According to the University Policy on Academic Integrity, cheating "occurs when a student avails her/himself of an unfair or disallowed advantage which includes but is not limited to:
- Theft of or unauthorized access to an exam, answer key or other graded work from previous course offerings.
- Use of an alternate, stand-in or proxy during an examination.
- Copying from the examination or work of another person or source.
- Submission or use of falsified data.
- Using false statements to obtain additional time or other accommodation.
- Falsification of academic credentials."
Cheating at Carnegie Mellon
In academic life, cheating can include copying someone else’s work, having someone else complete an assignment or take an exam for you, or stealing an exam or paper. Paying other students to do your work or buying papers is also prohibited. Submitting or using falsified data constitutes cheating as does lying to obtain additional time or other accommodation. And finally, falsifying academic credentials including but not limited to internship documentation, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and diplomas is also considered to be a violation of university policy.
Of the 293 total number of academic integrity violation reports that were submitted to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs during the 2014-2015 academic year, 38.8% were cases of cheating and carried a range of consequences. However, it is important to know that cheating is 100% avoidable and there are many strategies that both students and instructors can employ to prevent these types of violations from happening.