Academic Integrity

Mount Mercy University values integrity and honesty in all aspects of academics and campus life. As part of the academic mission, the University provides the following definitions for which all students are responsible.

Specific procedures for handling alleged incidents of academic dishonesty and misconduct are available in the complete Academic Integrity Policy, which is printed in the Good Book and available on myCampus. Mount Mercy encourages all students to carefully consider these definitions, to adhere to these standards, and to ask for guidance if in doubt.

Definitions of Cheating, Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct 


Cheating is an act or an attempted act of dishonesty that includes but is not limited to the following:

Copying a) another person's work, in whole or in part, in an examination or for an assignment, with or without their consent, or b) allowing another person to copy your work, in whole or in part, on an examination or for an assignment.

Using unauthorized materials or technology a) during an examination (examples include answers passed to you, view of a calculator output, or text messages on a cell phone or other instances) or b) to complete an assignment.

Collaboration during an assignment or during an examination when prohibited by the instructor.

Taking an examination for another person or letting a person take an exam for you.

Completing an assignment for another person or letting a person complete an assignment for you.

Forging needed signatures on academic work.

Altering of grades or other official educational records.

Obtaining a copy of an examination without permission from the class instructor.

Fabricating or falsifying information or data; or deliberately misrepresenting information for an assignment.


Plagiarism is using somebody else's words, expression of ideas, data, images, or other creative products without acknowledgment or attribution. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the following:

Copying, paraphrasing, or blending words, images, or ideas that are not common knowledge without acknowledging the source.

Providing false, insufficient or incomplete acknowledgment of sources.

Claiming authorship of a work that is not one's own or that is the result of unauthorized joint effort, including purchasing, downloading, or otherwise acquiring the work.

Improper use of quotations.

Incomplete or improper use of citations

Academic Misconduct 

Academic Misconduct includes acts that are considered unethical, dishonest, deceitful or inappropriate when committed intentionally. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:

Attempting to gain an advantage over another individual by preventing access to needed books, materials, or aids.

Planning with another individual to commit any act of academic dishonesty.

Forging signatures on official college documents.

Breaking or entering an office or building to attempt to obtain an exam or other materials.

Submitting the same work for different classes without disclosure to and approval from the class instructor.

Receiving credit on group assignments without contributing.

Misrepresenting illness or personal crises, or otherwise intentionally misleading instructors as an excuse for missed or late academic work.

Academic Cheating, Plagiarism, and Misconduct may be referred to collectively as "Academic Dishonesty." There are varying degrees of Academic Dishonesty. Suggested consequences for infractions are included in the Academic Integrity Policy on MyCampus in order to promote consistency and equity. The college reserves the right to act upon incidents of academic dishonesty that are not explicitly defined in the above policy