Code of Academic Honesty

"I pledge to do my own academic work and to excel to the best of my abilities, upholding the IOWA Challenge. I promise not to lie about my academic work, to cheat, or to steal the words or ideas of others, nor will I help fellow students to violate the Code of Academic Honesty."
Honesty is an essential value of our academic community.
You are here to learn, and learning depends upon hard work and academic honesty.
Your instructors set high standards and expect you to do your very best, completing your work honestly.
Any student who registers for courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has, in essence, agreed to the value of learning and thus to the importance of the College’s Code of Academic Honesty.

Students who choose not to live up to the Code are asked to leave the College.

Consequences for Academic Misconduct

Academic dishonesty diminishes your education and the classroom experience for other students, undermining the UI mission of serving all students. 

  • Instructors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) may fail any assignment showing evidence of academic dishonesty. Instructors may also fail a student for the course for academic misconduct with prior permission and in consultation with the College.
  • Instructors report all incidents of academic fraud to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; these reports are shared with other undergraduate colleges at UI.
  • The College assigns the student additional consequences, listed below, based on the offense and the number of offenses by the student previously reported to the College.

For information on the appeal process, please refer to the information below. 

Note: At times, the below sanctions are modified or combined based on the particulars of a situation. That is, a student with a serious first offense may be suspended or expelled, depending on the particulars of the incident. Likewise, a student with a second offense could be expelled if the incident rises to a very serious level of concern.

First Offense

If found responsible for a first incident of academic misconduct, the student will be assigned to complete an online seminar called the Academic Integrity Seminar, requiring substantial time (around 18-20 hours) and a fee of $100 ($105 effective August 1, 2022). The seminar is not offered by UI and the cost of the seminar is not included in UI tuition. The Academic Integrity Seminar requires essay answers based on readings drawn from current events, literature, historical documents, and other sources designed to help the student better understand the effects of the misconduct and the importance of personal integrity. A student may not register for future UI courses until the student completes this Academic Integrity Seminar; a "hold" is placed on the registration and is only removed once the student successfully passes this seminar.

Each undergraduate college carefully tracks offenses on a shared data base, and these reports are shared across colleges.  If a student is already a member of a UI college outside of CLAS, the associate dean will be notified of the student's misconduct and this might affect a student's admission to that UI college. The student should contact the college in question for more information. The report is kept internally until the student graduates or for a maximum of five years.

Second Offense

Students with a second offense are placed on disciplinary probation and are suspended by the College, even if the first offense occurred while the student's primary collegiate home was outside of CLAS. The suspension is recorded on the student's record during the time of the suspension. When the period of suspension ends, the report is removed from the transcript but is kept internally in case another offense occurs.

Third Offense

A student is expelled for a third offense from the University of Iowa and from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This is added to the student's permanent record and is visible on the transcript. The student is not allowed to enroll in courses at UI or to graduate from the institution.

Note: At times, the below sanctions are modified or combined based on the particulars of a situation. That is, a student with a serious first offense may be suspended or expelled, depending on the particulars of the incident. Likewise, a student with a second offense could be expelled if the incident rises to a very serious level of concern.

Contact Information

All students in CLAS are invited to discuss academic misconduct and its consequences as well as how to appeal a decision made by the College. Please call 319-335-2633 or email to request an appointment to discuss the academic misconduct policy and the appeal process.

Examples of Offenses against the Code of Academic Honesty

The following are examples of offenses against the Code of Academic Honesty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Many of these categories overlap. Offenses are not limited to this list and include other types of cheating, misrepresentation, and dishonesty.

Cheating on Quizzes and Exams

  • Using  notes, books, calculators, phones, photos, computers, web sites, tweets, social media, or other aids during a quiz or an exam when not allowed by the instructor
  • Talking during a quiz or exam when told by the instructor talking is not permitted
  • Looking at another student’s exam or quiz during the testing period
  • Continuing to work on a quiz or exam after the instructor has notified students that time for the test has ended
  • Stealing, reproducing, circulating, or otherwise gaining access to a quiz, exam, or homework materials prior to the time authorized by an instructor
  • Ignoring the guidelines specified by the instructor for an assignment or for a "take home" test and instead using materials or study aids that the instructor has forbidden


  • Using the words, sentences, arguments, rhetorical structures, and ideas of another without proper citation and acknowledgment
  • Copying data, facts, graphs, computer programs, spreadsheets, images, photos, film/video, or other materials and using them without proper citation or acknowledgment
  • Copying homework, quiz, or exam answers from an answer key, solution manual, textbook, web site, or other items from another student, thus presenting another’s work as your own
  • Failing to use quotation marks properly or when needed
  • Failing to give a source for quoted materials
  • Failing to paraphrase language completely
  • Failing to give a source for paraphrases
  • Failing to cite sources correctly and completely

Unauthorized Collaboration

  • Receiving help with homework, reports, labs, paper, data collection, or other activities when not allowed by the instructor
  • Accepting credit for a group project without doing your share of the work
  • Helping others with their homework or other assignments when not allowed by the instructor
  • Allowing others to view your answers or copy part of your homework, lab, quiz answers, exam answers, or other related work when not permitted to do so by the instructor.
  • A group doing another student’s work on a group project, lab, presentation, report, or other  activity while presenting the work as if done by the entire group equally

Willful Misrepresentation

  • Fabricating quotations
  • Fabricating sources
  • Fabricating, dishonestly adjusting, omitting, or otherwise misrepresenting research results and records, including information, data, statistics, research facts, and its analysis
  • Engaging in selective reporting or omission of conflicting data for deceptive purposes
  • Altering graded work, then resubmitting it for new grade
  • Providing false information about reasons for class absences or late work when requesting a make-up quiz or exam or an extension for homework
  • Submitting the same paper in more than one class without the approval of the instructors involved
  • Submitting a paper from a previous semester for a current class without the approval from the instructor
  • Failing to provide required or requested information regarding academic performance or enrollments at previous institutions
  • Intentionally obstructing or interfering with other students' academic work, or otherwise undertaking activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over other students' academic work.
  • Altering documents affecting academic records, such as falsifying information on an official academic document, form, grade report, letter of permission, clinical record, student ID cards, or any other official document.
  • Providing false information to others about academic performance, leadership activities, or membership in student organizations.
  • Falsification of information records
  • Recording hours not actually worked
  • Submitting an altered or fabricated preceptor evaluation
  • Altering a score, grade, or schedule change on an academic record.
  • Forging the signature of an instructor, advisor, dean, or another student without proper authorization
  • Creating false university, college, or other official correspondences (such as medical documentation)

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty of Others

  • Writing a paper for another student
  • Allowing another student to use your past homework assignments, papers, labs, or similar items
  • Sharing homework with another student when told collaboration is not allowed
  • Allowing or helping another student to look at your exam or quiz during a test
  • Sharing with other students your notes, books, calculators, phones, photos, computers, web sites, tweets, social media, or other aids during a quiz or an exam when not allowed by the instructor
  • Completing another student’s  exam or quiz by filling in the student’s scantron card or other answer sheet or by attending the exam in place of the other student
  • Providing any materials, information, or assistance to another person with the knowledge or reasonable expectation that such would be used for dishonest purposes


All students have the right to file an appeal about a CLAS decision related to academic misconduct. Student rights and responsibilities are also discussed at this related page

  • If a student believes that the finding of academic misconduct is in error or the grade assigned by the instructor or by the College is unjust, the student should first arrange a meeting with the instructor (and/or the instructor's supervisor) and then, if needed, with the head of the department or program to discuss the matter. If a misunderstanding has occurred, it can be clarified by speaking with the instructor first, and thus all students are encouraged to meet with the instructor before pursuing any other appeal process.
  • If the student is dissatisfied with the result of these meetings, the student may make an appointment to discuss the matter informally with the College. The student may call 319-335-2633 to schedule an appointment.
  • If the student is not satisfied with the result of this above meeting, the student may request a formal appeal. The appeal should be sent within 20 business days of the student's receipt of the official email from the College stating the sanction given by the College concerning the academic misconduct. The student should write a letter with a detailed rationale for the appeal. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum will review the case, meeting with the student if needed or requested. This process generally takes around two weeks but may take longer depending on the circumstances.
  • If the student is not satisfied with the results of the appeal to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the student may then request a review of the decision by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Appeals are not heard by the Associate Provost until the CLAS Associate Dean has responded to a written appeal from the student

Additional information on resources to help students file a complaint, such as the University Ombudsperson; additionally, steps to take when confronting sexual misconduct are available at the indicated links.

Students are encouraged to review the UI Code of Student Life for University-wide expectations and policies for student behavior.