Dishonesty | Spalding University Student Handbook


1. Lying: Knowingly furnishing false information, orally or in writing, including but not limited to deceit or efforts to deceive relating to academic work, to information legitimately sought by an official or employee of the University, and to testimony before individuals authorized to inquire or investigate conduct; lying also includes the fraudulent use of identification cards.

2. Cheating: The actual giving or receiving of unauthorized, dishonest assistance that might give one student an unfair advantage over another in the performance of any assigned, graded academic work, inside or outside of the classroom, and by any means whatsoever, including but not limited to fraud, duress, deception, theft, talking, making signs, gestures, copying, electronic messaging, photography, unauthorized reuse of previously graded work, and unauthorized use or possession of study aids, memoranda, books, data, or other information. The term cheating includes engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.

3. Attempted Cheating: A willful act designed to accomplish cheating, but falling short of that goal.

4. Altering Documents: The forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification.

5. Election Fraud: Tampering with the election of any University-recognized student organization; or similar activities.

6. Plagiarism: The verbatim repetition, without acknowledgement, of the writings of another author. All significant phrases, clauses, or passages, taken directly from source material must be enclosed in quotation marks and acknowledged either in the text itself or in footnotes/endnotes. Borrowing without acknowledging the source. Paraphrasing the thoughts of another writer without acknowledgement. Allowing any other person or organization to prepare work which one then submits as one’s own. The University Catalog, as well as Volume VI (Academic Policies), govern all issues related to academic integrity.