Academic Misconduct: University Policies

Academic misconduct is managed in part through the conduct process in collaboration with Faculty at Ferris State University. In most cases, students are referred to the Office of Student Conduct by their faculty for allegations of academic misconduct. It is under the purview of each faculty member, in collaboration with their respective department and college, to spell out in their syllabus and enforce an academic sanction for academic integrity violations.

Additionally, upon review of the allegation, the Office of Student Conduct may schedule the student for a conduct conference relating to the allegation of academic misconduct, which is defined as any activity that tends to undermine the academic integrity of the institution. A violation of the University policy on academic integrity includes, but is not limited to, the following:


A student may not use, or attempt to use unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise, nor should a student give assistance, materials, information, or study aids to another student in any academic exercise.


A student must not falsify or invent any information or data in an academic exercise including, but not limited to, records or reports, laboratory results, and citations of the sources of information.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

A student must not intentionally or knowingly help or attempt to help another student to commit an act of academic misconduct.

A student is responsible for taking reasonable precautions to ensure his or her work is not accessed by or transferred to another individual wherein it may then be used to commit an act of academic misconduct.


  1. A student must not steal, change, destroy, or impede another student’s work. Impeding another student’s work includes, but is not limited to, the theft, defacement, or mutilation of resources so as to deprive others of the information they contain.
  2. A student must not give or offer a bribe, promise favors, or make threats with the intention of affecting a grade or the evaluation of academic performance.


  1. Proper Acknowledgement. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person, including previous work of their own submitted for previous course credit, without appropriate acknowledgment.
  2. Requirement for Acknowledgment v. Common Knowledge. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever he or she quotes or paraphrases another person's words, either oral or written and whenever he or she borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge.
  3. Sources used Verbatim. In instances where students are using content directly quoted from a source, that content MUST be indicated through the use of quotations AND properly cited both in-text and at the end of the document.

Violation of Course Rules

A student must not violate course rules as contained in a course syllabus which are rationally related to the content of the course or to the enhancement of the learning process in the course.

Violation of Professional Standards and Ethics

A student must not violate the professional standards or ethical code related to one's intended profession as defined by the academic program or department.