Faculty Classroom Resources (GUS)

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the foundation of USF's commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its university community.  Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness.  Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of one’s own efforts.  Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the university are the responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and students.


USF has identified behaviors that are considered violations of the academic standards for Undergraduate and Graduate students.  These behaviors include the following and are described in USF Regulation 3.027 – Academic Integrity of Students (pp. 4-8):

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication, Forgery and Obstruction
  • Multiple Submissions
  • Complicity
  • Improper use of teamwork credit
  • Solicitation or Purchase
  • Misrepresentation
  • Misconduct in Research and Creative Endeavors
  • Computer Misuse
  • Misuse of Intellectual Property
  • Violation of State or Federal laws with regard to Intellectual Property

Submitting an Academic Integrity Referral

All USF Faculty who have identified an academic integrity violation at the undergraduate level should submit an “academic integrity referral” via the Refer Students button in Canvas.  Upon selecting this option, faculty will be directed to complete a brief Qualtrics survey in which they provide information related to the integrity violation.

Additionally, the CAS Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies has developed a centralized reporting structure designed to guide faculty members through the process of documenting the academic integrity violation and academic sanctions, as outlined in USF Regulation 3.027 – Academic Integrity of Students. Specifically, the CAS Undergraduate Academic Integrity Faculty Referral Form should be completed under the following circumstances:

  • CAS faculty who have identified a Level Three or Four violation of academic integrity, and are recommending a non-grade sanction such as suspension or expulsion from the university, are required to report the violation to CAS via the submission of the CAS Undergraduate Academic Integrity Faculty Referral Form.  
  • CAS faculty may also be asked to complete the CAS Undergraduate Academic Integrity Faculty Referral Form in response to the submission of a student request for appeal of an academic integrity violation and/or academic sanction.

The CAS Undergraduate Academic Integrity Faculty Referral Form can be found here: CAS Undergraduate AI Faculty Referral Form

Completed faculty referral forms and supporting documentation should be submitted to CASAIGC@usf.edu.

Graduate Student referrals:

  • CAS faculty who have identified any level violation of academic integrity at the graduate level are required to report the violation via email to CASAIGC@usf.edu

Review the Academic Integrity Reporting process.
AI Faculty Reporting Process

Faculty and staff may direct any questions related to the Academic Integrity Policy to CASAIGC@usf.edu.