A general definition of cheating is the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials or information for an academic exercise.

Examples of cheating include but are not limited to:

  • Using unauthorized materials such as books, notes, calculators or other aids during an examination or other academic exercises;
  • Receiving unauthorized assistance from another person during an exam or exercise such as copying answers, receiving answer signals, conversation or having another person take an examination for you;
  • Providing assistance to another person during an exam or exercise, such as allowing your answers to be copied, signaling answers or taking an exam for someone else;
  • Obtaining answers and/or other information without authorization from someone who has previously taken an examination;
  • Including all or a portion of previous work for another assignment without authorization; and
  • Appropriating another person’s ideas, processes, result, or words without giving appropriate credit, i.e. an appropriate attribution or citation (plagiarism). For example, a student who quotes verbatim the results of a previous student’s work in a required term paper, but fails to credit the individual through citation. The work is recent and thus cannot be considered common knowledge.