Academic Misconduct

Academic Integrity is critical to the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a research institution with high academic standards and rigor. All members of the University community play a role in fostering an environment in which student learning is achieved in a fair, just, and honest way.

Faculty and instructional staff set the tone in their classrooms by communicating clear expectations to their students and educating them on the consequences of engaging in academic misconduct while referring to campus resources.

Students are expected to uphold the core values of academic integrity which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. These core values, combined with finding one’s purpose and passion and applying them in and out of classroom learning, produce students who become extraordinary citizens. This unique path of opportunities, created by each student, is commonly known as the Wisconsin Experience and impacts our campus community and beyond in significant and positive ways.

The value of a University of Wisconsin-Madison degree depends on the commitment of our academic community to promote high levels of personal honesty and respect for the intellectual property of others.


Academic Misconduct Process Overview

The University of Wisconsin-Madison takes academic misconduct allegations very seriously. If an instructor suspects a student has engaged in academic misconduct, then the instructor will contact the student and ask him/her to explain their work.

If the instructor still believes academic misconduct occurred after meeting with the student, they will determine the consequences, known as sanctions. One or multiple sanctions may be imposed.

Types of sanctions include an oral reprimand up to expulsion. If the sanction affects any grade, the student will then be notified in writing, typically by email, of the instructor’s decision.

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (OSCCS) is also informed and will contact the student about their rights and any additional sanctions.

Repeated acts of academic misconduct or extreme circumstances may result in more serious actions such as probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Academic misconduct is governed by state law, UWS Chapter 14
Misconduct includes the following, but is not limited to this list:

  • Seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation (plagiarism)
  • Uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise (using notes for a closed-book online exam)
  • Forges or falsifies academic documents or records (having a friend sign you in for attendance when you’re absent)
  • Intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others (tampering with another student’s experiment)
  • Engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance (altering test answers and submitting the test for regrading)
  • Assists other students in any of these acts