What are the Rules about Cheating at CSU


Your students are responsible for knowing all the rules—both academic and social—that govern their conduct while enrolled at CSU.

First and foremost, they are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with long-established University standards related to academic integrity.

Student Conduct Code: Article III

Article III of the Student Conduct Code specifically addresses the subject of academic misconduct; infractions of which are subject to disciplinary sanctions.

1) 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, the Honor Code of the Professional Veterinary School, or the Honor Code of the School of Public Health as applicable.

Here Are Some Definitions

Click on the keywords below to view how the Colorado State University Student Conduct Code defines the different acts of academic misconduct mentioned above.


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 faculty member in the course syllabus or class presentation.


Includes the copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts of another, and representing them as one's own without proper acknowledgement; the failure to cite sources properly; sources must always be appropriately referenced, whether the source is printed, electronic, or spoken.

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; using information from or possessing exams that a faculty member did not authorize for release to students.


Encompasses any untruth, either verbal or written, in one's academic work.


Includes knowingly assisting another to commit an act of misconduct.

Note: Since different instructors have different expectations, students may easily become confused. Be sure to spell out your expectation in syllabi and on assignments.