Code of Conduct
The University grading system is built on trust. The University trusts you to submit work which is solely your own, and the University trusts your instructor to assign grades fairly. When you break this trust and either submit work which is not entirely your own or permit others to submit your work as their own, you put the fairness of the entire grading system at risk. Therefore, cheating in this course will simply not be tolerated.
Cheating is defined as either submitting work which is not entirely your own or making it possible for another to submit your work as if it is their own. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following actions:
If you forfeit the trust placed in you by taking an action which can be construed as cheating, it is very likely that you will be caught. And if you are caught cheating, it is a virtual certainty that you will be punished. The precise nature of the punishment will be decided only after an investigation of the circumstances is completed. However, unless significant mitigating circumstances can be identified, the most likely punishment will be failure from the course. At the very least, you will receive a punishment substantially worse than a simple zero for the assignment or exam in question.
Note that when you are failed from the course for cheating, your instructor is obligated by University regulations to inform their departmental chair, your academic advisor, and the dean of your college of this event in writing. Even if you are not failed from the course, your instructor may, at their discretion, provide written notice of their disciplinary actions to some or all of the same individuals. These letters of notification may, in turn, lead to additional consequences, such as further disciplinary action and/or difficulty with graduate school admission.
Please fill out the blanks in the statement that follows and return the signed copy to your instructor before leaving class.
I, _____________ (print your name), have read the above statements as they pertain to the course _____________ (course number). By signing below, I am indicating that I understand and accept both the definition of cheating presented and the likelihood that I will be failed from the course if I am caught cheating.
Signed: _______ Date: ________