The University of Texas at Austin provides an environment where ideas are exchanged and disseminated for the continual process of intellectual advancement. Academic integrity provides the underpinning of this process.
On campus scholastic dishonesty is defined as all conduct that gives a student an unfair or undeserved academic advantage. It includes cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, unauthorized collaboration/collusion, misrepresenting facts, the abuse of online resources, and multiple submissions.
In addition to the guidelines of academic integrity offered by the university, there are those imposed by your chosen profession. A professional scientific society, for example, would have specific guidelines that discourage violations such as data fabrication. Creating data to suit the intended results of a study violates the academic integrity of a society of researchers and being associated with a project that used unethical practices may affect your reputation as a professional.
Academic dishonesty taints your work, your degree, and your profession. These guidelines for academic integrity are in place to protect you and help maintain a high standard of academic excellence at UT Austin.