Academic Misconduct

III-D-1. Academic Misconduct

No student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law shall commit an act or omission constituting academic misconduct. Academic misconduct includes:

  1. Cheating. Cheating includes giving, receiving, or using any materials, information, or study aids from any source prohibited by the instructor. Cheating also includes other dishonesty or fraud relating to law school work or violating the rules established by the instructor to govern work for that instructor.
  2. Plagiarism. Plagiarism occurs when students claim or submit as their own original work, the research, ideas, or writings of another without acknowledging and clearly identifying the source, all without regard to the quantity of material used. Examples of plagiarism include copying, summarizing, or paraphrasing another’s work without proper attribution. It is not a defense to plagiarism that there was no intent to deceive, to misrepresent, or to gain any unfair advantage.
  3. Misrepresentation. Misrepresentation includes any material deception or falsification relating to academic or law school matters, or providing information relating to the student’s academic or law school record that is false or misleading, or improperly altering or forging any academic or law school document or record, including falsifying attendance records.
  4. Misuse of property or services at the law school. Misuse of property or services includes stealing, hiding, damaging, defacing, destroying, or impeding access to property or services of the library, of the law school, or of any member of the law school or university community.

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