Academic Honor Code

As a student in the MAOS program, you join a community of scholars who are committed to excellence in teaching and learning. We assume that students will pursue their studies with integrity and honesty; however, all students should know that incidents of academic dishonesty are taken very seriously.

When students are caught cheating or plagiarizing, a process is begun that may result in severe consequences.

It is vitally important to your academic success that you know what constitutes academic dishonesty.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

The two most common kinds of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism. Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means. Plagiarism is representing the work of someone else as your own and submitting it for any purpose.

It is your responsibility to know what constitutes academic dishonesty. Interpretations of academic dishonesty may differ among individuals and groups. However, as a student in MAOS, you are expected to refrain from the behavior outlined above. If you are unclear about a specific situation, speak to your instructor. The following list identifies some of the activities defined as academic dishonesty:


  1. Copying, in part or in whole, from someone else's test;
  2. Submitting work presented previously in another course, if contrary to the rules of either course.
  3. Altering or interfering with grading;
  4. Using or consulting, during an examination, any sources, consulting with others, use of electronic equipment including cell phones and PDAs, or use of materials not authorized by the instructor.
  5. Committing other acts that defraud or misrepresent.


  1. Incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts of another person's writings, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as your own;
  2. Representing another's artistic or scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings or sculptures as your own;
  3. Submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service, including the Internet; or
  4. Undocumented Web source usage.        

Other Specific Examples of Academic Dishonesty

  1. Purposely allowing another student to copy from your paper during a test;
  2. Giving your homework, term paper or other academic work to another student to plagiarize;
  3. Having another person submit any work in your name;
  4. Lying to an instructor to improve your grade;
  5. Altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading;
  6. Stealing tests;
  7. Collaboration without permission of instructor.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Academic and/or administrative sanctions may be applied in cases of academic dishonesty.

Academic consequences may include:

  1. Receive a failing grade on the test, paper or exam;
  2. Have your course grade lowered;
  3. Receive a grade of F in the course.

Administrative consequences may include:

  1. Disciplinary probation.
  2. Disciplinary suspension.

Academic Probation

If your overall GPA falls below a 2.0 (C average), you will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Disqualification
You may be dismissed from MAOS if you are on probation for three consecutive quarters. If you are dismissed, you will receive official notice of dismissal by mail the following quarter.