The course instructor can assign a failing grade to the assignment on which the student cheated, or assign a failing grade for the course. The instructor may also report the offense to the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Student Conduct Committee, who may impose additional consequences.


Explanation From the current
 MSUM Student Handbook

The University expects all students to represent themselves in an honest fashion. In academic work, students are expected to present original ideas and to give credit to the ideas of others. The value of a college degree depends on the integrity of the work completed by the student.

In practice, what does this mean? 

1. Academic Misconduct/Dishonesty

Failure to show integrity in meeting academic obligations includes but is not limited to : cheating, plagiarism, and the unauthorized use of materials prepared by another person.

The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to:

a) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;

b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or

c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.

The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to,

a.) the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment;


b.) the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term paper or other academic materials.


last updated July 24, 2007

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