Academic Integrity Policy

Student Conduct & Care works in collaboration with the Office of the Provost to maintain the standards of Academic Integrity (AI). After reviewing the Academic Integrity Policy outlined below, read about the Academic Integrity Conduct Process.

Drexel University's Academic Integrity Policy prohibits the following examples of academic misconduct. 


Plagiarism is the inclusion of someone's previously documented words, ideas, or data in one's own new and original work. When a Student submits work related to their academic coursework or co-op that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, including one's own previously submitted work, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references; and, if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well. By placing their name on work submitted, the Student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments. A Student must obtain permission from the current instructor, prior to submission, to use their previously submitted work in a new and original work.

Plagiarism covers unpublished as well as published sources. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:


  • Quoting another person's actual words, complete sentences or paragraphs, or an entire piece of written work without acknowledgment of the source.
  • Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theory, even if it is completely paraphrased in one's own words, without acknowledgment of the source.
  • Using one's own previously submitted work as new and original without permission from the instructor.
  • Using facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials that are not clearly common knowledge without acknowledgment of the source.
  • Copying another Student's essay examination.
  • Copying, or allowing another Student to copy, a document or computer file that contains another Student's assignment and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one's own.
  • Collaborating on an assignment or sharing computer files and/or programs, then submitting individual copies of the assignment as one's own individual work. Students are urged to consult with
  • individual faculty members, academic departments, or recognized handbooks in their field if in doubt regarding issues of plagiarism.


Cheating is an act or an attempted act of deception by which a Student seeks to misrepresent that they have mastered information or a skill on an academic evaluation instrument, such as (by example, not limitation) a test, exam, or quiz, that has not in fact been mastered. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying from another Student's examination paper.
  • Knowingly and/or actively allowing another student to copy from your assignment, examination paper, text, quiz, or similar evaluation instrument.
  • Unauthorized use of a course textbook or other materials, such as (by example, not limitation) a notebook, to complete an examination or other assignment.
  • Collaborating on an examination, test, quiz, or other project with any other person(s) without authorization.
  • Inappropriately hosting, posting, or accessing materials in online forums, group chats, or other web-based platforms that are not authorized.
  • Using or processing specifically prepared materials during an examination such as (by example, not limitation) notes, formula lists, notes written on the Student's clothing, calculators, and/or smart devices that are not authorized.
  • Taking an examination for someone else or permitting someone else to take an examination for you.


Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Citation of information not taken from the source indicated; this may include the incorrect documentation of secondary source materials.
  • Listing sources in a bibliography not used in the academic product.
  • Submission in a paper, thesis, lab report, or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, or fictitious data or evidence; or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data or evidence.
  • Submitting as your own any written work, printing, sculpture, or other material prepared in whole or in part by another.
  • Other forms of scientific misconduct.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes academically dishonest acts such as tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of an administered or unadministered examination, test, quiz, project, or similar evaluation instrument. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an administered or unadministered examination.
  • Selling or distributing all or part of an administered or unadministered test, including questions and/or answers.
  • Bribing a person to obtain an administered or unadministered test or any information about the test.
  • Entering a University building or office for the purpose of obtaining an administered or unadministered test.
  • Signing in, swiping in, or logging in as someone else or permitting someone to sign in, swipe in, or log in for you in any academic setting such as, but not limited to, classes or common exams.
  • Failure to comply with assignment, exam, or test-taking parameters or requirements, as outlined by the instructor, including, but not limited to, use of earbuds/headphones, visible cell phone, use of video recording, talking/noise, or having others in the testing/assignment space.
  • Any unauthorized action taken for the purpose of changing a grade or grade record.
  • Changing, altering, or being an accessory to the changing and/or altering of a grade in a gradebook, on a test, a "change of grade" form, or other official academic record of the University that relates to grades.
  • Continuing to work on an examination or project after the specified allotted time has elapsed.
  • Buying or otherwise acquiring in any way a theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic artwork, and submitting it as your own work to fulfill academic requirements.
  • Selling, distributing, or otherwise supplying in any way a theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic artwork to another student for that Student's use in fulfilling academic requirements.

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