Academic Misconduct

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Policy Statement
Reason for Policy

Additional Contacts
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Effective: Immediately
Last Updated: February 16, 2018

Responsible University Office:
Office of Academic Records and Promotions

Responsible University Administrator
Senior associate dean for medical student education

Policy Contact:
Assistant dean for student promotions and records

RESPONSIBLE Student Promotions Committee
ACCOUNTABLE Office of Academic Records and Promotions
SUPPORT Medical Student Education
CONSULT General Counsel
INFORM Executive associate dean for educational affairs

LCME Standards

3.5 Learning Environment/Professionalism
10.3 Policies regarding student selection/progress and their dissemination


Any individual enrolled in the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Policy Statement

It is the responsibility of the student not only to abstain from cheating but, in addition, to avoid the appearance of cheating and to guard against making it possible for others to cheat.

Reason for Policy

Any form of cheating is incompatible with the moral conduct expected of members of the medical profession and will not be tolerated.


Approved by the Curriculum Council Steering Committee 11/29/2016.


Students suspected of academic dishonesty will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee and may be dismissed from medical school.


As outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct:

Academic misconduct is defined as any activity that tends to undermine the academic integrity of the institution. The university may discipline a student for academic misconduct. Academic misconduct may involve human, hard-copy, or electronic resources.

Policies of academic misconduct apply to all course-, department-, school-, and university-related activities, including field trips, conferences, performances, and sports activities off-campus; exams outside of a specific course structure (such as take-home exams, entrance exams or auditions, theses, master’s exams, doctoral-qualifying exams, and dissertations); and research work outside a specific course structure (such as lab experiments, data collection, service learning, and collaborative research projects). The faculty member may take into account the seriousness of the violation in assessing a penalty for acts of academic misconduct. The faculty member must report all cases of academic misconduct to the dean of students or appropriate official. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Cheating: Cheating is considered to be an attempt to use or provide unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any form and in any academic exercise or environment.
    1. A student must not use external assistance on any in-class or take-home examination, unless the instructor specifically has authorized external assistance. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of tutors, books, notes, calculators, computers, and wireless communication devices.
    2. A student must not use another person as a substitute in the taking of an examination or quiz nor allow other persons to conduct research or prepare work without advance authorization from the instructor to whom the work is being submitted.
    3. A student must not use materials from a commercial term paper company or files of papers prepared by other persons or submit documents found on the internet.
    4. A student must not collaborate with other persons on a particular project and submit a copy of a written report that is represented explicitly or implicitly as the student’s individual work.
    5. A student must not use any unauthorized assistance in a laboratory, at a computer terminal, or on fieldwork.
    6. A student must not steal examinations or other course materials, including but not limited to physical copies and photographic or electronic images.
    7. A student must not submit substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the instructor or program to whom the work is being submitted.
    8. A student must not, without authorization, alter a grade or score in any way nor alter answers on a returned exam or assignment for credit.
  2. Fabrication: A student must not falsify or invent any information or data in an academic exercise, including but not limited to records or reports, laboratory results, and citation to the sources of information.
  3. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else’s work, including the work of other students, as one’s own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged, unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered “common knowledge” may differ from course to course.
    1. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.
    2. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever:
      1. Directly quoting another person’s actual words, whether oral or written.
      2. Using another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories.
      3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written.
      4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material.
      5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.
  4. Interference: A student must not steal, change, destroy, or impede another student’s work nor should the student unjustly attempt, through a bribe, a promise of favors or a threat, to affect any student’s grade or the evaluation of academic performance. Impeding another student’s work includes, but is not limited to, the theft, defacement, or mutilation of resources so as to deprive others of the information they contain.
  5. Violation of course rules: A student must not violate course rules established by a department, the course syllabus, oral or written instructions, or the course materials that are rationally related to the content of the course or to the enhancement of the learning process in the course.
  6. Facilitating academic dishonesty: A student must not intentionally or knowingly help or attempt to help another student to commit an act of academic misconduct nor allow another student to use his or her work or resources to commit an act of misconduct.


Disciplinary actions will be decided by the Student Promotions Committee, including possible dismissal from medical school.

Additional Contacts

Subject Contact Phone Email
Medical Student Education Student Affairs 317-278-2891
Records and Promotion Marti Reeser (317) 274-2208
Records and Promotion Kim Sandrick (317) 274-1970

Related Information

Professional Conduct Policy


Previously titled Cheating and Plagiarism.
Approved by the Curriculum Council Steering Committee 11/29/2016.
Title changed to Academic Misconduct with formatting changes on 02/16/2018.