Students at Florida International University are expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in every aspect of their lives. Honesty in academic matters is part of this obligation.
Academic integrity is the adherence to those special values regarding life and work in an academic community. Any act or omission by a student which violates this concept of academic integrity shall be defined as academic misconduct and shall be subject to the procedures and penalties set forth herein.
Definition of Academic Misconduct: The term "academic misconduct" is academic dishonesty and shall include the following acts and/or omissions:
a. Cheating, which is the unauthorized use of books, notes, aids or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations, or possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Any student helping another cheat may be found guilty of academic misconduct.**Source: Student Handbook, Florida International University. Refer to Student Handbook for balance of policy statement, which outlines students' rights, procedural and appellate issues.
b. Plagiarism, consisting of the deliberate use and appropriation of anotherís work without any indication of the source and the passing off of such work as the studentís own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas or materials taken from another is guilty of plagiarism.
c. Misrepresentation by lying to a member of the faculty, staff or administration to increase one's grade.
d. Misuse of computer services by the unauthorized use of any computer or computer project number or alteration or destruction of computerized information or files or unauthorized appropriation of another's program(s).
e. Bribery by offering money or any item or service to a member of the faculty, staff or administration to gain academic advantage for one's self or another.
f. Conspiracy by planning or acting with one or more fellow students, any member of the faculty, staff or administration or any other person to commit any form of academic misconduct together.
g. Falsification of records, tampering with or altering in any way any academic record used or maintained by the University.
h. Academic dishonesty in general by any act or omission not specifically mentioned above and which is outside the customary scope of preparing and completing academic assignments and/or contrary to the above stated policies concerning academic integrity. Any violation of this section shall require first a determination as to whether the act or omission constitutes academic misconduct.