Academic Dishonesty

Policy regarding Academic Dishonesty

In cases of academic dishonesty, no credit will be awarded on the course assignment (e.g. quiz, test, exam, presentation, paper), no make up for the assigned work will be allowed, and the final course grade may be marked down. The case will be reported to the DUS and to the Office of Student Conduct in the Dean of Students Office, and the course will not count toward the AMES major. In the case of a second incident of academic dishonesty, the student will receive a failing grade for the course.

The Office of Student Affairs defines academic dishonesty as, among others, plagiarism, cheating, stealing and/or lying.


Cheating is the act of wrongfully using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or the ideas or work of another in order to gain an unfair advantage. It includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism on any assignment;
  • giving unauthorized aid to another student or receiving unauthorized aid from another person on tests, quizzes, assignments or examinations;
  • using or consulting unauthorized materials or using unauthorized equipment or devices on tests, quizzes, assignments or examinations;
  • altering or falsifying any information on tests, quizzes, assignments or examinations;
  • using any material portion of a paper or project to fulfill the requirements of more than one course unless the student has received prior faculty permission to do so;
  • working on any examination, test, quiz or assignment outside of the time constraints imposed;
  • the unauthorized use of prescription medication to enhance academic performance;
  • submitting an altered examination or assignment to an instructor for re-grading; or
  • failing to adhere to an instructor’s specific directions with respect to the terms of academic integrity or academic honesty.


“Plagiarism” occurs when a student, with intent to deceive or with reckless disregard for proper scholarly procedures, presents any information, ideas or phrasing of another as if they were his/her own and/or does not give appropriate credit to the original source. Proper scholarly procedures require that all quoted material be identified by quotation marks or indentation on the page, and the source of information and ideas, if from another, must be identified and be attributed to that source. Students are responsible for learning proper scholarly procedures.

The term “assignment” includes any work, required or volunteered, submitted for review, academic credit, and/or disciplinary sanction.

All academic work undertaken by a student must be completed independently unless the faculty member or other responsible authority expressly authorizes collaboration with another.

For additional information about plagiarism and appropriately citing, see


Stealing is the act of intentionally taking or appropriating the property of another, including academic work, without consent or permission and with the intent to keep or use the property without the permission of the owner or the rightful possessor.


Lying is communicating untruths or misrepresentations in order to gain an unfair advantage. In this case, it especially pertains to the providing of false or misleading information in order to be excused from classes or assignments.

The Use of AI

The appropriate use of AI in the AMES classroom may take a variety of forms in different classes, so please review your course syllabus carefully and check with your instructor when in doubt. Each instructor will provide specific guidelines about how online tools such as Google Translate, ChatGPT, Midjourney, etc. should or should not be used for class purposes. Adherence to these course-specific guidelines is expected under the Duke Community Standard.

For more information, see: