Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a vital part of Sonoran Desert Institute’s foundation and every member of the SDI community is expected to adhere to this principle. Violations to academic integrity include but are not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and any attempt to obtain credit for academic work through fraudulent, deceptive, or dishonest means. Some examples of academic dishonesty include the following:

  • Submitting work previously submitted in another course without consent of the instructor
  • Sitting for an examination by a surrogate or acting as a surrogate
  • Representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise
  • Conducting any act that defrauds the academic process

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or work as someone’s own. As such, plagiarism constitutes fraud or theft.

Plagiarism or academic dishonesty in any form is a grave offense and will not be tolerated by the Institute.

If an instructor or staff member of the Institute or its affiliates determines there is sufficient evidence of academic dishonesty on the part of the student, the instructor or staff member may exercise one or more of the following options:

  • Require the work be rewritten
  • Issue a lower or failing grade for the assignment
  • Issue a lower or failing grade for the course
  • Report the dishonesty to the Institute’s compliance officer

If academic dishonesty is reported, the Student Services department will initiate hearing proceedings that may result in disciplinary action such as probation, suspension, or expulsion of the student from the Institute or its affiliates.

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