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What is considered cheating?

The term "cheating" includes but is not limited to:

  • use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
  • use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
  • the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff;
  • engaging in behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.


The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

The plagiarism detection service, TurnItIn.com is used when submitting online written assignments. Instructors are provided with detection reports which include the submitted document with the plagiarized passage highlighted and the name and link to the original source.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Consequences for academic dishonesty vary depending on the type and scope of the incident. Penalties generally range from failure on the specific assignment to failure of a course. It is possible dishonest behavior will result in expulsion from Middle Georgia State University for repeat offenses. Please see the Student Handbook for specific details regarding consequences and appeals for academic dishonesty.

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