The University of Minnesota Student Conduct Code

It is your responsibility to know and understand what is expected of you at the University.

The University’s Board of Regents has an approved Student Conduct Code which defines important terms like learning support and testing platforms, plagiarism, and unauthorized collaboration. The Student Conduct Code also defines general behavior prohibitions such as scholastic dishonesty.

Take some time and explore the student conduct code related to plagiarism and scholastic dishonesty in the following excerpt.

Student Conduct Code excerpt

Section III Subd. 5. Plagiarism

Plagiarism shall mean representing the words, creative work, or ideas of another person as one’s own without providing proper documentation of source. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • copying information word for word from a source without using quotation marks and giving proper acknowledgement by way of footnote, endnote, or in-text citation;
  • representing the words, ideas, or data of another person as one’s own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference, in-text citation, or footnote;
  • producing, without proper attribution, any form of work originated by another person such as a musical phrase, a proof, a speech, an image, experimental data, laboratory report, graphic design, or computer code;
  • paraphrasing, without sufficient acknowledgment, ideas taken from another person that the reader might reasonably mistake as the author’s; and
  • borrowing various words, ideas, phrases, or data from original sources and blending them with one’s own without acknowledging the sources.

Section 4 . Subd. 1. Scholastic Dishonesty.

Scholastic dishonesty means plagiarism; cheating on assignments or examinations, including the unauthorized use of online learning support and testing platforms; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work, including the posting of student-generated coursework on online learning support and testing platforms not approved for the specific course in question; taking, acquiring, or using course materials without faculty permission, including the posting of faculty-provided course materials on online learning support and testing platforms; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement; altering, forging, misrepresenting, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying data, research procedures, or data analysis






The University’s Office of Community Standards has information available on consequences and sanctions for violating the Student Conduct Code and provides links to additional resources to help you develop habits of academic integrity.

If your instructor suspects scholastic dishonesty, they are required by University policy to report it.

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