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Sanctions are based on premeditation and may include permanent transcript notation and course failure.


Scenario: Academics

You are in a group of five students writing a paper for your Sociology 101 class. The other four members want to cut and paste everything from the internet because they believe the professor will not check the source of your information.You feel pressured to go along with the group, but you know that regardless of whether the professor checks, copying the content directly and alleging it is your own is not right. What do you do?

Additional Academics Scenarios

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Academics Scenario
You have been in the locker-room for the past 3 hours looking distressed while typing a paper on your laptop. Your teammate approaches you says he knows someone who will write your paper for you. All the person wants in return is tickets to the next 2 games. Your teammate states that he uses this person all of the time and has gotten the best grades ever. What do you do?

Academics Scenario
A classmate who has been partying a lot and totally blowing off school approaches you and asks to sit next to you during the midterm tomorrow. You have been to every class, studied hard, and even attended the review session last night. You feel a little resentful but don’t want to jeopardize the friendship. What do you do?

The same situation but your friend lost his sister in a car accident a month ago and has been missing class and isolating himself because of his depression. What do you do?

Academics Scenario
You have to complete an on-line exam by 11:00 pm tonight.  You have not viewed all of the lectures or completed all of the readings since the last exam.  Your teammate, who is taking the same course, plans to take the exam early this afternoon. She offers to have you sit next to her, at the computer, so that you can see all of the questions on the test. 

OR:   A classmate offers to log in, under your name, to take the exam.  What do you do?

Academics Scenario
A high profile student-athlete lies to a professor about why he had to miss a class/quiz which has put him in jeopardy of failing the class. He asks his advisor to write a note excusing his absence. She refuses. He goes to other advisors. They refuse. You are friends with the TA for the class and the student-athlete asks you to get the TA to vouch for him. What do you do?

Academics Scenario
You are in a class with 5 teammates. Your team is scheduled to leave for a road trip at 10am and your class excuse is from 8am on. Your coach calls you and says there is a flight delay and you don’t need to leave for the airport until 11am. You have a midterm in your 8:00 class. What do you do?


  1. Do you know how academic misconduct is defined at your University?
  2. Have you ever cheated before? If so, would you admit it if your professor asked you? What about in a job interview? Why or why not?
  3. What are the costs and benefits of cheating?
  4. In what ways do we help/hurt others by letting them cheat?
  5. In what ways do we help/hurt ourselves by cheating/letting others cheat?
  6. If a group member is caught cheating, how could that impact your group or your group’s image?
  7. What are the main reasons people cheat in your opinion?
  8. What is more important in determining your actions – integrity or loyalty?
  9. In what ways is being successful in your sport or other extracurricular activities similar to being successful as a student?
  10. How consistent are your actions with regard to the characteristics of, or strategies for, successful students, athletes and leaders (see below)?

Considerations and Characteristics


Academic misconduct can include:

  • Plagiarism (intentional or unintentional)
  • Cheat sheets/Other forms of cheating
  • Having someone take a test for you
  • Copying a test
  • Lying about circumstances
  • Having someone sign in for you

Did you know…?

Many times sanctions are determined by the level of premeditation of the infraction.
Sanctions can include:

  • Failing the class
  • Loss of credit in course
  • Written warning
  • Temporary transcript notation
  • Permanent transcript notation
  • Removed from major
  • Expulsion
  • Rescinding a degree

Characteristics of a Successful Student, Athlete, Leader

  • Maturity
  • Emotional Intelligence/Self Control
  • Motivation
  • Ability to handle stress
  • Good Decision Maker
  • Adaptable
  • Committed
  • Resilient
  • Assumes Personal Responsibility
  • Ability to ask for help
  • Honest with others and themselves

Action Steps



  • Plan Properly
  • Communicate Effectively- talk to your professor
  • Disclose – be honest and open about your situation
  • Know the material – take good notes
  • When in doubt – CITE!

Other Strategies for Success

  • Decide for yourself not to cheat.
  • Accept ownership for your academic success.
  • Set academic goals
  • Do not miss class
  • Study every day
  • Read and follow your class syllabus – plan ahead
  • Get help as soon as you need it
  • Build a relationship with your professor or the TA
  • Review all your exams
  • Participate in class

If a friend is cheating, plagiarizing, skipping classes, or doing poorly in classes, then consider taking these action steps:


Talk to the person:

  • Talk to the person about why the behavior is happening.
  • Know appropriate resources/support
  • Remind them of consequences
  • Discuss Value Based Decisions – is it worth it?
  • Talk to professor about prevalence of cheating – be a part of the systems change.


  • Talk to an academic advisor
  • Talk to a professor or TA




  • University Code of Conduct
  • Professors
  • Academic Staff
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Tutoring
  • Teaching Centers or Learning Centers on campus
  • Other support systems


Including types of plagiarism, ways to prevent and FAQs:

  • The Purdue OWL – Online Writing Lab – EXCELLENT!
  • VAILTutor: An Online Tutorial providing an overview of academic integrity concepts and practical tips for avoiding plagiarism. Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College, 2003
  • Plagiarism Resource Site (Including self test)
  • Plagiarism in the Digital Age:
  • A Way for Students to check their work – Write Check
  • For Facilitators – National Association for Academic Advisors for Athletes – N4A

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