Resources for Students

Academic dishonesty is not a victimless crime. Someone who is cheating on any kind of academic exercise - papers, exams, assignments or whatever - is giving him or herself an unfair academic advantage and is cheating everyone else in the class.

So what should you do if you see a student cheating and your instructor doesn't?

  • Talk to your instructor. It is part of his or her job to monitor the class. When instructors are missing something, they usually appreciate the heads-up. If possible, call the instructor's attention to cheating as it is happening (in the exam, for example) so that he or she can address it. Or, point out the behavior to the TA, if you are more comfortable doing that.
  • If your instructor or TA doesn't want to get involved, contact the Chair of the Department. This can often be found on your syllabus, or by contacting the Dean of the College.
  • Discourage your friends and classmates from cheating. Positive peer pressure can be a powerful thing and they may think twice about cheating if they know their friends and classmates don’t appreciate what they are doing. Encourage them to visit the Spartan Code of Honor website to learn more and take the academic pledge against cheating.
  • Contact the University Ombudsperson
  • Contact the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Contact the Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Whatever you do, don't resort to academic dishonesty yourself! There are always better alternatives to dealing with the dishonesty of others. Don't compromise your own integrity and your own academic record.

How to Avoid Academic Misconduct

Refine your time management skills. Manage your time wisely. Good time management usually means good grades.

Develop stress management skills. Many students find that they can reduce their level of academic stress by improving skills such as time management, stress management, and relaxation. Visit an MSU Intramural Center or get involved in an extracurricular activity.

Develop helpful test taking strategies.

Create a habit of study strategies.

Resources for Faculty and Academic Staff

Faculty are encouraged to cite the Spartan Code of Honor Academic Pledge in their syllabus.

Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Integrity and Ethics on Campus: Now in its third year, this FLC holds positive discussions and shares common understandings about the policies and philosophies surrounding academic integrity and ethical conduct.  In so doing, participants hope to foster a culture that promotes academic integrity throughout the MSU campus. The group meets monthly with its first meeting to be held on September 16h, 2016 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. For more information, please contact Adele Denison at; or Shannon Lynn Burton at

Academic Integrity Consortium (AIC): AIC was established in 2012 as a result of a rising concern regarding the culture of cheating on campus. Its goal is to combat cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty and to cultivate a culture of academic integrity.  It advocates for, and raises awareness of, academic integrity issues via its virtual community. This group meets face-to-face once a semester in an open forum. Otherwise, conversations are held via D2L. For more information or to be added to this virtual community, please contact Shannon Lynn Burton at

Workshop on Academic Integrity: Sponsored by the Academic Advancement Network and the Office of the University Ombudsperson, in this interactive workshop, faculty will have the opportunity to learn key strategies in discussing the importance of academic integrity, as well as in preventing misconduct. Additionally, university policies and procedures in responding to misconduct will be explored to navigate these sometimes difficult conversations. This workshop will be September 29th, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:30am.  For more information, please visit: