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Copyright & Academic Integrity

Policies from the Student Handbook

SECTION III: ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT (page 23 of the student handbook)



The students, faculty, and administration of the University of Indianapolis commit themselves to the highest level of ethical conduct in academic affairs. The University of Indianapolis, therefore, adopts the following regulations concerning Academic Misconduct to safeguard the academic integrity of the institution. Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:


A student must not violate United States copyright laws by making unauthorized copies, downloads, performances, or distributions of copyrighted materials. Copyright law applies to most creative works, including:

  1. Written works, such as books, short stories, poems, plays, and journal articles
  2. Audio works, such as musical recordings and scores
  3. Still or moving images, such as motion pictures, videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photos
  4. Choreographic works and pantomimes
  5. Architectural works, including physical buildings, drawings, architectural plans
  6. Other original works of authorship, such as computer software and computer games
  7. Copies, downloads, etc. may be made under either of two conditions: a. You have obtained express written permission from the copyright holder, or b. Your use constitutes a “fair use” under the law. Details on determining fair use and obtaining permission for using copyrighted materials are available on My UIndy ( 


File sharing of digital materials, such as music, movies, and software, without proper authorization constitutes a violation of copyright law. Violations may result in restricted access to the University’s network, as well as legal prosecution.


A student must not cheat in an academic exercise. The University of Indianapolis defines “cheating” generally as obtaining or creating an unfair advantage in any assignment or examination through the use of unauthorized aid, whether given or received. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  1. Use of external assistance on any “in-class” or “take-home” examination without the instructor’s specific authorization. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized use of tutors, books, notes, calculators, databases, software, or computers.
  2. Use of another person as a substitute or surrogate in the taking of an examination or quiz.
  3. Theft of examinations or other course materials.
  4. Use or allowance of others to conduct research or prepare any work for a student without advance authorization from the instructor to whom the work is being submitted. Under this prohibition, a student must not make any unauthorized use of materials obtained from commercial term paper companies or from files of papers prepared by other persons.
  5. Submission of a written report or project which is represented explicitly or implicitly as the student’s individual work when such work was produced in collaboration with one or more other persons.
  6. Use of any unauthorized assistance in a laboratory, at a computer terminal, or on field work.
  7. Work on an examination other than during the time or at a location authorized by the examiner.
  8. Submission of work for credit, when the same work has been or will be used for credit in another course, without the consent of both instructors.
  9. Alteration of a grade or score in any way. 


A student must not falsify or invent any information or data in an academic exercise including, but not limited to, records or reports, laboratory results, and citations to the sources of information.


A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without giving appropriate acknowledgment to the source. A student must give due credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:

  1. Quotes another person’s actual words, either oral or written;
  2. Paraphrases another person’s words, either oral or written;
  3. Uses another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories;
  4. Cites facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge.


A student must not interfere with any other student’s opportunity or ability to produce or submit his or her best work on any assignments or examinations. Examples of interference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Theft, destruction, alteration, defacement, or mutilation of University or public resources so as to deprive others of information.
  2. Giving or offering bribes, promising favors, or making threats with the intention of affecting a grade or the evaluation of academic performance.


A student must not violate rules as contained in a course syllabus, a professional code of ethics, or other information provided to the student by the course instructor or the University.


A student must not intentionally or knowingly help or attempt to help another student to commit or conceal an act of Academic Misconduct.


A student must not use data or unpublished materials belonging to another student or a faculty member without first obtaining written permission. Students using archival or personal research materials must provide for adequate protection of the privacy of living or recently living subjects. A student must not violate the confidentiality of a patient’s or client’s records.


Copyright Infringement Claim Policy

The University of Indianapolis respects the rights of copyright holders and their agents and has enacted this policy in order to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Designated Agent Copyright infringement claims must comply with the DMCA, Title II, Section 512(c)(3).

The DMCA requires that service providers publish a designated agent to whom all claims of copyright infringement can be sent.

Claims of copyright infringement should be sent to the University of Indianapolis’ designated agent:

Matthew C. Wilson
Senior Director of Network, Systems & Security Information Technology
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46227


Procedures Upon receipt of a claim of copyright infringement, the following procedures will be followed:
• The designated agent will assign the investigation to the Security Administrator within Information Technology.
• The Security Administrator will create a ticket within the help desk system to track progress and repeat offenders.
• If able, the Security Administrator will review logs and identify the device and the owner involved in the copyright infringement claim.
• First time offenders will be notified by forwarding the original infringement claim to the owner of the device named in the claim. Student Affairs will be copied.
• Repeat offenders will have their devices disconnected from the network and referred to Student Affairs for disciplinary action.