Samford University

Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Value: Integrity

Academic Dishonesty

  • Definition: The misrepresentation of one’s work for personal gain, when in fact said work is not that person’s, or assisting another to do the same. (Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, fabrication and misuse of computer information.)
  • Minimum Sanctions:
    • First offense—Probation and a recommended “FX” in the course
    • Second offense—University suspension for not less than one year  


  • Definition: Knowingly furnishing false information to the university, to include but not limited to, forgery, alteration or misuse of miscellaneous documents, equipment (including computers), records or identification.
  • Minimum Sanction: Loss of privilege, $50 fine and probation


  • Definition: Knowingly or intentionally being untruthful, deceptive or deliberately concealing requested information.
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation, $50 fine