Academic Misconduct

UWM expects each student to be honest in academic performance. Failure to do so may result in discipline under rules published by the Board of Regents (UWS 14) and the UWM implementation provisions (Faculty Document 1686). Academic misconduct is an act in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation, uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise, forges or falsifies academic documents or records, intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others, engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance, or assists other students in any of these acts. The most common forms of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism.

Guide for Instructors

Student academic misconduct procedures are specified in Chapter UWS 14
and the UWM implementation provisions (Faculty Document 1686).  For more information go to:  http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/policy/academicmisconduct.cfm

Guide for Students

UWM expects each student to act with integrity in their academic performance.  Failure to do so may result in discipline under rules published by the Board of Regents (UWS 14).  The most common forms of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism.

Academic integrity means honesty concerning all aspects of academic work.  Students are encouraged to consult with faculty for:

  • Correct procedures for citing sources of information, words, and ideas.
  • Ways to properly credit collaborative work on projects or study groups.
  • Strategies for planning and preparing for exams, papers, projects, and
    presentations.
  • The appropriate means to report cheating when it is observed.

Cheating includes:

  • Obtaining and using unauthorized material, such as a copy of an examination before it is given.
  • Submitting material that is not yours as part of your course performance,such as copying from another student’s exam, or allowing a student to copy from your exam.
  • Using information or devices not allowed by the faculty; such as using formulas or data from a computer program, or using unauthorized materials for a take-home exam.
  • Fabricating information, such as data for a lab report.
  • Violating procedures prescribed to protect the integrity of an assignment,
    test, or other evaluation.
  • Collaborating with others on assignments without the faculty’s consent.
  • Cooperating with or helping another student to cheat.
  • Other forms of dishonest behavior, such as having another person take an examination in your place; or, altering exam answers and requesting the exam be re-graded; or, communicating with any person during an exam, other than the exam proctor or faculty.

Plagiarism includes:

  • Directly quoting the words of others without using quotation marks or
    indented format to identify them; or,
  • Using sources of information (published or unpublished) without
    identifying them; or,
  • Paraphrasing materials or ideas of others without identifying the sources.

Internet Plagiarism

Students are responsible for abiding by the internet policies of UWM and the UW System. For more information, view the Acceptable Use Policy for UWM.

Academic Misconduct Procedures
If a student is believed to have engaged in academic misconduct, the faculty member (or investigating officer for cases when the faculty member is unavailable or not involved) will attempt to discuss the matter with the accused students. If the student does not respond to the offer to discuss the matter, the faculty member may proceed to make a determination on the basis of the available information. If it is concluded that misconduct did occur, one or more disciplinary sanctions are recommended and a written report is sent to the student. For all cases involving students who have previous cases of academic misconduct or who are recommended for suspension or expulsion, the Investigating Officer will conduct an additional investigation and submit findings to the student. The student may accept the finding(s) and sanction(s) or, within 10 days of mailing of the report, request a hearing before the Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee. The hearing decision shall be delivered to the student within 10 days of the hearing.

Grievance/Appeals
Each academic department has established grievance procedures for handling such matters as complaints pertaining to grades, treatment by faculty, and academic actions. Information about these procedures are available from the academic department office, Dean’s office of the school/college, from System policies on this website. For information concerning grievance procedures pertaining to non-academic matters, contact the Dean of Students Office, located in Student Union 345, dos@uwm.edu, or call 414-229-4632.