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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UC Denver

Managing a Course

Handling Academic Dishonesty

As members of the UC Denver academic community, faculty and students accept the responsibility to maintain the highest standards of intellectual honesty and ethical conduct in all forms of academic work. The CLAS Academic Ethics Committee, which is composed of faculty, students and staff, is charged with establishing academic ethics policies and, when necessary, to evaluate ethics charges against students.

According to CLAS syllabus policy, all CLAS syllabi should contain a summary statement concerning academic ethics expectations (see the syllabus template here). Rather than assuming that the boundaries of academic integrity are obvious to all students, faculty should view this topic as one that may need to be taught. Many students do not know the definitions of the offenses covered by the CU Denver Honor Code:

  • plagiarism,
  • cheating,
  • fabrication and falsification;
  • multiple submission,
  • misuse of academic materials, and
  • complicity in academic dishonesty.

Both faculty and students should consult the Honor Code, an elaboration of which also appears on the CLAS website linked here.​

Academic Dishonesty Incidents
Faculty Responsibilities
Frequently Encountered Situations