Academic Integrity at Adams State University

in·teg·ri·ty \in-ˈte-grə-tē\

1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. (

Academic integrity is essential to the foundation of all higher learning environments. It requires individuals to take responsibility for their learning being individually accountable for completing assignments, projects, exams, practicums, research, and internships while demonstrating intellectual honesty. Integrity is a key component to the growth and success of the student and is something that is carried with the student through their professional life. Ethical behavior through independent thought between faculty and students allows for the highest level of academic achievement. These virtues in an environment which requires shared effort allows for quality exchange of ideas and learning through the building of mutual trust and respect.

Read the President's statement on Academic Integrity

Integrity Does Matter

Adams State University, to preserve academic integrity, does not tolerate academic dishonesty or misconduct. Every student is required to practice and adhere to the principle of ACADEMIC INTEGRITY while undertaking studies at Adams State University. Students and faculty at Adams State University value academic honesty as a virtue essential to the academic process. Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials, or the falsification or fabrication of one’s academic work will not be tolerated.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic dishonesty is regarded as an offense, which is disciplinary in nature although its control is essential to the academic enterprise. The list that follows includes examples, although not all-inclusive, of academic dishonesty:
  • Copying from another student’s exam 
  • Purchase of term papers turned in as one’s own 
  • “Padding” items on a bibliography 
  • Feigned illness to avoid an exam 
  • Submission of same term paper to another class without permission 
  • Study of a copy of an exam prior to taking a make-up exam 
  • Providing another student answers during an exam 
  • Use of notes or book during the exam when prohibited 
  • Turning in a “dry lab” without doing the experiment 
  • Sabotage of someone else’s work (on disk, in lab, etc.) 
  • Collaboration on homework or take-home exams when instruction called for independent work 
  • Providing test questions to student(s) in another section of the class 
  • Sharing of answers during an exam by using a system of signals 
  • Plagiarism: appropriating or passing off as one’s own work the writings, ideas, etc. of another, i.e., copying without giving credit due, forgery, literary theft, or expropriation of some other’s work 
  • Writing a term paper(s) or completing assignments for another student 
  • Alteration or forging of official university document 
  • Submission of tutor or other resource work assignments as one’s own 
  • Violation of copyright(s) 
  • Cheating on exams, papers, assignments, etc. 
  • Purchasing or requesting the service of completing course requirements from a third party source. 
  • Utilization of unapproved electronic devices during testing (i.e. Cell phones, tablets, media players, etc.)
  • Attempting to coerce or conspire with a proctor to disregard test proctoring procedures.
  • Coercing with a third party to complete an exam on your behalf. 
  • Providing falsifying information on registration, exam request forms, and to online proctoring services in an attempt to bypass test administration policies and procedures.

Violations of Academic Integrity

In the event an instructor discovers a student has intentionally violated the academic integrity provision of the ASU General Catalog and ASU Student Handbook, the instructor may assign a failing grade for the assignment or course. If a failing grade is assigned on an assignment or for the course, the instructor will provide supporting documentation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will create a confidential file concerning the matter. In the unfortunate event a student has violated the academic integrity policy on more than one occasion, the file will reflect all additional episodes. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may determine action is warranted beyond the instructor level. In such instances the case will be forward to the Vice President of Student Affairs for further disciplinary action.

ASU Resources and Policies

ASU Academic Integrity and Dishonesty Policy 100-03-01
ASU Academic Policies
ASU Student Handbook
ASU Distance Learning
Office of Academic Affairs
Office of Student Affairs