Academic Honesty Code

Our Commitment

Anderson School of Management faculty, staff and students commit to values of trust, honesty, integrity, and accountability. We will not tolerate academic dishonesty.


We recognize that academic dishonesty is a corrosive force in any university community. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of academic dishonesty is not a neutral act, as it undermines the bonds of trust and integrity among members of the Anderson community, defrauds those who may eventually depend on our knowledge and integrity, and devalues the Anderson culture.


Persons employed at Anderson in any capacity and all students enrolled in any program or course at Anderson are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Anderson Academic Honesty Code. Each is responsible to acquaint him or herself with it.

The Code shall be published on the Anderson website. Letters informing students of their admission to Anderson, appointment letters to faculty and staff, and all academic syllabi shall include the “Our Commitment” language from our Anderson Academic Honesty Code and provide a link to the complete published Code.

Academic Dishonesty Defined

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY is any conduct which involves deception or fraud in academic work or which enables a person to obtain an unfair advantage in academic matters. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

  1. CHEATING: intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, assistance, information, or study aids in any academic exercise;

  1. FABRICATION: intentional, reckless, and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise;

  1. PLAGIARISM: intentionally, recklessly, or knowingly misrepresenting the work, words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise;

  1. LYING: intentionally giving false information, submitting false documents, or intentionally misleading anyone in connection with any academic matter;

  1. UNAUTHORIZED COLLABORATION: assistance or collaboration which has not been expressly authorized by the instructor. Students who are not clear on what assistance or collaboration is permitted should assume that none is permitted, or contact the instructor promptly and directly to inquire;

  1. MISREPRESENTING GROUP CONTRIBUTION: intentionally or otherwise allowing one’s name to be included as an equal contributor on or to group work when that is not the case; and

  1. FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this Code or obstructing a Code investigation. This category includes the failure to report known or suspected cases of academic dishonesty.


To promote the highest standards of academic integrity, all members of the Anderson community agree to abide by this Code, agree to its reporting requirements, and accept the following additional responsibilities:


By enrolling in any course at Anderson, the student accepts the Anderson Academic Honesty Code and affirms the following pledge:

I will not lie, cheat, fabricate, plagiarize or use any other dishonest means to gain unfair academic advantage.


In all academic settings, Anderson faculty members shall provide students with clearly expressed expectations regarding academic honesty and shall make all reasonable efforts to discourage and deter academic dishonesty. Consistent with UNM policies, when academic dishonesty is detected or suspected, the affected Anderson faculty member has the responsibility to take appropriate action under the circumstances. In any instance where the academic dishonesty penalty impact is equal to or greater than one letter grade in the course, the faculty member shall make an informational report to his or her department chair and the Anderson Associate Dean. The Associate Dean shall thereupon make an informational report to the Dean of Students. The reporting objective is to: a) identify and monitor the nature and severity of any academic dishonesty at Anderson and b) facilitate University enforcement of academic dishonesty penalties, especially where multiple infractions involving the same student may occur in more than one University college.


Anderson staff and administrative personnel accept responsibility to support faculty and students in achieving and maintaining academic honesty by establishing and maintaining procedures for fostering awareness and compliance, reporting and record-keeping, and undertaking periodic review of Anderson’s program for academic honesty.

Reporting Academic Dishonesty

All members of the Anderson community – including students, faculty, staff and administration – share the responsibility to challenge and report, in good faith, actual or suspected acts of academic dishonesty. Any member of the Anderson community who has witnessed an act of academic dishonesty, or has information that would lead a reasonable person to the conclusion that such an act has occurred or been attempted, is expected to report this knowledge promptly to the course instructor, the Anderson Associate Dean, or the UNM Dean of Students.


Special Recognition to Gary Pavela, Director of Judicial Programs and Student Ethical Development, University of Maryland, and author of the Model Code of Academic Integrity.

Academic Honesty Task Force

  1. Act as a "champion" for the Academic Honesty Code (marketing, advocacy, and program continuity)
  2. Identify, develop, and recommend Academic Honesty resources for students, faculty, and staff - provide examples of academic dishonesty, develop and publish faculty guidelines and recommendations to help deter academic dishonesty, explore and recommend anti-plagiarism software (e.g., Turn-it-in or other), etc.
  3. Monitor the program and make recommendations for improvement to reporting and adjudication processes
  4. Maintain Academic Honesty materials in SharePoint or another form that is easily accessible