Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an honest and responsible manner free from fraud and deception. It is the basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing (Refer to Nursing Student Professional Behavior/Student Conduct – Student Handbook, p. 508-B).

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of academic dishonesty. 

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, tampering with the academic work of other students, ghosting or misrepresenting, altering exams, or computer theft.

Definitions/Violations of Academic Integrity Policy

Cheating/Copying – having unauthorized materials or electronic devices, providing or receiving information, possessing testing materials before administration.

Plagiarism – intentionally or carelessly presenting the work of another as one’s own. This can range from failing to cite an author for ideas incorporated into a student’s paper, to cutting and pasting paragraphs from different websites, to handing in a paper downloaded from the Internet. It also includes fabricating information and citations, and submitting other student’s papers as one’s own.

Fabrication – the use of invented, counterfeited, altered, or forged information in assignments of any type, including those activities done in conjunction with academic courses that require students to be involved in out-of-classroom experiences. 

Facilitating Acts of Academic Dishonesty – unauthorized collaboration on work; permitting another to copy from one’s exam or written work; writing a paper for another; inappropriately collaborating on home assignments or exams without permission or when prohibited.

Unauthorized Possession of Examinations – buying or stealing of exams or other materials; failing to return exams on file or reviewed in class; selling exams; photocopying exams; any possession of an exam without the instructor’s permission.

Submitting Previous Work – submitting a paper, case study, lab report, or assignment that had been submitted for credit by you in a prior class without the knowledge and permission of the instructor. 

Tampering – changing one’s own or another student’s work; tampering with work either as a prank or to sabotage another’s work.

Ghosting or Misrepresenting – taking a quiz or exam, or performing a class assignment in place of another student; having another student do the same in one’s place; signing in as present in class, clinical experience, or on-line educational activity for another student, or having another student do the same in one’s place.

Altering Exams – changing incorrect answers, and seeking favorable grade changes when instructor returns graded exams for in-class review, and then collects them; asserting that the instructor made a mistake in grading.  Other forms include changing the letter and/or numerical grade on a test.

Computer Theft – electronic theft of computer programs or other software, data, images, art, or text belonging to another.

Unauthorized Audiotaping – The use of any recording device without written permission of any instructor in any course. The instructor retains the right to revoke permission at any time.

Unauthorized photography – Use of photography or photographic equipment or images without written permission of any instructor in any course. The instructor retains the right to revoke permission at any time.

Unauthorized videotaping – Use of any video recording device without written permission of any instructor in any course. The instructor retains the right to revoke permission at any time.

Unauthorized Use of Protected Health Information – Photocopying, photographing, using smart technology, or any electronic means to reproduce any information from a patient’s electronic medical record is strictly prohibited. 


  1. Each student shall complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial at the beginning of each academic year.
  2. If a student is considered as having violated the Academic Integrity Policy, the instructor will inform the student, and will meet with the student to discuss the allegation. At the end of the meeting, the instructor decides whether or not a violation has occurred, and imposes appropriate sanctions. 
  3. Academic dishonesty may result in any of the following sanctions:
    1. Academic or clinical probation
    2. Reduced grade on an assignment
    3. A “zero” for the examination, quiz, or assignment in question
    4. Course failure
    5. Dismissal from the Program
  4. The student has the right to utilize the Grievance Procedure for Nursing students of Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing as found in the School Handbook.