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Academic Integrity

The Boise State Student Code of Conduct states:

“Boise State promotes Academic Excellence as a core Shared Value upholding the virtue of honesty in the pursuit of knowledge as a hallmark of an institution of higher education. Engaging in behavior with integrity and honesty is a hallmark of a graduate of Boise State University. The ultimate recognition for the scholarly work completed by a student is the conferring of a degree, which represents the University’s indication that the recipient has engaged in academic work that is representative of her/his own efforts and that was completed with integrity and honesty.”

The code of conduct also describes academic integrity in terms of seven categories of behavior.

  1. Cheating. This refers to using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise that would result in an unfair advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
    a. Unauthorized copying of class assignments, such as examinations, before, during, or after the assignment, either for a student’s own use or for the use of others.
    b. Depending on or providing the aid of sources not authorized by the faculty member in preparing for exams, writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.
    c. Acquiring, without permission, any assignment or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.
    d. Creating, keeping, or using unauthorized collections of assignments.
    e. Having someone else complete a class assignment or attend class in place of a student.
    f. Completing a class assignment for someone else.
    g. Assisting others in acts of academic misconduct through the facilitation of behavior which would violate the Student Code of Conduct for academic misconduct.
  2. Plagiarism.This refers to using the ideas, data, or language of another as one’s own without specific or proper acknowledgment or citation. Not knowing how to present a proper citation is not a valid excuse for plagiarism. As an author of a manuscript for publication or a class assignment, it’s the student’s responsibility to know appropriate citation methods and/or seek guidance/help when using another’s work. includes, but is not limited to, the following if done without proper acknowledgement of the original source:
    a. Copying another person’s work, published or unpublished.
    b. Paraphrasing another person’s work, published or unpublished.
    c. Using another person’s ideas, arguments, and/or thesis from a published or unpublished work.
    d. Using another person’s research from a published or unpublished work.
    e. Using materials prepared by a person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
    f. Using copyrighted material without obtaining permission. Refer to Boise State policy #1090 for more information.
  3. Fabrication. This refers to the unauthorized falsification of information, invention of information, or submission of contrived or altered information in an academic exercise. Examples of fabrication include, but are not limited to:
    a. Making up data for an experiment.
    b. Citing nonexistent articles.
    c. Creating false journal entries.
    d. Contriving sources.
  4. Multiple Submissions. This refers to submitting, without prior permission from the course instructor, any work previously submitted to fulfill another academic requirement.
  5. Misrepresentation of academic records. This refers to falsifying, tampering or attempting to tamper with any portion of a student’s transcripts or academic record, either before or after coming to Boise State University.
  6. Unauthorized Collaboration/Collusion. This refers to completing all academic coursework and assignments without assistance, unless otherwise instructed or granted permission by the instructor.
  7. Research Misconduct. This includes but is not limited to, sabotage of another’s experiment or research and/or fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. For more information, refer to the Office of Research Compliance website and Boise State policy #5060.