Academic Integrity

Academic misconduct, which includes using unauthorized resources during an assessment, impersonating a student to take an exam, or misrepresenting another’s work as one’s own, undermines the educational experience at Colorado State University, lowers morale by engendering a skeptical attitude about the quality of education, and negatively affects the relationship between students and faculty/instructors.

CSU requires faculty and instructors to use reasonably practical means of preventing and detecting academic misconduct, and provides guidelines for resulting academic penalties and/or University disciplinary action.

Students are encouraged to positively impact the academic integrity culture of the University by not engaging in such behavior, and reporting incidents of academic misconduct that they are aware of.

Students judged to have engaged in academic misconduct may be assigned a reduced grade in the course and/or other penalties may be imposed. All incidents of academic misconduct will be reported to the Student Resolution Center for possible further disciplinary action. Incidents of impersonation may be referred to the University Police for criminal investigation.

Procedures and Appeals

Any evidence that a student is engaging or has engaged in an act of academic misconduct will be reported to a director of the Precalculus Program. The director will give the student an opportunity to provide an explanation of the incident. If the student admits to engaging in academic misconduct or if the director judges that a preponderance of evidence exists to support the allegation of academic misconduct, the director may impose an academic penalty and will report the incident to the Student Resolution Center.

If the student disputes a claim of academic misconduct, he/she should request a hearing with the Student Resolution Center. The University Hearing Officer will determine whether or not a preponderance of evidence exists to support the claim.  If the University Hearing Officer finds insufficient evidence, the penalty imposed by the Precalculus Program director will be reversed and the student’s previous status in the Program restored. If the University Hearing Officer finds the student culpable, the Hearing Officer may impose additional University disciplinary sanctions.

For further information see “Students’ Responsibilities” in the General Catalog.