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Academic Integrity/Honesty

Introduction || Prevention || Procedures || Sanctions


The purpose of this publication is to assist faculty in creating an atmosphere which promotes academic integrity among students at The University of New Mexico. In furtherance of this goal, faculty are encouraged to educate students as to the definition of academic dishonesty, the consequences of such behavior, and the procedures for addressing academic dishonesty. 
Faculty can play a major role in assisting students to understand the importance of academic integrity. An explanation of various forms of academic dishonesty can give students a clear concept of the expectations for their academic work at The University of New Mexico.

Academic dishonesty is a violation of UNM's Student Code of Conduct. Academic dishonesty as defined by that Code, includes, but is not limited to:

"dishonesty in quizzes, tests or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; hindering the academic work of other students; misrepresenting academic or professional qualifications within or without the University; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other University records."

Prevention Techniques

Faculty members have found that some of the following suggestions have been beneficial in addressing academic dishonesty and preventing its occurrence.


  • DISCUSS academic dishonesty as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
  • REAFFIRM the importance of academic integrity within the educational process.
  • PRESENT an appropriate ethical model for students.
  • CREATE an environment which encourages academic honesty and fairness.
  • FOLLOW-UP on cases where you suspect academic dishonesty.
  • ADDRESS the issue in the class syllabus.

Utilize appropriate classroom techniques to help PREVENT academic dishonesty.

  • Maintain control of exams by collecting all of them after each exam or rewriting exams each semester (remember that some student organizations keep test files).
  • Keep your exams in a secure part of your office and try to eliminate "waste" copies which may surface later.
  • For large classes or multiple sections faculty may want to use multiple forms of the examination.
  • Utilize proctors to assist in large classes.
  • Distribute the weight given to each examination/paper so students are not so tempted to cheat.
  • Do not utilize undergraduate students to type or duplicate examinations.
  • Check student's identification (photo ID) and have students sign the answer sheet when turning in the examinations, so signatures can be compared.


If a faculty member believes that a student has violated academic dishonesty guidelines set forth within their course, the faculty member should address the issue by following procedures for academic dishonesty published in The UNM Student Pathfinder. According to these procedures when a violation appears to have occurred within an academic process, the following should occur:

  • The faculty member will discuss the apparent violation with the student and give the student a chance to explain, prior to making a decision as to the student being responsible or not responsible for the alleged infraction.
  • After the discussion, the faculty member may drop the matter if the violation is unfounded, or impose a grade reduction up to an "F" in the course and/or involuntarily withdraw the student from the course (it is best to consult with the Chair or Dean of your department to levy a sanction that is appropriate and consistent with what has been previously done by the department).
  • The faculty member is strongly encouraged to report the matter in writing to the Dean of Students Office by utilizing the Faculty Adjudication Form provided by that Office or by sending written documentation of the incident to the same office. A faculty member can requests to have the Dean of Students Office keep a record of the incident or pursue the situation as a violation of the UNM Student Code of Conduct. This decision is typically up to the faculty member, unless there has been a previous incident of academic dishonesty or if the incident egregious enough for further action. The Dean of Students Office recommends this course of action, because some students unfortunately do not learn from their mistakes and will partake in Academic Dishonesty again in other courses or departments.
  • The Dean of Students Office can be reached by calling 277-3361. A student may appeal a faculty imposed sanction to the Department Chair, Dean of College, and the Provost as provided in the Student Grievance Procedure found in The UNM Pathfinder.

Under the Student Code of Conduct, additional disciplinary action may be initiated by the Dean of Students Office, particularly in overt cases of academic dishonesty or if the student has a previous offense on file. Should a faculty member, wish to view the procedures the student may encounter through the Dean of Students Office, please view the UNM Student Code of Conduct.


Possible sanctions for academic dishonesty range from a verbal or written warning to disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion, along with attendance at appropriate workshops or other educational sanctions. Specific definitions of these sanctions can be found in The UNM Pathfinder.

Any questions regarding the policies or procedures regarding student academic dishonesty may be addressed to the Dean of Students Office.

For the University of New Mexico Academic Dishonesty Faculty Adjudication Form, click here.

Information in this document has been edited from source documents, including The UNM Pathfinder. If questions arise regarding the specific meaning or interpretation of policies, source document wording will prevail.