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