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Appendix 3: Academic Integrity at Maryland

The University of Maryland is an academic community. Its fundamental purpose is the pursuit of knowledge. Like all other communities, the University can function properly only if its members adhere to clearly established goals and values. Essential to the fundamental purpose of the University is the commitment to the principles of truth and academic honesty. Accordingly, the Code of Academic Integrity is designed to ensure that the principle of academic honesty is upheld. While all members of the University share this responsibility, the Code of Academic Integrity is designed so that special responsibility for upholding the principle of academic honesty lies with the students.

Academic dishonesty is a corrosive force in the academic life of any university. It jeopardizes the quality of education and depreciates the genuine achievements of others. Academic dishonesty committed by a student includes any of the following acts.

CHEATING - intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.

  • The use of books, notes, calculators, conversations with others, etc., is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
  • Students must not allow others to conduct research or prepare any work for them without advance authorization from the instructor. This includes the services of commercial term paper companies.
  • Substantial portions of the same academic work may not be submitted for credit or honors more than once without authorization.

FABRICATION - intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

  • Invented information may not be used in any laboratory experiment or other academic exercise without notice to and authorization from the instructor.
  • A student should acknowledge reliance upon the actual source from which cited information was obtained.
  • Students are prohibited from attempting to alter and resubmit returned academic work without notice to the instructor.

FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY - intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this Code.

PLAGIARISM - intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise.

  • Direct Quotation: Every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or appropriate indention and must be promptly cited.
  • Paraphrase: Prompt acknowledgment is required when material from another source is paraphrased or summarized, in whole or in part, in your own words.
  • Borrowed Facts or Information: Information obtained in one’s reading or research that is not common knowledge among students in the course must be acknowledged. Materials that contribute only to one’s general understanding of the subject may be acknowledged in the bibliography and need not be immediately cited.

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense that may result in suspension or expulsion from the University. The normal sanction for academic dishonesty is a grade of "XF," denoting "failure due to academic dishonesty." The XF grade will normally be recorded on the transcripts of students found responsible for acts of academic dishonesty, in addition to any other action taken (e.g., suspension or expulsion). A 40-student Honor Council has the responsibility to investigate allegations of academic dishonesty and to convene Honor Boards to adjudicate charges. In specified circumstances, the Student Honor Council will accept petitions to remove the XF grade from a transcript and replace it with the grade of "F."

The Code of Academic Integrity is reprinted in full on the Student Honor Council’s site. For further information, contact the Student Services Office or the Student Honor Council. Ann Carlson Weeks ( is the College of Information Studies’ academic integrity liaison and should be contacted when an allegation of academic dishonesty is made within the College.