Academic Integrity

Butler University is an academic community. It exists for the sake of the advancement of knowledge; the pursuit of truth; the intellectual, ethical and social development of students, and the general well-being of society. All members of our community have an obligation to themselves, to their peers and to the institution to uphold the integrity of Butler University. In the area of academic integrity, this means that one’s work should be one’s own and that the instructor’s evaluation should be based on the student’s own efforts and understanding. When the standards of academic integrity are breached, mutual trust is undermined, the ideals of personal responsibility and autonomy are violated, teaching and learning are severely compromised, and other goals of the academic community cannot be realized.

Students are responsible for being fully aware of what constitutes academic dishonesty; claims of ignorance cannot be used to justify or rationalize dishonest acts. Academic dishonesty can take a number of forms, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, facilitation, and interference:

  • Cheating includes receiving or giving help on papers, experiments, reports, compositions, projects, or examinations without the instructor’s permission. It also includes submitting part of or all of the completed assignment of another person as one’s own work. Of special note and concern is the use of purchased research papers. It is a violation of the regulations of Butler University for a student to purchase a term paper. Cheating is also using unauthorized materials and aids, such as books, one’s own notes or those of another, and calculators during an examination. In addition, cheating also includes unauthorized use of another’s intellectual property.
  • Plagiarism is the fraudulent misrepresentation of any part of another person’s work as one’s own. Submitting any writing, including take-home exams, that does not properly acknowledge the quoting or paraphrasing of another person’s words, or that fails to give proper credit for another person’s ideas, opinion, or theory is plagiarism. Any unacknowledged use of sources to which one is indebted including but not limited to, music, video, audio, theatre projects, compositions, website, and computer software constitutes plagiarism.
  • Fabrication is the falsification or invention of information or data in reports, lab results, bibliographies, or any other academic undertaking.
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty involves assisting someone in an act of dishonesty.
  • Interference includes the theft, alteration, destruction, or obstruction of another student’s work. Interference may take the form of the theft, defacements, or destruction of resources, e.g., library periodicals and books, so as to deprive other students of information.

The requirements of academic integrity also extend to academic activities involving computers and networks and unethical/unprofessional conduct specific to academic programs. (See Computer Use Policy).

A person who violates the standards of academic integrity undermines the values integral to the educational mission of Butler University. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense, harming both the community and the perpetrator, and Butler University has, accordingly, adopted procedures for dealing with possible instances of academic dishonesty. A college may also adopt its own procedures for dealing with academic integrity issues. In such a case, the college’s procedure may be followed in addition to or as an alternative to the procedures set forth in each section that follows.

(Note: “days,” as used throughout the student handbook, except where otherwise stated, means “calendar days.” The reference “Dean” may also refer to the Dean’s designee.)