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Avoiding Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct, commonly referred to as “cheating,” undermines learning and threatens the university responsibility to certify student progress and educational achievement. These violations, including plagiarism, copying and collusion, among others, can have serious consequences, even if the misconduct was unintentional.

Upholding academic integrity is a requirement for "a university of the first class;" our institution as envisioned by the authors of the Texas Constitution of 1876. As key members of the university community, students share a responsibility for protecting academic integrity at UT.

Read the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities, Section 11-401 for the Institutional Rules on academic misconduct. Information on the conduct process and possible outcomes are included in other areas of Chapter 11 .

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Academic Integrity Tips

Here are some categorized tips and suggestions to help you avoid academic misconduct in your classes:

Be Proactive

One of the best ways to avoid academic misconduct is to manage your time and study habits. Explore Sanger Learning Center study strategies to build good study habits. Texas One Stop Keep Learning offers tools and resources specifically for online classes.

If You Are Suspected of a Violation

The student conduct process prioritizes due process. You will receive instructions from your instructor or Student Conduct staff. Keep any documents, emails, chats, or other evidence that could help you if you believe the suspicion is in error. Student Conduct staff will offer to meet with you to hear your side and review the evidence. They will also fully explain the conduct process and your rights.