Academic Integrity Policy

Students of Wilmington University are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic pursuits. It is inappropriate conduct to falsify the results of research; use the words, phrases, or ideas of another without proper citation; cheat or attempt to cheat on an assignment or examination; or to aid, assist, or allow another to commit an act of academic dishonesty. Acts of academic dishonesty are serious offenses.

When a student places his or her name on submitted work, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgement.


PLAGIARISM is defined as: Submitting information without acknowledging the source through complete, accurate, and specific references, including:

  • Submitting work that includes the words, ideas, or data of another as your own,
  • Information from the Internet
  • Work which you have previously submitted for other assignments (known as self-plagiarism)
  • Copying a source verbatim

PLAGIARISM NEED NOT BE INTENTIONAL. Students are urged to consult with individual faculty members, department heads, or recognized handbooks in their discipline (located at if they are in doubt as to whether their work may contain plagiarized material. This should be done before the work is submitted. Plagiarism applies to the use of published and unpublished sources.

Safe Assign

Safe Assign is offered through Blackboard Learning System and is designed to aid in educating students about academic integrity, plagiarism and the proper citation of any borrowed content. Safe Assign is a proactive tool for students and faculty to use together to review student work and to allow for students to have an opportunity to assess their efforts prior to submitting an assignment.  Faculty may also use Safe Assign as a tool to affirm the originality of assignments.


Fabrication is the intentional use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Falsification includes, by way of illustration but not limited to, the submission of work as your own when it was prepared totally or in part by another (individual or commercial agency), taking an examination for another student, or having another student take an examination for you.


Cheating is an act or an attempted act of deception by which the student seeks to misrepresent that he or she has mastered information on an academic exercise. Some examples of cheating include copying from another student’s test paper, allowing another student to copy from your test paper, using unauthorized notes or books during a test, using crib sheets, using notes or books during a closed book exam, collaborating on home assignments or exams without permission by the instructor, buying or selling exams or papers, any use of electronic/online technology such as an iPod, cell phone, or Blackberry or similar device during a test, or unauthorized communication of answers to a test to others.

Grade and Test Tampering

Test tampering is obtaining, distributing, or receiving a test or examination without consent of the instructor. It is also a violation of the Academic Integrity policy if a student takes a test for another student.

Tampering with grades in a grade book or assisting with changing any academic record in the university is prohibited.

Violation of the Code of Conduct –Academic Integrity Policy

First Occurrence:

  1. The faculty member shall confer with the student regarding the violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
  2. In consultation with the specific Program Chair of the college in which the course is offered, the faculty member is to select one or more of the following sanctions:
    • Require that the student repeat any work affected by the violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
    • Assign the student a lower grade for the assignment.
    • Assign the student a failing grade for the course (this is not necessarily a grade of (0) zero).
  3. After a sanction is selected, the Program Chair will inform the Dean of the College in which the course in question resides and what action was taken. Objective evidence of the violation must be submitted to the Dean. The Dean shall inform the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs who will notify the student in writing that his or her continued enrollment at Wilmington University is provisional; the Assistant Vice President may require the student to complete the course ENG 365 (Academic Writing). The Vice President of Student Affairs will receive a copy of the letter.

Second Occurrence:

In the event of a second violation related to academic integrity, the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs shall inform the Vice President of Student Affairs and submit materials related to any previous offenses.  Depending on the nature of the violation, the Vice President of Student Affairs may temporarily suspend the student from university activities and convene a meeting of the Student Discipline Committee.