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Academic dishonesty or “cheating” is defined as any form of deceit, fraud, or misrepresentation in academic work. Plagiarism is one form of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is using other people's ideas and, or words without clearly acknowledging the source of the information. Any outside source used in a student’s writing must be cited, whether used as a direct quotation or a paraphrase.

What happens if a professor thinks someone is cheating?

  1. A professor or student informs the Dean of Students of a possible cheating incident, providing relevant material and information.
  2. The Dean of Students conducts an investigation of the case, in consultation with the professor and the student(s) involved, and determines if an Academic Integrity Offense has occurred.
  3. If the student is found responsible for an Academic Integrity Offense, the Dean applies appropriate penalties. The student, the student’s advisor, the professor of the course in which the cheating occurred, and the Registrar’s office are informed. Copies of relevant paperwork are placed in the student’s permanent file. 

What options does a student have if he disagrees with a decision from the Dean of Students?

The student has the opportunity to appeal the decision to an independent Board of Appeals consisting of AUIS community members. An appeal of an Academic Integrity Offense must be made in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs within one week of the decision by the Dean of Students to record the incident as an offense. The student must provide a rationale for the appeal beyond an assertion of innocence.

What happens if someone gets caught cheating?

First offense: Student will receive a grade of 0 on the assessment in question, with no option to re-submit the assessment.

Second offense: Student will fail the class in which the cheating occurred.

Third offense: Student will be expelled from the university without the possibility of readmission.

Has anyone ever been expelled from AUIS because of cheating?

Unfortunately, yes. More than one student has been expelled after earning a third strike. 

Unfortunately, sometimes we make mistakes, and there are consequences for those actions.

For 20 percent of cases professors bring to the Office of the Dean of Students, the student is not even contacted, because the case does not meet the criteria for cheating. Approximately 50% of the other cases brought are “teachable moments”, in which the Dean reviews the student’s missteps with him or her and the incident is not recorded as a strike. In about 30% of cases, the evidence meets the definition of cheating and the student receives a “strike”, which means that an academic integrity offense is recorded in the student’s permanent file in the Registrar’s office.