Honesty Policy in Mathematics Classes at UH
University of Houston students are expected to adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy (see the
Academic Honesty Policy
from the Student Handbook for more details).
Both cheating and lying are violations of the UH Honesty Policy.
Cheating consists of anything that gives you an unfair advantage on an assignment, quiz, or exam.
Lying consists of making statements that one knows to be false, often with the intention to deceive. This includes lying by omission,
in which one misleads by leaving out important details or failing to correct misconceptions.
Any student in violation of the UH Honesty Policy will receive a grade of F on any assignments, quizzes, or exams involved in the incident, and
will be turned over to the department chair and dean for further disciplinary action. It is not uncommon for violations to result in failing
a course or expulsion from the university.
It is also UH policy that any student aware of a violation of the honesty policy is honor-bound to report the incident
to a professor or faculty member. Failure to report any such incident is a violation of the honor policy, and the person failing
to report the incident may face disciplinary action as well.
Keep in mind that cheating or lying are both grounds for failure or expulsion. Also keep in mind that failing to
report cheating or lying is a violation that puts you in just as much trouble as the person who cheats or lies.
Ignorance of the Honest Policy or ignorance of what constitutes cheating or lying are not acceptable excuses for violations.
If you are unsure of what is considered cheating or lying, here are some examples to give you a better idea. (Keep in mind that neither
of these lists is exhaustive, and many behaviors not on these lists may constitute cheating or lying.)
Examples of Cheating
- Plagiarism or representing as one's own work the work of another without acknowledging the source.
This includes submitting homework copied from another person, or copying solutions from a Solutions Manual or Instructor's Edition, or copying homework solutions from a site found on the internet.
- Unauthorized group work. Typically in math classes homework can and should be worked on and discussed with others. However, the write-up should be
independent and in your own words. Students should never turn in homework that is identical (or incredibly similar) to another student's work. Likewise, copying
solutions from a Solutions Manual or copying solutions from a site online is considered cheating. Exams and
quizzes are typically required to be worked on independently.
- During an examination, quiz, or any in-class assessment, possessing an electronic device on one's person that
allows communication with another person, access to unauthorized material, access to the internet, or the ability to capture an
image, unless such possession is expressly permitted by the instructor.
- Using "crib notes", a "cheat sheet", or other unauthorized notes to aid in answering questions during an examination.
- Giving or receiving unauthorized aid during an examination, such as trading examinations, whispering answers, passing notes,
or using electronic devices to transmit or receive information.
- Securing another person to take a test in the student's place. In this case, both the student taking
the test for another and the student registered in the course are at fault.
- Fabrication, falsification, or misrepresentation of any kind. For example, changing answers or grades on a test that has been returned
to a student in an attempt to claim a grading error on the part of the instructor.
- Any other conduct that a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would recognize as dishonest or improper.
Examples of Lying
- Falsely claiming extenuating circumstances in the hopes of obtaining special accommodations. For example, falsely
claiming that your grandmother died or you were in a car accident in order to take an exam at a later time.
- Misrepresenting academic records or achievements as they pertain to course prerequisites or corequisites for the course.
- Making any statements that you know to be false to a professor or university official, whether
or not it provides you with any unfair advantage.
- Any other statement that a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would recognize as dishonest, untruthful, or improper.
The Student Handbook also lists
additional categories of academic dishonesty.