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Academic Honesty

This is the current policy as of Fall 2015.
Need the old policy? Applies to classes taken during and before Summer 2015.

Undergraduate and graduate education at Rochester builds on the principle that excellence is achieved by exercising freedom in our scholarly and creative endeavors. Honesty and integrity are prerequisites of this freedom. Academic honesty in the advancement of knowledge requires that all students and instructors respect the integrity of one another's work and recognize the importance of acknowledging and safeguarding intellectual property.

Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of the trust upon which an academic community depends. The College Academic Honesty Policy is both an articulation of the kinds of behaviors that violate this trust and the means by which that trust is safeguarded and restored. In the College it is our goal to educate all members of the University community about the nuances of this complex issue.

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In the related resources section, undergraduate and graduate students can learn how to avoid academic dishonesty and what they should know if they are accused of academic dishonesty. Instructors can find information about how to apply the policy in their courses and what they should do if they suspect academic dishonesty.

Both instructors and students can test their knowledge of the College’s academic honesty policy by taking our academic honesty quizzes:

  • Honesty Quiz #1: Think you've got the process down? Try this quiz about the academic honesty policy and board procedures.
  • Honesty Quiz #2: Is this dishonest? See how you score on this quiz of sticky academic honesty situations.

The College Board on Academic Honesty consists of a Chair, at least eleven faculty members, at least eleven undergraduate students, and at least two graduate students. The chair oversees the administration of the board and reviews all cases that are submitted. Cases that are submitted for Board Resolution are heard by five board members—three faculty members (or a designated representative) and two students (undergraduate students for cases involving undergraduates, and graduate students for cases involving graduates).

The College Board on Academic Honesty is responsible for reviewing all cases of suspected academic dishonesty by College undergraduate students or in College courses, as well as by Arts, Science and Engineering graduate students.

The College Academic Honesty Policy, voted on and approved by the Faculty Council, requires all instructors to report suspected dishonesty to the board, either through one of the two Instructor Resolution processes that allow them to address the matter directly, or by forwarding a case to the board for a hearing using the Board Resolution Process. These forms, along with the College Honesty Policy, are available for downloading at the links below.

All questions and concerns regarding academic honesty in the College should be addressed to the board via this link.

Academic Dishonesty Report Forms Downloads: