Academic Integrity

Maintaining ethical standards 

Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Distance students are held to the same standards as on-campus students.

Academic dishonesty is defined as "an (intentional) act of deception" in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cheating: use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, or study aids
  • Fabrication: falsification or invention of any information
  • Assisting: helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty
  • Tampering: altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents
  • Plagiarism: representing the words or ideas of another person as one's own

Some examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Use of textbooks, notes or any unauthorized materials during an exam
  • Looking at other student's tests during an exam
  • Collaborating on assignments when collaboration is not allowed
  • Having someone take an exam for you or taking the exam for someone else
  • Obtaining exams or questions from exams through illicit means
  • Use of unauthorized websites during computerized exams
  • Assisting someone in one of these behaviors

Evidence of academic dishonesty in an OSU course may result in a grade of "F" on the examination/assignment that involved cheating and/or an "F" in the course.

To better understand academic dishonesty and how it affects you, please see Academic Integrity for Students.

Please remember that ignorance of these policies does not constitute a basis for waiving the rules. For more information, please refer to the OSU Student Conduct and Community Standards.

If you have questions about academic honesty, please contact the Office of Student Conduct at 541-737-3656.