Academic Dishonesty Policy

University policy as stated in the 2005 Graduate Bulletin of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University reads as follows:

Academic Dishonesty Policy

Academic dishonesty -includes but is not limited to the following:                          

  • Cheating, or knowingly assisting another student in committing an act of cheating or other academic dishonesty.
  • Plagiarism (unauthorized use of another person's word or ideas as one's own which includes but is not necessarily limited to submitting examinations, theses, reports, drawing, laboratory notes or other materials as one's own work when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person.
  • Unauthorized possession of examinations or reserve library materials, destruction or hiding of source materials, library materials, or laboratory materials or experiments or any similar actions.
  • Unauthorized changing of grades or marking on an examination or in an instructor's grade book, or such change of any grade record.
  • Aiding or abetting in the infraction of any of the provisions anticipated under the general standards of student conduct.
  • Assisting another student in violating any of the above rules.

A student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty has failed to meet a basic requirement of satisfactory academic performance. Thus, academic dishonesty is not only a basis for disciplinary action but may also affect the evaluation of the student's level of performance. Any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty is subject to disciplinary action. The procedure for disciplinary action will be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the University governing academic discipline.

In instances where a student has clearly been identified as having committed an academic act of dishonesty, the instructor may take appropriate punitive action including a loss of credit for the assignment, an examination or project, or award a grade of "F" for the course subject to the review and endorsement of the chairperson and the dean. Repeated offenses could even lead to dismissal from the University (p. 74-75).