Frequently Asked Questions

Common Student Conduct & Ethics Questions

I was involved in an incident of misconduct. What can I expect?

Information regarding the Student Conduct Process and Procedures can be found on the Student Conduct Code webpage.

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What are some of the sanctions commonly assigned to Student Conduct Code violations and how are they decided upon?

Please refer to the Sanctions/Corrective Measures section of the Student Conduct Code.

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What happens if I don’t cooperate with the conduct process?

It is highly recommended that you participate in the conduct process so that your voice may be heard and information you feel is important may be considered. However, you may refuse to participate actively. In that case, a decision will be made based on the information the conduct administrator has, and if it is determined you are responsible, charges and sanctions will be assigned to you. You would still have the opportunity to challenge the outcome through an appeal.

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Is it okay to use Google?

Plagiarism via the internet is becoming one of the most common forms that we see today. Search engines like Google make it easy for students to find information on the internet, and the temptation to use this information directly is hard to resist. Even copying a sentence or two, if used without citation, is considered plagiarism. The same search engines and anti-plagiarism software make it just as easy for the instructor to detect plagiarism. Unfortunately, this is an easy trap for students to fall into.

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Collaboration: does working with others count as cheating?

Not always, but it depends. Generally speaking, students are expected to complete all of their academic work independently unless they’re told otherwise by the course instructor. So, if students work with others on a class assignment that was intended by the instructor to be an individual assessment, the instructor may consider this an integrity violation. Students should always check with the instructor about the rules and if allowed, engage in honest collaboration which means acknowledging when they have worked with others on an assignment.

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Does it count as cheating if my instructor didn’t tell me I couldn’t do something?

Faculty will not verbalize every unauthorized behavior. As a student, you’re expected to know some of the basics of excelling with integrity. For example:

  • Cite your sources.
  • Complete in-class tests and take-home tests independently.
  • Complete your own homework assignments.

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What is Netiquette?

Netiquette is essentially norms for interacting with others on the internet in a considerate, respectful way. The Core Rules of Netiquette are from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea. Click this link ( to learn more.

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