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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity and Scholastic Dishonesty

The University of Texas at Arlington strives to uphold and support standards of personal honesty and integrity for all students consistent with the goals of a community of scholars and students seeking knowledge and responsibility. Furthermore, it is the policy of the University to enforce these standards through fair and objective procedures governing instances of alleged dishonesty, cheating, and other academic/non-academic misconduct.

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is defined as being in firm adherence to a code or standard of values. It is a commitment on the part of the students, faculty and staff, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values:

  • Honesty
  • Truth
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

"From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action" (The Center for Academic Integrity, 1999). Unfortunately, when these ideals are not translated to each and every one in the academic community, academic dishonesty is inevitable.

What Constitutes Scholastic Dishonesty?

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and collusion on an examination or an assignment being offered for credit. Each student is accountable for work submitted for credit, including group projects.


  • Copying another's test or assignment
  • Communication with another during an exam or assignment (i.e. written, oral or otherwise)
  • Giving or seeking aid from another when not permitted by the instructor
  • Possessing or using unauthorized materials during the test
  • Buying, using, stealing, transporting, or soliciting a test, draft of a test, or answer key


  • Using someone else's work in your assignment without appropriate acknowledgement
  • Making slight variations in the language and then failing to give credit to the source


  • Without authorization, collaborating with another when preparing an assignment

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