University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

UW System & UWM Conduct Policies

UWS Chapter 14
Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures

UWS Chapter 17
Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures

UWS Chapter 18
Conduct On University Lands

University Policy S-47
Discriminatory Conduct Policy

Academic Misconduct


Guide for Instructors  


Student academic misconduct procedures are specified in Chapter UWS 14
and the UWM implementation provisions (Faculty Document 1686).  For more information go to:


Guide for Students


UWM expects each student to be honest in academic performance.  Failure to do so may result in discipline under rules published by the Board of Regents (UWS 14).  The most common forms of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism.


Cheating includes:

  • Using information or devices that are not allowed by the faculty; such as using formulas or data from a computer program, or using unauthorized materials for a take-home exam; or,

  • Obtaining and using unauthorized material, such as a copy of an examination before it is given; or,

  • Fabricating information, such as data for a lab report; or,

  • Violating procedures prescribed to protect the integrity of an assignment, test, or other evaluation; or,

  • Collaborating with others on assignments without the faculty's consent; or;

  • Cooperating with or helping another student to cheat; or,

  • Other forms of dishonest behavior, such as having another person take an examination in your place; or, altering exam answers and requesting the exam be regraded; or, communicating with any person during an exam, other than the exam proctor or faculty.

Plagiarism includes:

  • Directly quoting the words of others without using quotation marks or indented format to identify them; or,

  • Using sources of information (published or unpublished) without identifying them; or,

  • Paraphrasing materials or ideas of others without identifying the sources.

Academic Integrity means honesty concerning all aspects of academic work. Students are encouraged to consult with faculty to develop:

  • Correct procedures for citing sources of information, words and ideas.

  • Ways to properly credit collaborative work with project team or study group members.

  • Strategies for planning and preparing for exams, papers, projects and presentations.

  • Alternative procedures for quiz/exam conditions in classroom environment where cheating has been observed.

If a student is charged with academic misconduct, there are specific procedures, including the right of appeal, which must be followed by UWM. Sanctions imposed by the university in response to academic misconduct range from reprimands to expulsion.