Academic Misconduct


Any practice or conduct by a member of the University community that deviates from those ethical standards which are commonly accepted within the educational community.


In order to encourage and foster academic excellence, the University of Northern Colorado expects students to conduct themselves in accordance with certain generally accepted norms of scholarship and professional behaviors. Because of this expectation, the University does not tolerate any form of academic misconduct. Academic misconduct is an unacceptable activity in scholarship and is in conflict with academic and professional ethics and morals.

Examples (but not limited to)

  • Cheating – A student uses a smart phone to access the internet while taking an quiz.
  • Copyright Infringement – A student uses a photograph found on the internet in a presentation without obtaining permission from the photographer.
  • Deception – A student gives a dishonest excuse when asking for a deadline extension.
  • Denying access to information or materialA student makes library or shared resource material unavailable to others by deliberately misplacing those resources.
  • FabricationA student invents data in an academic work.
  • Facilitating academic misconduct – a student knowingly allows a portion of their work to be used by another student.
  • Plagiarism – A student represents the ideas of another in a paper without citing the work.
  • Sabotage – A student prevents others from completing their work by opening a window to affect a temperature controlled experiment.
  • Unauthorized collaboration – A student works with other students on a paper without the specific permission of the instructor.
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