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Taken from the UT Dallas Office of Judicial Affairs


In class or out-of-class academic exercises are representations of a student's individual aptitude and scholarly achievement. Each student is expected to exercise independent scholarly thought, expression and aptitude. While there is much to be gained through a well-functioning study group, participating in an act of collusion will prove detrimental. Absent specific authorization from the course instructor, each academic exercise is presumed to be prepared and submitted by one student acting individually and not in concert with others.

Acts of collusion can be purposeful or unintentional. Common examples are:

  • two students in the same class submitting a substantially similar essay, homework or computer program assignment
  • one student providing another with a copy of a completed assignment, only to have the assignment duplicated and submitted for credit with a new name
  • study or lab partners submitting duplicate solution reports



Attempting to or succeeding in gaining an unfair advantage in the academic arena is an act of scholastic dishonesty. Whether it is copying from another student’s exam paper, knowingly using or buying homework solutions or submitting a substantial portion of the same academic work more than once without prior written authorization from the instructor, cheating is a violation of the rules and will not be condoned at U. T. Dallas.

The motivation to cheat is varied among college students. Sometimes the motivation originates with the desire to secure admission into a graduate or professional school or to enhance employment opportunities or continuing eligibility for financial assistance. Significant motivating factors to some, but to the student with personal honor and integrity they are not sufficient to jeopardize a higher education investment.​



Proper citation of references is generally addressed by the assigned or adopted writing style manual. However, occasionally, papers are submitted that contain false references. The following represent the most common occurrences of false references:

  • references cited within the text body are omitted in an ending bibliography or end notes page
  • entries contained in the end notes listing are not cited within the body of the text
  • information contained within the reference is fabricated
  • the entire reference is fabricated

Minimize the opportunity for an allegation of scholastic dishonesty for using false references by incorporating the following into your preparation:

  • allow sufficient time to thoroughly research and gather all information necessary for proper citation and reference format
  • learn what the prescribed writing style requires for references and use it
  • double check the completed document with your research notes for accuracy