Identifying Misconduct

Academic misconduct is the failure to be honest, fair, and responsible in scholarly and practical work. At UFV we are committed to setting standards that promote academic honesty and foster mutual respect for all members of the university community. Types of academic misconducts include, but are not limited to the following:


Plagiarism occurs when a student presents as his or her own the work or data of someone else. For example, taking an idea, words, images, or code from an author and presenting it as your own.


Examples of cheating include communicating with others, writing formulas on your arm, and using a mobile to look up answers during an exam.


Impersonation occurs when one individual claims to be another in class, in an online class or environment. in a test, examination, or interview, or in connection with any other type of assignment or placement associated with a course or academic program.

Improper access to examination materials

Improper access to examination materials occurs when a student acquires, possesses, and/or distributes examinations, examinations materials, or information from an examination without the instructor’s authorization.

Falsification or unauthorized modification of an academic document/record

Falsifying, fabricating, or in any way modifying an academic document or record used in support of an application, record, petition/appeal, or endeavor constitutes academic misconduct. For example, forging a doctor’s note or altering your transcript.

Resubmission of work

Submitting, in whole or part, an essay, presentation, or assignment more than once, whether the earlier submission was at this or another institution, unless prior approval has been obtained from the instructor(s), constitutes academic misconduct. 

Improper research practices

Improper research practice includes but is not limited to the following: dishonest reporting of investigative results, either through fabrication or falsification, taking or using the research results of others without permission or due acknowledgement, or misrepresentation or selective reporting of research results or methodologies.

Aiding and abetting

This is when a student encourages, enables, conspires with, or causes others to do or attempt any of the above academic misconducts. For example, helping a classmate access examination materials.

The academic conduct standards set by UFV are outlined in the Student Acacdemic Misconduct Policy (70).

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