Preventing Academic Misconduct

According to data reported, 43% of undergraduate students admitted to cheating on written assignments or tests ( Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences has several cases of academic misconduct such as plagiarism, cheating, aiding/abetting, etc. At times, this is caused by stress, feeling pressured, or lapses in judgment/poor decision-making. In order to avoid allegations of academic misconduct, here are some recommendations on how to avoid academic misconduct and a visit to the Assistant Dean’s office:

  • You must become familiar with the differences between collaboration and group work. This is a very common mistake for students
  • Do not wait until the deadline to complete assignments. If you need an extension for any assignments, please contact your professors. *
  • Do not share your clicker with another student for attendance or to answer questions. This is considered cheating
  • Always cite your sources; this is a common mistake among students. You will be held responsible for plagiarism. Please utilize the Academic Writing Center for assistance.
  • Review the syllabus for each class carefully. Some professors have an academic integrity statement such as, “You will fail the class if you are found responsibility for violating the Student Code of Conduct.
  • During tests/exams, do not communicate with your classmates, use electronic devices, or take notes to the restroom. It’s easy for your professor to believe you may be cheating.
    • If there’s an opportunity, sit one seat away from your classmates during exams
  • Professors use SafeAssign to detect if any portion of the assignment has been compromised.
  • Do not share your paper/assignment with others. It is possible they may change your name and submit the same paper.

You should become familiar with the Notification and Resolution form you may receive if there’s an allegation of Academic Misconduct.

Please keep in mind, we are preparing you for the next stage of your journey. We offer educational sanctions at the University of Cincinnati.

*There’s no guarantee an extension will be granted; only the professor can make this decision.