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Academic Integrity for Students - Did You Know?

Students: Did You Know...

This page explores a range of topics related to academic standards and academic integrity. More questions? Contact the Office of Academic Integrity via email or by phone at (304) 293-8111!


  1. General Information
  2. Appeals
  3. Plagiarism
  4. Cheating
  5. Fabrication or Falsification
  6. Facilitation
  7. Sanctions
  8. Things that Lead to Academic Dishonesty
  9. Resources

General Information

  • That reports of academic dishonesty have risen nearly 500% in the last three years?
  • That anything that allows you to gain an unfair advantage over another student may be considered academic dishonesty?
  • That you may be held responsible for academic dishonesty, even if you did not know that you violated the University's rules?
  • That academic dishonesty can occur outside of a class - for example, in your application for admission?
  • That you have both rights and responsibilities as a WVU student, including:


  • That you only have ten academic days to appeal a final grade?
  • That you only have ten academic days after being notified by email to appeal a charge or sanction related to academic dishonesty?
  • That not responding to an email that notifies you about a charge of academic dishonesty is the same as accepting the charge and proposed sanction?


  • That the University's definition of academic dishonesty includes multiple types of plagiarism?
    • That you can plagiarize yourself - for example, by reusing work you submitted in another class (or in the same course, if you have taken it before)?
    • That you can plagiarize someone's words, ideas, or media?
    • That you can plagiarize something that isn't published, such as a friend's paper?
    • That paraphrasing or directly quoting something without citing it is plagiarism?
    • That even if you cite something, it is still plagiarism if you improperly paraphrase it or fail to use quotation marks?
    • That it is never acceptable to pay someone to complete academic work for you?
    • That it is never acceptable to turn in something that simply isn't yours?
  • That faculty can and will use technology - such as Google or Turnitin - to detect plagiarism and find plagiarized sources?


  • That the University's definition of cheating includes more than just copying from someone else on an exam?
    • That working with other students on an assignment may or may not be considered cheating - and that you should always ask your instructor to make sure?
    • That working with other students on an exam is academic dishonesty?
    • That using a phone, smart watch, tablet, laptop, website, notes, or anything else the instructor hasn't specifically permitted to complete work is academic dishonesty?
    • That using course materials like old tests, assignments, or even notes (whether online or given to you by another student) without the permission of the instructor can be academic dishonesty?
    • That working with others to intentionally cheat is likely to result in more severe sanctions?
    • That the amount and ways you can work with other students is likely to be different for each instructor, course, major, and college?

Fabrication or Falsification

  • That all forms of fraud - as defined in the University's policy - are serious violations of the University's academic integrity rules?
    • That helping someone else get attendance points - by signing them into class, or using their iClicker - is academic dishonesty?
    • That forging or altering an "educational record" - for example, a grade - is academic dishonesty?
    • That impersonating another student is academic dishonesty?
    • That lying during the investigation or appeal process is academic dishonesty, and can lead to new charges and sanctions?


  • That under the University's definition of academic dishonesty, helping someone else cheat - or persuading them to cheat on your behalf - is treated just as seriously as taking that assistance?


  • That you can fail a course, receive an Unforgivable F (one that never comes off your transcript), and even be dismissed from your major or expelled from the University on your first academic dishonesty violation?
  • That repeated offenses can and often do lead to dismissals from a major, probation, suspension, and/or expulsion from the University?

Things that Lead to Academic Dishonesty

  • That students identify many different factors that can lead to academic dishonesty, such as:
    • Lack of interest in your courses?
    • Financial stress - for example, potential loss of a scholarship?
    • Fear of failure?
    • Simply having the opportunity to cheat?
    • Lack of a connection with your instructor?
    • Feeling like you have too much work?
    • Procrastination or poor time-management skills?
    • Lacking self-confidence?
    • Peer pressure - for example, surrounding yourself with others who cheat?
    • Anxiety about grades - or about your future, more generally?


  • That you can ask your instructor, your department chair or dean, or the Office of Academic Integrity if what you’re doing (or thinking about doing) is acceptable?
  • That you can share any concerns about academic dishonesty with the Office of Academic Integrity?
  • That your instructor can explain to you how you will earn your grade and what you can do to get feedback before something is due?
  • That the Carruth Center is available to provide support when you feel overwhelmed or anxious?
  • That the University has an Office of Student Success, which offers multiple services - from tutoring to success coaching?
  • That WVU Libraries has a plagiarism avoidance tutorial that you can take anytime for free?
  • That the Office of Global Affairs provides additional resources and services for international students?