Academic Dishonesty



Honesty is the foundation of professional conduct; dishonesty cannot be tolerated. The College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to the creation and preservation of a learning environment characterized by academic integrity and free from academic dishonesty. Faculty, administration, and staff recognize that students in our academic programs may hold differing views as to what constitutes ethical behavior. Nevertheless, it is imperative that all students understand and accept the responsibility for professional conduct as they progress toward full membership on the "veterinary team."


Academic dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of cheating and deceit while fulfilling academic requirements as a Purdue student. Plagiarism, fabrication of information, the use of substitutes for taking examinations, the use of unauthorized cribs, copying during examinations and impermissible collaboration on assignments are examples of academic dishonesty. Also, to aid and abet other students in committing these dishonest acts is considered academic dishonesty. See for information.

Policies and Procedures 

  1. Each CVM course will have a written policy on academic dishonesty as part of the course syllabus that will be given to each enrolled student at the first class meeting.  To avoid student confusion about academic dishonesty, as specified in the definition above, the instructor-of-record in each course shall—in addition to the course syllabus statement—provided written instructions to all students on expected student behavior during individual or group activities, in-class or take-home, for activities such as writing assignments, laboratory projects, and take-home examinations. 
  2. Make-up examinations. To avoid academic dishonesty, or its appearance, and any unfair advantage by students taking examinations at times other than the regularly scheduled date.
    • The student must contact the professor-of-record in advance, when possible, concerning the absence and arrange for a make-up examination.
    • Make-up examinations should be given within seven (7) school days of the student’s return. This must also be specified in the syllabus. Occasionally, an instructor may permit a student to take the examination prior to the regularly scheduled date.
    • The instructor-of-record will endeavor to ensure that the arrangements for a make-up examination do not provide unfair advantage to the student. Use of an alternate examination is preferred; however, if the original examination is given as a make-up, the instructor-or-record must counsel the student not to discuss the examination with classmates. The student may be asked to verify, at the time of the make-up examination, that no such interaction has occurred.

The penalty for cheating on examinations or in any activity to be credited toward meeting the course requirements will be stated by the instructor at the first meeting in each course. 

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College of Veterinary Medicine Student Handbook