Academic Honesty and Integrity

Student Resources

"I have not given, received, or used any unauthorized assistance"

Student Honor Pledge

Three Things

Every CSU Student Should Know About Academic Integrity

Learn About Academic Integrity

*Student results can be forwarded to Instructors for verification of completion. Note that you should alert students that this resource assumes seven words can be copied without using quotation marks while that is not the usual standard at CSU.

Academic integrity and collaboration, what to do and not to do


Download: The "Dos" and "Don'ts" of Collaboration

Do: Work in Groups - Study Effectively - Ask - Find Tutoring

Don't: Buy Work - Share Unfairly - Deceive - Use Your Friends

Frequently Asked Questions


Numerous commercial websites are available for university students to download lecture notes, study guides, and other course materials. Typically they provide incentives for strong students to upload course material, with cash for each purchase by another student or in exchange for free membership or a nominal monetary credit with the service. When it IS NOT Academic Misconduct At CSU it is NOT academic misconduct to upload or download your personal lecture notes or personal study guides created for the course. When It IS Academic Misconduct as defined in the Student Conduct Code Uploading Prohibited Course Materials: Any course materials for which distribution HAS NOT been specifically allowed by your instructor for distribution to third-party sites.

Cautionary Notes about Study Guide Sites

  • These sites market themselves as study guides, but that’s not the full story.
  • Using information found on these sites is often an obvious giveaway that a student is cheating.
  • These sites also engage in the sale and distribution of the intellectual property created by our faculty, and that is wrong
  • So-called tutoring offered on these sites is also academic misconduct since getting someone else to work a problem or exam question is cheating.
But there may be other problems Facilitation of another person’s academic misconduct is also a violation of the Student Conduct Code. In other words, “knowingly assisting another to commit an act of dishonesty,” by posting prohibited information online, is against the rules. For the complete definition of the academic misconduct, please see: The CSU Student Conduct Code Announcing the availability of uploaded materials by using the class Canvas email list or announcements is a violation of both the: CSU Sales and Solicitation Policy — AND THE — Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Computing & Networking Resources at Colorado State University. Instructors should address this issue in the syllabus and in the course policies and announcements on Canvas.

Copyright Infringement

Uploading an instructor’s work product is a copyright violation issue. Examples are a PowerPoint presentation or study guide prepared by the instructor, even if it has been distributed to the class. Material directly from a textbook, such as the the chapter’s “Study Questions”, in a Study Guide posted by a student would be a copyright violation. Students may not profit from another’s work. In additition, the Colorado Revised Statutes (§ 23-4-103) makes it illegal to offer to “prepare, sell, or distribute any term paper, dissertation, or other written material for a fee or other compensation.” For the complete text, please see below: Title 23, Article 4, Trafficking in Academic Materials
Students get feedback on their compositions

Handing in a paper or project to satisfy an assignment in one course, generally speaking, may not be used to satisfy an assignment in another. Prior permission and clearance from the course instructor must be obtained for those instances in which it would.

Without permission the practice may properly be labeled self-plagiarism and/or academic falsification and deemed dishonest.

When a faculty member gives an assignment, the assumption is that students will create a piece of scholarship specific to that assignment; the value of the assignment being in its capacity to enhance ones skills or knowledge, not in how much mileage one might get out of it by stretching it across multiple courses.

Joseph Brown

Joseph Brown

Director, Academic Integrity

Academic Affairs


Phone: 970-491-2898