Academic Integrity


The University of Tennessee at Martin has chosen as its primary objective quality undergraduate education. Commitment to this objective must include an obligation by all members of the university community to promote and protect the highest standards of integrity in study, research, instruction and evaluation. Dishonesty or unethical behavior does not belong at an institution dedicated to the promotion of knowledge and learning.

Integrity of the academic process requires fair and impartial evaluation by faculty and honest academic conduct by students. A student may be found to have violated this obligation if he/she:

  1. Refers during an academic evaluation to materials, sources, or devices not authorized by the instructor.


  2. Provides assistance during an academic evaluation to another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor.


  3. Receives assistance during an academic evaluation from another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor.


  4. Possesses, buys, sells, obtains, or uses a copy of any materials intended to be used as an instrument of academic evaluation in advance of its administration.


  5. Acts as a substitute for another person in any academic evaluation.


  6. Utilizes a substitute for another person in any academic evaluation.


  7. Practices any form of deceit in an academic evaluation.


  8. Depends on the aid of others, in a manner expressly prohibited by the instructor, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation.


  9. Provides aid to another person, knowing such aid is expressly prohibited by the instructor, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation.


  10. Indulges in plagiarism by presenting as one's own, for academic evaluation, the ideas, representations, or works of another person or persons without customary and proper acknowledgement of sources.


  11. Submits the work of another person in a manner which represents the work to be one's own.


  12. Knowingly permits one's work to be submitted by another person without the instructor's authorization.


  13. Attempts deceitfully to influence or change one's academic evaluation or record.


  14. Indulges in conduct which is so disruptive as to infringe upon the rights of an instructor or fellow students during a class or examination session.


For additional information see the Faculty Handbook.