Department of History Policy on Academic Misconduct


The purpose of a university education is to learn. Cheating, plagiarizing, and other acts of dishonesty do not contribute to learning. They are, rather, attempts to avoid learning that defeat the very purpose of education.

You owe it to yourself and your reputation as a student to be well informed as to what constitutes plagiarism and to avoid even the suspicion that you are guilty of it: Using sources properly to avoid plagiarism.



Definitions, procedures, appeals, and sanctions

The Department of History at The University of Memphis bases its academic misconduct policy on the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.



A student may be found to have engaged in academic misconduct, if they engage in any act of academic dishonesty which may include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Making use of or providing unauthorized assistance (including ChatGPT or other AI tools) or materials in the preparation or taking of an examination or other academic coursework;
  2. Acting as a substitute for another person in any academic evaluation or assignment;
  3. Utilizing another person as a substitute for him/herself in any academic evaluation or assignment;
  4. Committing plagiarism by presenting as one’s own work, for academic evaluation or assignment, the ideas, representations, or works of another person or persons or oneself without customary and proper acknowledgment of sources;
  5. Knowingly submitting one’s work for multiple assignments or classes unless explicitly authorized by the instructor;
  6. Committing an act that materially prevents, impedes, and/or impairs others from completing an academic evaluation or assignment; and/or
  7. Attempting to influence or change one’s academic evaluation or record, through dishonesty, coercion, threat, and/or intimidation.


The Department of History follows the Academic Misconduct Process defined by the Office of Student Accontability.