UCI Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct

What Is Academic Misconduct?

Section 1

What is Academic Misconduct?

Some of the common forms of academic misconduct are the following:


  • Copying from others during an exam;
  • Communicating exam answers with another student during an examination;
  • Offering another person's work as your own;
  • Taking an examination for another student or having someone take an examination for you;
  • Sharing answers from a take-home examination unless specifically authorized by the instructor:
    • If you are unsure if your instructor allows collaboration with other students, or if you are unsure about what kinds of collaboration are permitted, it is always appropriate to check with the instructor of the course;
  • Tampering with an examination after it has been corrected, then returning it for more credit;
  • Using unauthorized materials, prepared answers, written notes, or information concealed in a blue book or elsewhere during an examination;
  • Allowing others to do the research and writing of an assigned paper (including using the services of a commercial term-paper company).

Dishonest Conduct

  • Stealing or attempting to steal an examination or answer key from the instructor;
  • Changing or attempting to change official academic records without proper sanction;
  • Submitting substantial portions of the same work for credit in more than one course without consulting all instructors involved:
    • This includes reusing your own work from a previous quarter, unless the instructor has explicitly permitted you to do so;
  • Forging add/drop/change cards and other enrollment documents, or altering such documents after signatures have been obtained;
  • Intentionally impairing the concentration of other students and/or faculty members;
  • Allowing another student to copy off your work during a test.


  • Passing off as your own the ideas or words of another;
  • Using a creative production without crediting the source:
    • Credit must be given for every direct quotation, for paraphrasing or summarizing a work in whole or in part, and for information which is not common knowledge.
    • Most professors at UCI use programs such as Turnitin.com or MOSS to detect plagiarism. These programs are very effective and include most "paper mill" websites in their databases.


  • Knowingly or intentionally helping another student to perform any of the above acts of cheating or plagiarism.
  • Sharing or allowing other students to view your previously graded work. For example, uploading work to educational platforms, sharing work through Google Drive, giving others students a flashdrive with class work.