Academic dishonesty is defined as an act of academic fraud. It could be any of the following:
• cheating: the use of unauthorized material during a test, or the act of copying from another student;
• plagiarism: the unauthorized use or use without proper citation of either someone’s published work, unpublished material in someone else’s computer files or material derived from the Internet;
• theft: any form of unauthorized procurement of academic documents, e.g., exams, student reports;
• falsification: any form of illegal alteration of academic documents for any purpose including improper alteration of experimental data obtained in the laboratory;
• impersonation: the act of permitting another person to substitute for oneself at an examination;
• obstruction: interference with or sabotage of the work of any other person through vandalism or theft;
• assistance: the act of helping another to commit fraud in any of the above-mentioned ways.
The need to foster academic honesty imposes a nexus of responsibilities on the Institute, its students and faculty.
The Institute: The Institute’s responsibility is to publish relevant policies, ensure that all such publications are consistent with each other, and implement the policies in a consistent manner.
Students: Each student’s responsibility is to understand for every academic assignment what is expected from him/her and what would indicate academic dishonesty.
Faculty: It is the responsibility of the instructor of a course to clearly articulate any special case of academic dishonesty that is relevant to that course but not covered in Academic Dishonesty Section above.