COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Responding to Scholastic Dishonesty

The University has an established process for responding to scholastic dishonesty instructors play an important role in this process and are required by university policy to report student scholastic dishonesty if it occurs

Instructor Steps for Reporting Scholastic Dishonesty

  1. If you suspect scholastic dishonesty, record the incident immediately while it is fresh in your mind. Gather information and evidence. Keep relevant documents until the matter is resolved.
  2. Talk to the student about the matter. Ask questions. Listen. Share why you suspect scholastic dishonesty. Take notes.
  3. Decide whether scholastic dishonesty occurred and what academic penalty is fair to assign. Click on this link for guidelines in determining an academic penalty.
  4. If you determine scholastic dishonesty has occurred, inform the student of their academic sanction and that you will be reporting the incident.
  5. Fill out and submit the scholastic dishonesty report form

Need to Consult?

If you have questions or would like to discuss an incident before submitting a report, please contact the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at 612-624-6073.

Preventing Scholastic Dishonesty

Instructors can take some steps to prevent scholastic dishonesty before it occurs. Click here for some guidelines and helpful resources.

Why Report Scholastic Dishonesty?


  • Students learn the importance of doing original work by being held accountable.
  • Patterns of cheating can only be identified and addressed if faculty report individual incidents.
  • It’s fair to other students who do not have the unfair advantage of cheating.
  • Reporting upholds the integrity of the University of Minnesota and the value of a University of Minnesota degree
  • University policy requires faculty to report incidents of scholastic dishonesty.

Important Information Regarding Scholastic Dishonesty