Unless otherwise specified by the professor, all work presented by a student is assumed to be that student's original work, created or prepared by that student while working alone. Academic integrity violations at Roanoke College include the following offenses:

A.  Cheating:

  1. Practicing, or attempting to practice, dishonesty or deception in the taking of tests or in the preparation or submission of academic work purported to be one's own;
  2. Copying or attempting to copy from another person's test, paper, or other graded work in a course;
  3. Submitting an assignment prepared for one class to the professor of another class, unless permissions have been obtained to do so; 
  4. Securing or attempting to secure the assistance of other persons in the preparation of graded course work without the express consent of the instructor; 
  5. Using during a testing period, or bringing into a testing area with the intent to use, any notes or other prepared materials which a student is not permitted to consult;
  6. Aiding or abetting another person in an act of cheating.

B.  Lying:

  1. Committing a forgery or uttering a statement known to be false or dishonest, orally or in writing, for the purpose of, or having the effect of, protecting or improving one's grade in a course, one's academic record, or one's academic standing;
  2. Uttering a statement known to be false or deceitful in an Academic Integrity Panel or Board proceeding;
  3. Uttering a statement known to be false or deceitful to protect another person from apprehension or punishment for a violation of academic integrity.

C. Plagiarizing:

  1. Appropriating and passing off as one's own the writings, ideas, data, or interpretations of another;
  2. Presenting as one's own an idea or product derived from an existing source.

D. Unauthorized Use of an Electronic Device:  Using an unauthorized electronic device during a testing period for any reason;

E. Impeding an Investigation: Falsifying information, attempting to falsify information, or intimidating participants in an academic integrity investigation or hearing.

F. Denying Access to Academic Materials: Removing in an unauthorized manner or vandalizing library materials or other materials related to course assignments or knowingly receiving and using such materials.

G. Any other actions that violate student regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook or public statutes for the purpose of leading to or supporting an academic integrity violation as outlined above will be considered integrity violations and will fall under the jurisdiction of the Academic Integrity Council.

It is impossible to provide unequivocal academic integrity rules that adequately cover all situations in which violations may occur. Appendix A provides guidelines for some academic assignments and situations that students commonly encounter. Appendix B provides guidelines for avoiding plagiarism. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their professors whenever they have questions about an academic integrity matter.

Read More:  Academic Integrity Penalties