Student Guide to Academic Integrity

Student Guide to Academic Integrity

All University of Washington students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the academic community. Among the standards of conduct for UW students includes the responsibility to practice "high standards of academic and professional honesty and integrity."  WAC 478-120-020(2) (a).

Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, facilitation, plagiarism, and fabrication in connection with any exam, research, course assignment, or other academic exercise that contributes, in whole or in part, to the satisfaction of requirements for courses or graduation. The following definitions, while not exhaustive, are intended to provide examples of the types of activities that can result in a charge of academic misconduct.

Cheating: Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance, or intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials or information.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Copying from another student.
  • Using unauthorized study aides or "cheat sheets," or other people's work.
  • Altering assignments or exams and submitting them as your own work.
  • Offering false excuses in order to gain time extensions.
  • Submitting an assignment to more than one class without instructor permission.
  • Submitting someone else's work (e.g., that of a friend or commercial service) as your own.
  • Getting someone to take an exam for you or taking an exam for someone else.
  • Receiving unauthorized help on an exam or prohibited help on an assignment.

Facilitation: Helping or attempting to help another student engage in academic misconduct.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Giving unauthorized help on exams or prohibited help on assignments. (Students are often encouraged to work together to help each other learn, but may not do so on exams (unless specifically authorized) or on any assignments when the instructor indicates otherwise.)
  • Giving test or assignment answers to students in the same or another section of the same class after such answers or information have been made available to you but before they have been provided to other students.
  • Completing an assignment or exam on behalf of another student.

Plagiarism: Using another person's original words, ideas, or research, including material found on the Internet, in any academic exercise without properly crediting that person.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Failing to cite all sources used.
  • Using another author's sentence or phrase structure without proper citation.
  • Paraphrasing another author without crediting the author.
  • Using another author's ideas without proper citation (e.g. footnotes, endnotes, etc.).
  • Using another's original work (writing, art, music, mathematics, computer code, or scientific work) in whole or in part without crediting that person.
  • Stating facts that are not common knowledge without citing the source.

Fabrication: Creating false information or data and presenting it as fact.

Examples include but are not limited to:  

  • Making up false quotes, statements, data, or sources.
  • Improperly manipulating another's data to support your own theories.
  • Citing sources that were not used.
  • Misrepresenting your academic accomplishments to instructors or employers.

Avoiding academic misconduct

The following guidelines are intended to help UW Bothell students make responsible choices involving matters of academic conduct and to help them understand their individual responsibilities and obligations as members of the University community.

  • Be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct, statements, guidelines, and enforcement procedures provided by the University of Washington and UW Bothell. Those who violate University rules regarding academic honesty are subject to disciplinary sanctions, including suspension and dismissal. Ignorance is no defense.
  • Be honest and act respectfully toward others at all times. Do not seek unfair advantage over others by cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, or facilitation.
  • Encourage others to behave fairly and to respect ethical academic conduct. Accept responsibility by refusing to assist in others' misconduct and discouraging others from engaging in misconduct. Recognize that you are authorized to report clear cases of academic misconduct when you have witnessed them.
  • If you are unsure about any part of an assignment, request clarification from the instructor. Failure to understand clear instructions is no excuse for misconduct. When in doubt, always ask!

Make safe assumptions about academic honor: It is your responsibility to understand and follow academic standards for crediting the sources of ideas, information, and phraseology to avoid plagiarizing.