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West Chester University

West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is prohibited and violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University. Academic dishonesty as it applies to students includes but is not limited to academic cheating; plagiarism; the sale, purchase, or exchange of term papers or research papers; using books or other materials without authorization while taking examinations; taking an examination for another person, or allowing another person to take an examination in one's place; copying from another's paper during an examination or allowing another person to copy from one's own; falsification of information which includes any form of providing false or misleading information, written, electronic, or oral; or of altering or falsifying official institutional records. Plagiarism is defined as copying another's work or portions thereof and/or using ideas and concepts of another and presenting them as one's own without giving proper credit to the source. Note: The Student Code of Conduct covers theft or attempted theft of property and/or services; destruction; vandalism; misuse or abuse of the real or personal property of the University, any organization, or any individual.

Please refer to the WCU Undergraduate Catalog for more information concerning this policy.