CHEATING

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Plagiarism, Multiple Submissions of the Same Work, Fabrication, Cheating and Facilitating Academic Misconduct Everyone knows that you are not supposed to cheat. Unfortunately, there are some students at UCLA who act dishonestly, anyway. Those students jeopardize their financial aid, University housing and academic careers each time they decide to use a “short cut”. What’s even more unfortunate is that they ultimately jeopardize your academic career. Every “cheater” who “gets away with it” affects you - from lowering your grade in a course by throwing off a grading curve to lessening the value and prestige of a UCLA degree.

You may find the expectations for academic behavior at UCLA to be different from those of any other school you have attended. Do not assume that what was acceptable there (for example, in terms of using or not using reference citations, collaborating with friends on assignments or manipulating lab data), will be acceptable here. The general expectations at UCLA are described below; specific expectations for each class are usually found in the syllabus (which you are expected to read). You should always check with your instructor if you have any doubt about a particular assignment.

Plagiarism: “The use of another’s ideas or words as if they were one’s own.” Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: a) obtaining, by purchase or otherwise, a part of, or an entire work, which you then represent as your original work;
b) representing as your own work identifiable ideas, data or wording of another;
c) omitting the true source of any idea, data or argument in any assignment so that the reader assumes the work is your own. Paraphrasing or summarizing the contents of another’s work is usually acceptable if the source is clearly identified, but neither technique constitutes independent work. If you wish to discuss your ideas for a paper with another student or get editing help once you have written your paper, check with your instructor to be sure your collaboration meets the instructor’s expectations for independent work. (Adapted from the University of Rhode Island’s “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” and the University of New Hampshire’s “Rules of Conduct.”)

Multiple submissions: The submission by a student of any work which is concurrently or has been previously submitted for credit in identical or similar form in one course to fulfill any of the requirements of another course. To do so without prior permission from the current instructor(s) is impermissible and shall be considered academic dishonesty. In other words, unless s/he gives you alternative instructions, your current instructor expects the work which you submit to be prepared for that course only.

Fabrication: Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. For example, your laboratory report should be a discussion of the results of an experiment which you performed. If you miss a lab, talk with the instructor about alternative arrangements. If you attended the lab, but your results are not what you believe they should have been, talk with the instructor. Do not assume, in either case, that you may fabricate the lab report or invent the data.

Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise; or, helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty. For example, when you take an exam, whether in class or out of class, it is expected that the responses you give are your own, without looking at or copying someone else’s work and without receiving any unauthorized assistance from notes or friends. Do not knowingly allow anyone to copy from your work. If you have a question about an exam or if you believe someone is cheating, talk with your instructor, TA, or proctor. Once an exam has been returned to you, do not alter your answers and then resubmit the exam for additional credit.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Facilitating academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, knowingly helping another student commit an act of academic misconduct (e.g., cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions).

Everyone faces stress at UCLA - it will happen to you. You might oversleep, forget an assignment, or miss a midterm, and you will probably be worried about your grades as a result. The smartest thing you can do is get some assistance - legitimate assistance - from any of the numerous offices here to help: College Tutorials, the Academic Advancement Program (AAP), Student Psychological Services (SPS), your instructor, study groups and tutors. You can find these resources listed in this directory. Please think again if you are tempted to cheat. It may look easy, but chances are good that you will be caught and the consequences (usually Suspension or Dismissal) are far more long-lasting than getting some extra help and honestly giving it your best; not taking the exam; dropping the class and re-taking it next quarter; or requesting an Incomplete grade.

For more information about student conduct regulations and procedures, please visit or call the Office of the Dean of Students, (310) 825-3871.