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Academic Conduct

Class Registration

Undergraduate Students
Class registration will take place after new international student check-in. If you have received transfer credit for courses taken at another college, have all courses that have transferred to Ohio State as general credit evaluated by the transfer credit coordinators of the appropriate departments. (You have received a list of the coordinators with your transfer credit evaluation.) Take copies of the final evaluations with you when you register for classes.

Graduate Students
Call or visit your academic department for an appointment with your academic advisor. Your advisor will either enter your course requests for you or will send you to the Graduate School (247 University Hall) to receive registration materials so you can enter your course requests yourself.

Role of an academic/faculty advisor: Advisors partner with students at the university as students explore education and professional opportunities, set appropriate goals, and decide strategies for accomplishing those goals. In addition, advisors can provide a listening ear, share in students' achievements and disappointments, answer questions, and direct students to other appropriate university services.

Academic Conduct

Americans value originality and individual achievement. These values are reflected in the rules of academic honesty, and students are evaluated academically based only on their original work. What constitutes academic honesty varies from culture to culture, and it is important to understand the rules of academic conduct at Ohio State.


Failure to adhere to the Code of Academic Conduct has serious implications for international students' immigration status. A professor who believes that academic misconduct has occurred in his or her class will refer the student or students involved to the University Committee on Academic Misconduct. A hearing will take place, and if the student or students are found guilty, any of the following sanctions will be applied:

  • Formal reprimand
  • Failing the assignment or course
  • Placement on disciplinary probation
  • Suspension from the university
  • Dismissal from the university

Sanctions will be noted on the student's permanent disciplinary record at Ohio State. In the case of academic misconduct by a group of students, all members of the group will be tried by the University Committee on Academic Misconduct.

Academic Misconduct (Cheating)

In many cultures, it is common for students to collaborate on papers and projects. In the United States, it is forbidden to do so, unless the professor states that the paper or project is to be worked on in groups. Ohio State defines academic misconduct as any of the following behaviors:

  • Violating course rules as contained in the course syllabus (including getting or providing unauthorized assistance from another student or students on a paper or project)
  • Providing or receiving information during quizzes and examinations
  • Falsifying, fabricating, or dishonest reporting of research results
  • Taking the place of another student or enlisting another student to take your place in an examination
  • Altering grades or marks by the student in an effort to change the earned grade of credit
  • Plagiarizing


In the United States, ideas are considered the property of their author. It is considered stealing to use the ideas of another in a paper or presentation without giving credit to the originator of the idea. Types of plagiarism include:

Word-for-word copying of someone else's work without attributing the source (This would include using the words of an author or another student without indicating that they are not your own.)

Changing a few words of someone else's work but not acknowledging that the ideas are not your own. When using the ideas of another person, give that person's name and the publication in which the ideas were published. If you have any questions about this, contact your instructor.

Suggestions for avoiding academic misconduct