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Student Copyright Guide: Academic Honesty Policy

This guide is an overview of copyright law, terms, and practices.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic dishonesty, also known as academic misconduct and academic fraud, is any form of cheating or unfair conduct in an academic setting. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  • Turning in assignments that were created or written by another person
  • Plagiarizing someone else's work
  • Fabricating or falsifying data, signatures, dates, etc.
  • Tampering with grades
  • Distributing or receiving tests or test questions before they are taken
  • Taking tests in someone else's place
  • Acquiring or providing assignments improperly, such as by buying, selling, or stealing
  • Turning in an assignment that has already been turned in/graded for another course


Students found guilty of academic dishonesty may be subjected to course grade reduction, an automatic failing grade, temporary suspension, or permanent expulsion from Kutztown University.

Kutztown University's Academic Honesty Policy

Kutztown University's full Undergraduate Academic Honesty Policy can be found here.

This guide was created by Sarah Schaffer, Class of 2020, as a Professional Writing internship project for the Rohrbach Library.