Academic Integrity

Policy on Academic Integrity

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes cheating?
Cheating is defined as:

  • The intentional use of or attempted use of unauthorized assistance, materials, information, and/or study aids in completing an academic exercise.
  • The act of collaborating and working together on any academic exercise without the approval of the instructor, producing an exercise which is similar in content and form, so as to create doubt as to whether the work was truly the product of individualized effort.

Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to: a) giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during examinations; (b) submitting an assignment that is so similar in appearance, content, and form to an assignment submitted by another person that it could not have been independently produced.

What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is when a person deliberately uses or reproduces ideas, words, or statements of another as one’s own without proper acknowledgement or citation. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to: (a) using verbatim or paraphrased text without proper citation; (b) paraphrasing so as to mislead the reader regarding the source; (c) submitting, without permission, the same written or oral material in more than one course; and (d) obtaining research or laboratory data from another individual or source but presenting it as one’s own.

What other types of academic misconducts are there?
The other types of academic misconduct are:

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty is defined as intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act or acts of academic dishonesty as defined in this policy. Examples of facilitating academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to: (a) sharing your course test questions/assignments to another student and (b) writing another paper for someone else to use and claim as their own assignment.

Fabrication is defined as the intentional or unauthorized falsifying or inventing of any information or citation in an academic exercise or University document. Examples of fabrication include, but are not limited to: (a) falsifying data or signatures of an official University document (e.g., registration form, college record, and/or transcript) and (b) misrepresenting a fact in order to obtain a course exemption, waiver, or withdrawal.

What happens if I have been accused of violating the Academic Integrity policy?
The professor will file a report of academic dishonesty to the Vice President of Academic Affairs via the college dean. If the situation can be resolved by the course instructor, the appropriate sanction will be given. If the student disagrees with the instructor’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the appropriate college dean in accordance with the Academic Grievance procedures, which is listed in the Student Handbook. If the student accused of academic dishonesty is nearing his/her graduation date, then the review process will be accelerated accordingly.

Where can I get assistance to help me with my work?
At HPU, there are various resources and services available to help you with your academic coursework. Contact your professor, visit your instructor during office hours, see a tutor in the Center for Academic Success, and check out resources online such as for help.

Who can I talk to at HPU to answer my questions or address my concerns?
Talk to your professor, an academic advisor, or a staff member at HPU.