University of Wisconsin–Madison

Academic Misconduct

Academic Integrity is critical to the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a research one 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 is governed by state law, UWS Chapter 14 (PDF)
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