Seminar in Ethics and Academic Integrity, University of Colorado at Boulder

Are Any of These Cheating?*

1. Copying someone else’s homework, assignment, or report.
2. Working on homework with one or two friends and then all handing in the same papers.
3. Working with a friend on an assignment when the teacher told you to work independently.
4. Copying another student’s answers on a test or letting someone copy answers from your test.
5. Writing notes on a small piece of paper, or the bill of your cap, or your arm to look at during a test.
6. Pretending you’re sick so you can take a test later, then asking a friend to tell you the questions.
7. Asking someone who took the test earlier for the questions before you take your test.
8. Reading a condensed version instead of the original book assigned for a report.
9. Seeing a film or video of the book instead of reading a book assigned for a report.
10. Reading an English version of a literary work assigned to be read in a foreign language.
11. Using a file of old tests to study last year’s final exam from the same class.
12. Brainstorming an assignment with other students and then each writing your own essay.
13. Sharing laboratory experiment results and changing some data to make your reports look different.
14. “Fudging” the data on your lab report to get the results you want or need.
15. Not telling the instructor when you discover that the score on your exam is added incorrectly, in your favor.
16. Contacting a software manufacturer to check your statistics homework assignment before you submit it.

*Predominantly based on, and used with permission from Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era: a Wake-Up Call by Ann Lathrop and Kathleen Foss. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited

Prepared by: Jeffrey T. Luftig, Ph.D. Leeds School of Business