Cheating - Taken from URI's University Manual
8.27.10 Cheating and
Plagiarism. Students are expected to be
honest in all academic work. Cheating is the claiming of credit for
work not done independently without giving credit for aid received,
or any unauthorized communication during examinations.
student's name on any written exercise (theme, report, notebook,
paper, examination) shall be regarded as assurance that the work is
the result of the student's own thought and study, stated in the
student's own words and produced without assistance, except as
quotation marks, references and footnotes acknowledge the use of
other sources of assistance. Occasionally, students may be authorized
to work jointly, but such effort must be indicated as joint on the
work submitted. Submitting the same paper for more than one course is
considered a breach of academic integrity unless prior approval is
given by the instructors.
preparing papers or themes, a student often needs or is required to
employ sources of information or opinion. All such sources used in
preparing to write or in writing a paper shall be listed in the
bibliography. It is not necessary to give footnote reference for
specific facts which are common knowledge and have obtained general
agreement. However, facts, observations and opinions which are new
discoveries or are debatable shall be identified with correct
footnote references even when restated in the student's own words.
Material taken word for word from the written or oral statement of
another person must be enclosed in quotation marks or otherwise
clearly distinguished from the body of the text and the source cited.
Paraphrasing or summarizing the contents of another's work usually is
acceptable if the source is clearly identified but does not
constitute independent work and may be rejected by the
Notebooks, homework and reports of investigations or experiments
shall meet the same standards as all other written work. If any work
is done jointly or if any part of an experiment or analysis is made
by someone other than the writer, acknowledgment of this fact shall
be made in the report submitted. Obviously, it is dishonest to
falsify or invent data.
Written work presented as personal creation is assumed to involve no
assistance other than incidental criticism from others. A student
shall not knowingly employ story material, wording or dialogue taken
from published work, motion pictures, radio, television, lectures or
writing examinations, the student shall respond entirely on the basis
of the student's own capacity without any assistance except that
authorized by the instructor.
Instructors shall have the responsibility of insuring that students
prepare assignments with academic integrity. Instructors shall do all
that is feasible to prevent plagiarism in term papers or other
Instructors shall have the explicit duty to take action in known
cases of cheating or plagiarism. The instructor shall have the right
to fail a student on the assignment on which the instructor has
determined that a student has cheated or plagiarized. The
circumstances of this failure shall be reported to the student's
academic dean. The student may appeal the matter to the instructor's
dean, and the decision by the dean shall be expeditious and final.
The Vice Provost for Urban Programs shall be considered the
instructor's dean only in cases of courses offered exclusively
through the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education
(e.g. courses with the code BGS).
the violation warrants more severe censure, the instructor may
recommend additional action to the instructor's dean. Upon this
recommendation the dean may authorize the instructor to fail the
student in the course. The student or instructor may appeal the
dean's decision to the Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs whose decision on the appeal shall be final.
Either the instructor, the instructor's dean or the student's dean
may request judicial action (see 9.21.10-31) on an allegation against
a student for cheating or plagiarism. Any of the judicial sanctions
listed in sections 9.22.10-18 may be imposed after a finding of
guilty. If the request comes from an instructor it shall be
accompanied by a statement of position from the instructor's dean
(see 9.20.10 and 9.21.10).
record of scholastic integrity infractions where actions have been
taken (i.e., assignment of an "F" on an assignment and notification
of the student's dean, dean's authorization to assign an "F" for the
course, referral to the University Board on Student Conduct) will be
forwarded to the Office of Student Life. A cumulative file will be
maintained in that office. The Dean of Students shall notify the
student's dean of subsequent infractions.