You may see or hear of other students engaging in some form of academic dishonesty. If so, do not assume that this misconduct is tolerated. Such violations are, in fact, regarded very seriously, often resulting in severe consequences.
Grade-related penalties are routinely assessed ("F" in the course is not uncommon), but students can also be suspended or even permanently expelled from the University for scholastic dishonesty.
Other potential consequences can be particularly far-reaching, such as the creation of a disciplinary record that may very well impact future opportunities.
Furthermore, incidents of scholastic dishonesty diminish the overall value of scholastic achievements on this campus and reflect poorly on the University.
When grades on assignments and exams reflect dishonest efforts rather than legitimate accomplishments, the academic progress of those students cannot be measured accurately and, in turn, any degrees awarded to them cannot reliably or fully attest to their actual scholastic achievements. The potential consequences of fraudulent credentials raise additional concerns for individuals and communities beyond campus who rely on institutions of higher learning to certify students' academic achievements, and expect to benefit from the claimed knowledge and skills of their graduates.
The value of a University of Texas degree is also inherently connected to the prestige of this institution and its academic units—colleges and schools, departments and individual degree programs. So the accrued costs of any damage to their earned reputations can adversely affect you and other students who someday will compete for jobs and/or admission into graduate programs or professional schools.
Altogether, these and other concerns reinforce and assure the University's serious interest in confronting academic dishonesty and holding students accountable for any such violations.