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Ethics and Legal Ramifications of Advising

Academic Dishonesty

All work submitted by a student must represent his/her own ideas, concepts and current understanding. Academic dishonesty can be generally defined as cheating or plagiarism of any form.

Possible examples may be as follows:

  • Buying or in any way using a term paper or other project that was not composed by the student turning it in.
  • Copying from another exam paper before, during or after the exam.
  • Using crib notes or retrieval of information stored in a computer/calculator outside the exam room.
  • Having someone else take an exam or taking an exam for someone else.
  • Collaboration on take-home exams where it has been forbidden.
  • Direct copying of a term paper.
  • Failure to give proper credit to sources.

In a proven case of cheating, the student will be dismissed from the class and a failing grade issued. If the chair and instructor feel it is necessary, additional action may be taken as explained in the Boise State University website

Academic Grievance

Grievance Procedures

Any persons believing s/he has experienced or been a witness to discrimination or harassment should report it to the Affirmative Action Office, university administrator, or a supervisor. Administrators or supervisors who have knowledge of harassment or receive a complaint shall immediately take action according to the procedures described in policy 1060

Several grievance procedures are available to all members of the campus community: faculty, professional staff, classified staff, and students.

Faculty members procedures are as defined by the faculty constitution and outlined in the Faculty Handbook under Boise State University Policy 4480.

Professional staff may utilize the grievance and appeals procedures outlined in the Boise State University Administrative Handbook of Policies and Procedures under Policy 7080.

Classified staff members under the State of Idaho Personnel Commission may utilize the grievance procedures as outline in the Boise State University Handbook for Classified Employees and Policy 7440.

Students should contact the s or the Affirmative Action Director to activate the grievance procedures as outlined in the above mentioned website.

Non-Discrimination and Harassment


It is the policy of the university not to discriminate against any individual in matters of admission, employment, housing, services in the educational programs or other activities based on non-meritorious factors. These include, but are not limited to, discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status or political affiliation.


It is the policy of the university that its campus to be a place of work and learning, which is free from all forms of harassment. Faculty, staff and students should be aware that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. All complaints and information will be taken seriously; will be investigated when appropriate, and appropriate corrective action will be taken when warranted by facts. Harassment is conduct towards another person or identifiable group of persons including, but not limited to, unwelcome comments or other conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for that individual’s work, education, or participation in a university activity.