Resources for Students

Understanding Academic Integrity

The value of an education at Iowa State University depends greatly upon the quality of academic work and research completed by you and other students. As students, your role in promoting and preserving integrity on campus is essential.

Academic integrity might best be defined, quite simply, as doing one's own academic work without unauthorized assistance from other persons or resources. More specifically, academic integrity means that students take their coursework seriously and place significant value on learning and engagement in the classroom and while completing assignments and projects.

Engaging in dishonest work may result in consequences from Iowa State such as a reduced or failing grade on the particular assignment or test, a reduced or failing grade in the course, and a range of sanctions from the Office of Judicial Affairs. Current and former students applying for graduate school or government jobs may be requested by that college, university, or government agency to disclose any instances of dishonest academic work for which they were found responsible for violating university policy.

Iowa State University depends upon every member of the community, including students, to preserve and promote integrity in the classroom.

Research Misconduct

Students must also comply with the university policy on Research Misconduct. The policy prohibits research misconduct, which is fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results.

Consequences of Academic Misconduct

If a student is found responsible for Academic Misconduct, the resulting sanctions will depend on whether it is considered a level 1 or level 2 case. Additionally, faculty members and course instructors have full discretion over the resulting grades on assignments, essays, projects, and/or the final course grade.

Handbook and ISU Resources

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Handbook and the Graduate College Handbook are two excellent resources for you as you complete your education at Iowa State.

Additionally, information on plagiarism, the consequences of plagiarism and best practices to avoid plagiarism is available at:

The Office of Student Conduct has produced several videos related to academic misconduct and sexual misconduct, please view them on our Know the Code YouTube page


Avoiding Plagiarism Resource Websites for Students:

Avoiding Plagiarism -

Plagiarism: What it is and How to Recognize and Avoid it -

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