The University of Houston Academic Honesty Policy is posted online in the Undergraduate Studies Catalog and appears in each edition of the Student Handbook.
The following FAQs are intended to clarify Academic Honesty processes, not to substitute for the complete policy. It is each faculty member's responsibility to be aware of the Academic Honesty Policy. For additional information about the rationale and importance of the policy please see the "About the UH Academic Honesty Policy" information in this site.
For more details on the Academic Honesty Policy, click here.
For a better understanding of the processes surrounding the Academic Honesty Policy, see the following flowcharts:
Students may not receive a 'W' for courses in which they have been found guilty of a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
If a 'W' is received prior to a guilty finding, the student will become liable for the Academic Honesty penalty, including 'F' grades.
A departmental hearing waiver is a mechanism through which a settlement of an academic honesty infraction is achieved – the student acknowledges a violation and accepts an agreed-upon penalty, in lieu of receiving a departmental hearing.
Sanctions normally include reduced or zero credit for a test, a grade of 'F' in the course, etc. Sanctions involving disciplinary probation or requiring a college-level hearing (suspension or expulsion) cannot be used in a waiver.
The departmental hearing waiver must meet the following requirements:
- All parties (student, instructor, and departmental hearing officer) must agree, in writing, to a waiver
- The student must have no prior academic honesty violations
The name of a student who elects a departmental hearing waiver will be placed on a list maintained by the department, the dean's office and the provost's office. Following graduation, the student may request that his/her name be removed from waiver lists. Any records concerning these proceedings and any final sanctions are considered part of student records.
A Waiver of Automatic College Hearing exists for students who wish to accept a departmentally recommended sanction of suspension or expulsion and thereby waive the automatic college hearing. This specific waiver form is issued from the Dean of Students Office.
The Academic Honesty Policy outlines the following ways to minimize academic dishonesty.
2.01 Preventive Measures. Instructors can help students comply with the academic honesty policy by minimizing temptation to act dishonestly. Measures instructors should consider are:
- Maintaining adequate security precautions in the preparation and handling of tests;
- Structuring the type and sequence of examination questions so as to discourage dishonesty;
- Providing ample room for proper spacing of students during examinations, if room is available; and
- Monitoring examinations, especially in large classes and in classes where not all students are known to the instructor or the assistant;
- Making clear to their students the rules concerning the use of electronic devices;
- Making clear to their students, in writing, what constitutes academic dishonesty, particularly in those classes where group activities (laboratory exercises, generation of field reports, etc.) are part of the instructional process;
- Requiring students to show a picture ID and sign major assignments and exams;
- Helping raise consciousness of the issue of academic honesty by asking students to sign an honor pledge in the first week of class and to write a short pledge in their own hand on their major assignments.
Another resource is available through the University of Houston's license with TurnItIn.com, a plagiarism-detection service.
- For information, accounts, and support, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To acquire the Turnitin software, go to:
The campus Writing Center offers resources for both faculty and students on how to prepare writing assignments and avoid plagiarism.
Faculty may refer students for academic support in study and exam skills to:Learning Support Services: http://www.uh.edu/ussc/learning-support-services/
For assistance or information pertaining to the academic honesty process please contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, room 207 E. Cullen. Telephone: 713-743-9187.
You may also consult with your departmental and college hearing officers.