Academic Integrity

A. The Academic Honor Policy is integral to the RVU academic environment. The policy outlines the University's expectations for students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty throughout the process.

B. Students are introduced to the Academic Honor Policy at New Student Orientation and pledge to uphold it at New Student Convocation. Students have indicated that the strength of an individual instructor's message about the importance of academic integrity is the strongest deterrent to violating the Academic Honor Policy. Thus, instructors should remind students of their obligations under the policy and fully communicate their expectations to students.

If an instructor encounters academic dishonesty, they should follow the procedures detailed to resolve the alleged violation promptly while protecting the personal and educational rights of the student.


The DNAP program holds its students to the highest standards of intellectual integrity. Therefore, any attempt by a student to pass any examination by improper means, present work that the student has not performed, aid and abet another student in any dishonest academic act, or failure to report direct knowledge of such, will subject the offending student

to a meeting before the appropriate body, (e.g., Student Performance Committee, Honor Code Committee, Program Leadership, and/or Student Affairs representatives) for possible disciplinary action, which may include probation, suspension, or even dismissal.

All students are expected to commit to academic integrity by observing the standards for academic honesty. The following acts violate the academic standards:

  • Cheating: intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise; copying and/or distributing protected assessment material, including but not limited to written exam questions, quiz questions, and standardized patient case information, through written form, audio recording, or video recording
  • Fabrication: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise;
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty: intentionally helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this code;
  • Plagiarism: the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person or entity as one’s own without proper acknowledgment;
  • Misrepresentation;
  • Bribery in an attempt to gain an academic advantage;
  • Forging or altering documents or credentials;
  • Utilization of position or power by a student for personal benefit or to the detriment of another student, faculty member, or member of the staff;
  • Dishonesty in any form, including failure to report a violation of the code of conduct; and
  • Behavior that does not meet the standards of the University, its affiliates, and the healthcare professions.

Students are expected to submit tests and assignments that they have completed without aid or assistance from nonpermitted sources. Students must avoid any impropriety or the appearance of impropriety in taking examinations or completing work in pursuance of their educational goals; failure to do so may subject students to an action by the Student Performance Committee or other appropriate body.