Academic Integrity

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is defined as the following intentional acts or omissions committed by an FIU student:

  1. Cheating: The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or unauthorized use of on-line exams, library materials or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers (or on-line examination) or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Any student helping another cheat may be found guilty of academic misconduct
  2. Plagiarism: The deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism. Any student helping another to plagiarize may be found guilty of academic misconduct
  3. Misrepresentation: Intentionally lying to a member of the faculty, staff, administration, or an outside agency to gain academic advantage for oneself or another, or to misrepresent or in other ways interfere with the investigation of a charge of academic misconduct
  4. Misuse of Computer Services: The unauthorized use of any computer, computer resource or computer project number, or the alteration or destruction of computerized information or files or unauthorized appropriation of another’s program(s)
  5. Bribery: The offering of money or any item or service to a member of the faculty, staff, administration or any other person in order to commit academic misconduct
  6. Conspiracy and Collusion: The planning or acting with one or more fellow students, any member of the faculty, staff or administration, or any other person to commit any form of academic misconduct together
  7. Falsification of Records: The tampering with, or altering in any way any academic record used or maintained by the University
  8. Academic Dishonesty: In general, by any act or omission not specifically mentioned above and which is outside the customary scope of preparing and completing academic assignments and/or contrary to the above stated policies concerning academic integrity

Charges of Academic Misconduct may be brought against a student (hereafter Charged Student) by a faculty member, a chair, or a dean (hereafter Complainant). Charges may be filed by the aforementioned persons on behalf of a staff person, another student, or a person not affiliated with the University, who reasonably believes that a student has committed academic misconduct.

The Complainant, who suspects academic misconduct, must meet with the student in order to inform him/her of the allegation(s), to provide any evidence, and to allow the student to respond, before either entering into an Informal Resolution, as described below, or filing the Complaint Form Alleging Academic Misconduct with the Faculty Fellow for Academic Integrity.

These policies and procedures apply to both Undergradute and Graduate students.

To view the full university policy, guidelines, and procedures for academic misconduct, please refer to the Student Handbook


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