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Academic Conduct Details

An academic community requires the highest standards of honor and integrity in all of its participants if it is to fulfill its mission. In such a community, faculty, students and staff are expected to maintain high standards of academic conduct. The purpose of this policy is to make all aware of these expectations. Additionally, the policy outlines some, but not all, of the situations that can arise that violate these standards. Further, the policy sets forth a set of procedures, characterized by a “sense of fair play,” which is used when these standards are violated. In this spirit, some definitions of academic misconduct are listed below. These are by no means exhaustive.

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Academic Misconduct

Any act that violates the spirit of the academic conduct policy is considered academic misconduct. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:

Includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Copying from another student’s test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files and listings.
  2. Using in any academic exercise or academic setting, material and/or devices not authorized by the person in charge of the test.
  3. Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during an academic exercise without the permission of the person in charge of the exercise.
  4. Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting or soliciting in its entirety or in part, the contents of a test or other assignment unauthorized for release.
  5. Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, in a manner that leads to misrepresentation of either or both students’ work.

The appropriation, theft, purchase or obtaining by any means another’s work, and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of that work as one’s own offered for credit. Appropriation includes the quoting or paraphrasing of another’s work without giving credit therefore.

The unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing work offered for credit.

Mutilating, destroying, concealing or stealing such materials.

Unauthorized or illegal use of computer software or hard- ware through the TCU Computer Center or through any programs; terminals; or freestanding computers owned, leased or operated by TCU or any of its academic units for the purpose of affecting the academic standing of a student.

Unauthorized alteration or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification involves altering information for use in any academic exercise. Fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information for use in any academic exercise.

The submission by the same individual of substantial portions of the same academic work (including oral reports) for credit more than once in the same or another class without authorization.

Helping another to commit an act of academic misconduct.

Knowingly and falsely accusing another student of academic misconduct.