Academic Integrity

The integrity of an academic program and degree rests on the principle that the grades awarded to students must reflect only their own individual efforts and achievement.

Students are required to perform the work specified by the instructor and are responsible for the content of work submitted, such as papers, reports, examinations, and other work. Violations of academic integrity include various types of plagiarism and cheating.


Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using exact words from a source without appropriate crediting
  • Cutting and pasting electronically from any source without appropriate crediting
  • Using wording and/or sentence structure too close to the original in paraphrasing
  • Using visual images in whole or in part created by someone else without appropriate crediting
  • Buying a paper and presenting any part of it as your own
  • Borrowing any part of a paper and presenting it as your own without appropriate crediting
  • Falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise


Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

  • Obtaining or giving assistance in any academic work such as on quizzes, tests, homework, etc., without instructor’s consent
  • Taking a test or course or turning in work for someone else
  • Allowing someone to take a test or course or turn in work in your name
  • Using crib notes or electronic devices to get unauthorized assistance on tests or other in-class work
  • Using work from another class or previous semester without instructor consent

Discipline for Violations of Academic Integrity

Violations of academic integrity will be addressed by your instructor who may reduce your grade on the assignment or test. Your instructor also has the right to assign you a grade of F in the course as a result of cheating or plagiarism.

Violations of academic integrity will also be reported to your academic dean and to the dean of students. These individuals may recommend additional penalties which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting with the academic dean
  • Meeting with the dean of students
  • Recommendation for removal from program
  • Recommendation for suspension from Hawkeye

The penalty of a grade of F takes precedence over a course withdrawal received by the Student Records and Registration office on the same day or later than the incident of academic dishonesty.

If you feel the penalty you received is unjust, contact the dean of students within five full college days to request a review by the Academic Integrity Review Board. The board is composed of:

  • Dean of students (presiding)
  • At least three faculty representatives selected from the Academic Standards and Issues Committee
  • One Student Leadership Council representative
  • Director of student records and registration (serving ex officio)

The board will meet with you and your instructor to review the case and recommend a course of action to the vice president of academic affairs. The vice president of academic affairs or designee may affirm, reverse, or modify the decision regarding the violation and/or sanctions imposed.

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