The function of education is to expose students to new knowledge. The function of assignments and tests is to see if the students have absorbed that knowledge. Therefore, claiming the contributions of others is the exact opposite of learning. It maintains ignorance, and ignorance is the enemy of education. Academic dishonesty thus includes the following activities:
- Cheating: giving and/or receiving unauthorized assistance in any exercise or examination
- Plagiarism: representing the words or ideas of others as if they were your own
- Falsification: inventing or falsifying information, citation, or data in any exercise
- Multiple Submission: submitting substantial portions of any academic exercise more than once for credit without the prior approval of the instructor
- Complicity: facilitating any of the above actions or doing anther student’s work
- Interference: hampering other students from performing their assignments
The consequences of academic dishonesty include, but are no limited to, failing the assignment, failing the course, or expulsion from the university. The exact consequences depend on the severity of the offence and whether the student has committed multiple acts of academic dishonesty.