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Academic Misconduct Links of Interest

Graduate students at the University of Memphis are expected to observe the regulations and policies that govern the behavior of students as members of this academic community. These regulations and policies are published in the Student Handbook. In particular, graduate students should become familiar with the University's policies on plagiarism in its various forms. Furthermore, term papers may not be used to meet the requirements of more than one course unless approved in advance by both instructors.

The University of Memphis Code of Student Conduct defines academic misconduct as all acts of cheating, plagiarism, forgery, and falsification.

The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes or tests
  • Using sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments
  • Acquiring tests or other academic material before such material is revealed or distributed by the instructor
  • Misrepresenting papers, reports, assignments or other materials as the product of a student’s sole independent effort
  • Failing to abide by the instructions of the proctor concerning test-taking procedures
  • Influencing, or attempting to influence, any University employee in order to affect a student’s grade or evaluation
  • Any forgery, alteration, unauthorized possession, or misuse of University documents
The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full or clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

Academic misconduct also includes furnishing false information to a University official, faculty member, or office; or the forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification.The Academic Discipline Committee, a standing University committee appointed by the President, addresses allegations of academic misconduct.

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