Student Conduct & Integrity

Academic Integrity

The University is committed to maintaining academic integrity throughout the university community. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense that can diminish the quality of scholarship, the academic environment, the academic reputation and the quality of a Cal Poly Pomona degree. The following policy is intended to define clearly academic dishonesty at Cal Poly Pomona and to state the responsibilities of students, faculty and administrators relating to this subject.

All forms of academic dishonesty at Cal Poly Pomona are a violation of university policy and will be considered a serious offense. Academic dishonesty is any action that gains an unfair academic advantage and includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plagiarism - Plagiarism is presenting words, ideas or work of others as one's own work. Plagiarism includes copying homework, copying lab reports, copying computer programs, using a work or portion of a work written or created by another but not crediting the source, using one's own work completed in a previous class for credit in another class without permission, paraphrasing another's work without giving credit, and borrowing or using ideas without giving credit. Academic dishonesty includes unintentional plagiarism.
  • Cheating during exams - Exam cheating includes unauthorized "crib sheets," copying from another, looking at another student's exam, opening books when not authorized, obtaining advance copies of exams and having an exam regraded after making changes. Exam cheating includes exams given during classes, final exams and standardized tests, such as the Graduate Writing Test and Math Diagnostic Test. Academic dishonesty includes any attempt to cheat on assignments, quizzes, and exams.
  • Use of unauthorized study aids - This includes using others' computer programs or solutions, copying a copyrighted computer program without permission, using old lab reports, having others perform one's share of lab work, and using any material prohibited by the instructor.
  • Falsifying any university document - This includes falsifying signatures on university forms, such as add-drop and withdrawal forms, forging another student's signature and falsifying prerequisite requirements.
  • Misusing online homework help/study guide platforms - This includes uploading class documents/handouts, which is highly discouraged and frowned upon. Use these sites with integrity and caution. Do not upload your assignments for others to see as you will be violating the Student Conduct Code and providing a unfair academic advantage to others. If you provide work to another you will be held equally as accountable as the student that used your work.