Know the Code


"The Student Conduct Code exists to notify students, faculty, and staff of the specific expectations Colorado State University holds related to student behavior and the rights and responsibilities that accompany being a student and participating in student clubs or organizations."

Prohibited Conduct

Academic misconduct including, but not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials, falsification, or facilitation of acts of misconduct.

Plagiarism includes the copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts of others and is related only to work submitted for credit.

Disciplinary action will not be taken for academic work in draft form. Specific procedures for cases of academic misconduct are also described in the Academic Integrity Policy in the General Catalog, the Graduate Student Bulletin, the Faculty Manual and the Honor Code of the Professional Veterinary School, as applicable.

Definitions of Academic Misconduct Include (but are not limited to):


Cheating includes using unauthorized sources of information and providing or receiving unauthorized assistance on any form of academic work or engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by the instructor in the course syllabus or class presentation.

Examples include copying the work of another student on an exam, problem set, or quiz; taking an exam or completing homework for another student; possessing unauthorized notes, study sheets, answer codes, programmed calculators, or other materials during an exam; and falsifying exams or other graded paper results.


Plagiarism includes the copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts of another, and representing them as one's own without proper acknowledgment, and is related only to work submitted for credit.

Examples include the failure to cite sources properly (sources must always be appropriately referenced, whether the source is printed, electronic or spoken); submission of purchased research papers or homework as one's own work; and paraphrasing and/or quoting material without properly documenting the source.

Unauthorized Possession or Disposition of Academic Materials

Unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials includes the unauthorized selling or purchasing of examinations, term papers, or other academic work; stealing another student's work; and using information from or possessing exams that an instructor did not authorize for release to students.


Falsification encompasses any untruth, either verbal or written, in one's academic work. Examples include receiving unauthorized assistance or working as a group on a take-home exam, independent exam, or other academic work without authorization, or lying to avoid taking an exam or turning in other academic work. Furthermore, falsification of any University document is a violation of academic integrity.

Examples include student identification numbers, transcripts, grade sheets, credentials, University status, or letters of recommendation. Forging a signature is another specific example of falsification.

Facilitation of any act of Academic Misconduct

Facilitation of any act of academic misconduct includes knowingly assisting another to commit an act of misconduct.

Examples include knowingly discussing specifics of the content of a test or examination you have taken with another student who has not yet taken that test or examination or facilitating, by sharing one's own work, a student's efforts to cheat on an exam or other academic work.