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Student Academic Responsibility
The following statement was prepared by the Committee on Academic Conduct in the College of Arts and
Sciences. It amplifies the Student Conduct Code (WAC 478120).
Students at the University of Washington are expected to maintain the highest standards of
academic conduct. Most UW students conduct themselves with integrity and are disturbed
when they observe others cheating. The information on these three pages should help you avoid
unintentional misconduct and clarify the consequences of cheating.
Cheating harms the University community in many ways. Honest students are frustrated by the
unfairness of cheating that goes undetected and therefore unpunished. Students who cheat
skew the grading curve in a class, resulting in lower grades for students who worked hard and
did their own work.
Cheaters also cheat themselves of a real education. They rob themselves not only of general
knowledge, but also of the experience of learning how to learn, the very experience that makes a
university degree so valuable to employers. The reputation of the University and the worth of a
UW degree suffer if employers find graduates lacking the abilities their degrees should
Finally, most professions have codes of ethics, standards to which you will be expected to
adhere when you are working. At the University you practice the integrity you must