Policy Number: D8.0
Policy Name: ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
As a university, RIT is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and the free exchange of ideas. In
such an intellectual climate it is fundamentally imperative that all members of this academic
community behave in the highest ethical fashion possible in the manner by which they produce,
share, and exchange this information. In the case of studentsi, academic honesty demands that at
all times student work be the work of that individual studentii, and that any information which a
student uses in a work submitted for evaluation be properly documented. Any violation of these
basic standards constitutes a breach of academic honesty and hence becomes academic
Academic dishonesty falls into three basic areas: cheating, duplicate submission and plagiarism.
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
Any act of academic dishonesty will incur the following possible consequences. After notifying and presenting the student with evidence of such misconduct, the instructor has the full prerogative to assign an “F” for the offense, or to assign an “F” for the entire course. The instructor will inform and, if possible, meet with the student concerning the decision reached on the “F” for the offense, or the “F” for the entire course. A student may be brought before the Academic Conduct Committee of the college in which the alleged offense occurred, and may face academic suspension or dismissal from the university. (See D17.0, Academic Conduct and Appeals Procedures,” and D18.0, “RIT Student Conduct Process.”)
i The policy for faculty ethical behavior is contained in C2.0 of the Institute Policies and Procedures Manual.
iiOn occasion student work may be in the form of a group project assigned and sanctioned by an instructor or group of instructors.
Responsible Office: Academic Senate
Effective Date: Approved September 1977
Revised May 18, 2002
Edited August 2010