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Academic Integrity Policy & Reporting

For student information on Academic Integrity, please visit Academic Integrity for Students.
Please direct all questions about academic integrity to integrityFREEMississippi.


Dr. Hugh Broome
Associate Director, Center for Faculty Development

To schedule an appointment with a college facilitator, please email integrityFREEMississippi.


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At The University of Southern Mississippi, we expect everyone in our community to operate with academic integrity, holding to the highest standards of scholarly professionalism. Our campus should be characterized by honest, responsible, respectful and ethical behavior, and the Academic Integrity Policy reflects this expectation. The policy also recognizes the role of learning in incidents of academic integrity.

Our Academic Integrity Policy

The Southern Miss Academic Integrity Policy includes:

  • Our University’s definitions of “academic misconduct”;
  • Sanctions imposed for academic misconduct, including the “XF” grade;
  • Consequences of receiving an XF; and
  • Processes for appeal in cases of alleged misconduct. 

View Academic Integrity Policy


Academic Integrity Sanction Guidelines

Download an interactive PDF with guidelines for faculty on the three levels of academic integrity violation and recommended sanctions by clicking the image below.

Academic Integrity Sanction Guidelines








Cases of academic misconduct, whether or not a penalty is applied by the faculty member, should be reported. Faculty should make every effort to discuss the situation with the student(s) to ensure students learn from the situation. Faculty can offer a range of educational sanctions to students including UNV 300 course which is generally used to remediate an XF to the USM Libraries’ plagiarism tutorial at

Report a Violation


Helpful Tips for Faculty

Faculty members are the first line of defense to deter and detect violations of academic integrity. According to research conducted between fall 2002 and spring 2015, Dr. Donald McCabe of Rutgers University in collaboration with the International Center for Academic Integrity found that 17% of Graduate students and 39% of undergraduate students admitted to cheating on tests and 40% of graduate students and 62% of undergraduate students admitted to cheating on written assignments. While these numbers are staggering, there are simple steps faculty can take to reduce incidents of cheating in their classrooms.

How to Deter Violations of Academic Integrity

  1. Discuss with your students what is and is not cheating. Knowing that you are concerned with academic integrity shows you care about your students and their learning. It also demonstrates you know the policy and will enforce it. Even just a short discussion highlighting your stance against all forms of cheating will demonstrate to students that you will be vigilant in monitoring for cheating and that you have a vested interest in what they learn.
  2. Be sure the academic integrity statement provided on the Provost's website is on your syllabus. Discuss with your students how the policy relates specifically to your course as well as to your discipline.
  3. Offer unique assignments and do not use test questions from instructor manuals (see Search the internet to see what is available related to your assignments. Rotate topics to make it more evident if a student is using work from a previous semester.
  4. Be specific and deliberate with assignment instructions, offering students smaller deadlines for a larger project.
  5. Emphasize learning over grades and offer a connection from the course material to students' future careers.
  6. Create different versions of tests and exams.
  7. Check out online resources such as Study Soup, StudyLib, Chegg and Course Hero (there are hundreds of these sites) to be knowledgeable on what is available.
  8. Grade in a timely manner.
  9. Have plans for missed assignments and exams.

How to Detect Violations of Academic Integrity

  1. Keep copies of assignments to compare as the semester progresses. In smaller courses, get to know each student's writing style and ability.
  2. Use, which is provided by the University.
  3. Look for words on papers or in essays not commonly used by college students.
  4. If a suspicious sentence is discovered, Google it with quotation marks around the sentence so Google knows that is specifically what you are searching.
  5. Build trust with students who might be willing to tell you what is occurring beyond class time, such as inappropriate sharing of coursework or conspiracy to cheat.

Additional Resources

Forms and Procedure

Academic Integrity Flowchart

Academic Integrity Flowchart

This flowchart will explains the Academic Integrity Violation process, from the discovery of a possible violation through any appeal the student might make.

Academic Integrity Form A

Form A

Form A is filled out by the faculty member who discovers the alleged violation. The student will recieve a copy via email.



Academic Integrity Form C

Form B

Form B is filled out during the facilitation meeting among the student, the faculty member, and a college facilitator, and details the outcome of the meeting.

Academic Integrity Form C

Form C

Students who wish to appeal an XF after their facilitation meeting should email integrityFREEMississippi for instructions and access to Form C.



Further Reading About Academic Integrity

  • "50 Ways to Jumpstart Academic Integrity Discussions in Your Class" - developed by Renée Gravois Lee, Sam Houston State University and Lisa M. Burns, Quinnipiac University
  • The Plagiarism Spectrum - "The Plagiarism Spectrum identifies 10 types of plagiarism based on findings from a worldwide survey of nearly 900 secondary and higher education instructors. Each type has been given an easy-to-remember moniker to help students and instructors better identify and discuss the ramifications of plagiarism in student writing.


Questions regarding academic integrity should be sent to the Provost's Office and Academic Integrity Officer via integrityFREEMississippi.

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