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UAB's Academic Honor Code

UAB's Academic Integrity Code effective August 23, 2021 states:

Academic misconduct by students includes any act of dishonesty in academic-related matters (hereafter referred to as “academic dishonesty”), including knowingly or intentionally providing help or attempting to provide help to another student to commit an act of academic misconduct. Academic misconduct is generally defined as the use or provision of unauthorized assistance with the intent to deceive an instructor or other person assessing student performance. Academic misconduct includes, but not limited to, each of the following acts when performed in any type of academic or academic-related matter, exercise, or activity.

  • Cheating
  • Facilitation
  • Plagiarism
  • Self-Plagiarism
  • Fabrication
  • Falsification/Misrepresentation

Academic misconduct undermines the purpose of education. Such behavior is a serious violation of the trust that must exist among faculty and students for a university to nurture intellectual growth and development. Academic misconduct violations may result in a range of punitive sanctions up to and including expulsion. 

Suspected violations discovered after a course or other academic exercise has ended are subject to this policy with resolutions that can include updating academic records as appropriate. If a student is found responsible for a violation just prior or any time after graduation, and the imposed sanction could make the student ineligible to earn or retain their degree, the degree may be revoked if already awarded.
For cases that are in-progress at the start of a semester, a student will be allowed to enroll and continue through completion of the semester unless sanctions are imposed during the semester that affect continued enrollment. If an academic misconduct case is underway during a student’s final semester, the awarding of the degree may depend upon the resolution of the case.

What is Academic Integrity?

Definitions of Academic Dishonesty


Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, including but not limited to materials, information, study aids, the work of others, or electronic device-related information, any of which have not been approved by the instructor, as well as unauthorized assistance from third parties including a commercial service or engaging another person (whether paid or unpaid); sharing answers for either a take-home or in-class exams unless specifically and explicitly allowed.


Assisting, knowingly helping, supporting, conspiring, or colluding with others to engage in any form of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to two or more students that work together to produce individually submitted work without permission of the appropriate faculty member.


Claiming as your own ideas, words, data, computer programs, creative compositions, artwork, etc., done by someone else. Examples include improper citation of referenced works, the use of commercially available scholarly papers, failure to cite sources, or copying another person’s ideas. 


Resubmitting your own previously submitted work without proper citation and permission from the current instructor to whom the original work was subsequently submitted.


Presenting as genuine any invented or falsified citation, data or material.


Falsifying, altering, or incorrectly defining the contents of documents or other materials related to academic matters, including work substantially done for one class as work done for another without receiving prior approval from the instructor, work pertaining to schedules, prerequisites, and transcripts, or misrepresenting facts about oneself for the purpose of obtaining an academic advantage or for the purpose of academically injuring another student.


This guide was created by Kara Van Abel (UAB Libraries), Megan Bell (UAB Libraries), Delores Carlito (UAB Libraries), Victoria Dawkins (UAB Libraries) and Jacqueline Wells (UAB University Writing Center),

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