Academic Honesty and Integrity

All students are expected to conform to the accepted standards of academic honesty. Any clear violations of these standards, such as cheating, violating copyright laws, or plagiarism are to be processed promptly, firmly, privately, and fairly by the instructor and may result in sanctions up to and including dismissal from the University. The instructor will promptly notify the University (Dean, Chair, or the appropriate academic official) of the discovery of the incident. All instances are cumulative, permanently recorded, and tracked across a student’s tenure at all CTU campuses. The final determination of academic dishonesty will be decided by the appropriate academic official for the particular program or campus.

First-time violations may result in an “F” being assigned for the assignment in which the violation occurred and the placement of a letter in the student’s file. The student will be notified by the appropriate University official and required to review the academic honesty policy and Honor Code and affirm the CTU Honor Statement.

A second violation may result in an “F” being assigned for the course in which the violation occurred. A third violation of academic honesty may lead to dismissal from the University.

The student may appeal any decision to the appropriate Appeals Board. The Appeals Board will render a final decision after appropriate investigation, which may include factors such as prior academic honesty violations, previous correspondence and warnings, and academic history. Decisions from the Appeals Board may have stipulations attached to outcomes.


Cheating shall be defined as:

  • copying to any extent the work of another;
  • intentionally assisting another student during an examination;
  • having unauthorized access to material related to an examination during the examination;
  • possessing or having access to unauthorized copies of an examination;
  • departing from any stated examination conditions.


The New International Dictionary of the English Language, (Funk & Wagnalls, c2000, p. 965) defines Plagiarize as “to appropriate and pass off as one’s own (the writings, ideas, etc., of another)”.

Plagiarism involves:

  • submitting another person’s work as one’s own;
  • submitting work from any source that is not properly acknowledged by footnote, bibliography, or reference within a paper;
  • submitting work pieced together from phrases and/or sentences from various sources without acknowledgment;
  • submitting work with another person’s phrase(s) rearranged without acknowledgement;
  • submitting work that uses any phrase, sentence, or stylistic mannerism without acknowledgment;
  • omitting quotation marks from any directly quoted material;
  • failure to use ellipsis (…) to indicate omission of one or more words;
  • any other actions deemed to be plagiarism by the faculty.