Academic Misconduct

Academic Standards Office
Twin Rise Center 100
(716) 878-5222

All students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing course requirements and college academic regulations. Academic misconduct refers to any form of plagiarism or cheating on examinations or assignments, and is inconsistent with the aims and goals of Buffalo State.

Faculty may require students to use textual similarity detection software, e.g.,, in courses at Buffalo State. Textual similarity detection software compares submitted student text to a database of millions of previously published documents, including those on the public Internet, a proprietary collection of published articles, as well as every student paper previously submitted to the detection service. When similarities between student text and an existing document are found, the software identifies those similarities for the instructor and/or student review. (Similarity alone is not evidence of academic misconduct, as such material may be correctly cited.) This software may be used as an educational tool to assist students in learning how to properly cite resources, decrease instances of academic misconduct, and/or assist in the identification of acts of academic misconduct.

All Buffalo State students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing course requirements and following college academic regulations. “Academic misconduct” refers to any form of plagiarism, fraud, or cheating in connection with academic coursework and is inconsistent with the aims and goals of Buffalo State. Instances of academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

  • Presenting as one’s own work the words or ideas of another individual without proper acknowledgment (“copying” or plagiarism).
  • Fabricating facts, data, or other forms of evidence for use in coursework.
  • Reusing coursework from another course without the permission of the instructor.
  • Performance of coursework for another individual.
  • Misrepresenting an individual's share of responsibility for collaborative coursework and/or assignments.
  • Working with other students on course assignments without the permission of the instructor.
  • Cheating on an exam or quiz (looking at another’s exam, participating in unauthorized communications, using “cheat sheets,” failing to follow the rules of an exam stipulated by an instructor or proctor, etc.).
  • Prior acquisition, selling, or possession of an examination, written assignment, or similar assessment without the permission of the instructor.
  • Providing false information on or tampering with attendance records, academic records, or other official documents or means of identification.
  • Enabling another student to commit any act of academic misconduct described above.

As a result of an admission of academic misconduct, an instructor may issue a written warning; allow the student to resubmit the work, telling the student what grade penalty, if any, will be assessed; assign a grading penalty on an assignment(s); submit a recalculated grade; or submit a failing grade for the course. Note that the "J" component of the EJ, FJ, or UJ assigned for academic misconduct will be recorded on the student’s “internal” audit but will not appear on the student’s official transcript, and quality points will be averaged, if applicable, even if the student repeats the course. In addition, students found to have engaged in academic misconduct may be required to complete an academic misconduct educational program. If the student accepts responsibility for engaging in academic misconduct and accepts the suggested sanctions, a Statement of Resolution form must be completed by the instructor, signed by the parties noted on the form, and filed in the Academic Standards Office, the student’s major department office, and the department office of the course in which the academic misconduct occurred. No penalty for an alleged instance of academic misconduct may be imposed unless the student has been apprised of the allegation, the penalty, and the procedures of due process that are available under this policy. Neither the instructor nor the student should be represented or accompanied by an attorney. A student has the right to appeal allegations of academic misconduct as outlined in the Academic Misconduct Policy.

A statement outlining formal college policies and procedures to be followed in cases of alleged academic misconduct will be on file in each academic dean’s office, in the Academic Success Office, in the Student Leadership and Engagement Office, and online. Cases of severe infractions of acceptable standards may be brought before the Academic Misconduct Board and may result in academic dismissal.

Refer to DOPS Policy VIII:04:00
Refer to DOPS Policy I:17:03