There are many resources on campus to understand exactly what Academic Integrity means, here you can find the most reliable information to help you during your academic success. In addition, if you are accused of ever having committed a violation of the Honor Code or not meeting Academic Integrity standards, you can find resources about how best to respond, what is expected, etc.
Honor Code Procedures-Student Responsibilities
This is a chronological list to assist students who have been accused of violating the Honor Code. The list reflects specific actions described in the Honor Code University Policy (UPPS 07.10.01). The student may consult with the Honor Code Council chair or vice chair (Hearing Officers) regarding the matter or with the Dean of University College on policy or procedural concerns.
If a faculty member alleges a student’s involvement in academic misconduct,
- The student will receive a notification from the faculty member with a request to meet.
- At the meeting the faculty member will clearly communicate their observations, the evidence supporting the alleged charge of academic misconduct, and the prescribed penalty. The faculty member and student will then discuss the alleged incident.
- After the meeting, the faculty member, using the TXST (secure) File Transfer system, will provide the Determination Verification Form to the student to complete and return to the faculty member using the TXST (secure) File Transfer system. This form will allow the student to choose between accepting the faculty member’s finding and penalty or to contest the finding and/or penalty. If the student accepts the finding of academic misconduct and the penalty, the Honor Code Council considers the matter closed and no hearing is required. Failure to attend this meeting and/or refusal to sign the form within three business days may result in a hold placed on the student’s academic record until the matter is resolved.
- If the student chooses to challenge the finding of academic misconduct and/or the penalty, they have a right to a hearing before the Honor Code Council.
- The Hearing Officer will contact the student to provide them with information about the hearing process.
- The Hearing Officer will make every effort to set the hearing within ten business days and at a time convenient for the faculty member and student and based on the availability of Honor Code Council members.
- The student is allowed to provide evidence to refute the allegation. Any evidence provided must be directly related to the allegation. The student should provide copies of any evidence to the Hearing Officer at least three days prior to the hearing. The student will have the opportunity to respond to the code violation and evidence during the hearing.
- The Hearing Officer will provide the date, time, and location of the hearing as well as make the documents and evidence (from the faculty member and student) available for the hearing.
Myths about Cheating and Plagiarism
Fact: Not always, but it depends.
Generally speaking, you're expected to complete all of your academic work independently unless your instructor has told you otherwise. Therefore, if you work with others on a class assignment that was intended by the instructor to be an individual assessment, the instructor may consider this academic misconduct.
Always check with the instructor if you aren't sure, and acknowledge the people who helped you on an assignment.
Fact: Copying or using someone else's ideas or words without attribution is always cheating, even if you have paraphrased.
If you use the Internet or any source in completing a class assignment, you must cite that source within the document and at the end in your bibliography or references. You should engage in this practice even if the instructor doesn't grade for proper citation – get in the habit!
Fact: You cannot use old exams in preparing for or taking a test if it was not explicitly authorized by your instructor. If you come across some old exams for your particular course, ask your instructor if you can use them to study.
Fact: If you use any other person's phrasing or actual sentences, regardless of the extent or length, cite your source. This is true for using other people's ideas, too.
If you are not sure, talk to your instructor about the proper citation format.
Fact: Texas State University instructors will not verbalize every unauthorized behavior. As a Bobcat, you are expected to know some of the basics of academic integrity.
If you are in doubt about academic integrity, always return to this default position: Produce independent work unless you are told otherwise (or ask your instructor for guidance).
- You must cite your sources.
- You must complete in-class tests and take-home tests independently.
- You must complete your own homework assignments.