Northeastern Illinois University students are expected to exhibit the highest standards of academic integrity. Academic misconduct such as plagiarism or cheating is unacceptable and will be investigated in accordance with University policy on academic misconduct.

Student Code of Conduct

Northeastern Illinois University exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and within the larger community. All of those involved in the teaching/learning process should exercise their freedom with responsibility. Students have the responsibility to know and act in accordance with the rules, policies, and regulations that govern our University. Any student who violates the University’s rules, policies, and regulations will be subject to a conduct proceeding. In addition, at all times students are expected to act ethically and in a manner that is appropriate and reflects the core values of Northeastern Illinois University, which include Integrity, Excellence, Access to Opportunity, Diversity, Community, and Empowerment Through Learning. The Student Code of Conduct is implemented within a culturally diverse environment that stresses fairness and equal access. All Students are Guaranteed the Right of Due Process.


Conduct proceedings are administrative, and accordingly, will not be governed by strict rules of documentation as applicable in a court of law. The University Student Code of Conduct is administered as a University procedure to process potential violations of misconduct and is distinct from criminal and civil litigation. Certain Code of Conduct violations that also violate city, state, or federal laws may, additionally, be processed in a court of law. The standard of proof required to find a student in violation under the University Student Code of Conduct is “more likely than not”. Cited misconduct violation(s) will be governed by the procedures outlined within the University Student Code of Conduct as outlined below. However, in the event that a student’s behavior causes or threatens to cause harm to the student, other persons, or property, or creates a pattern of extreme disruption, or indicates an extreme inability to cope with his/her own needs, and also suggests the possibility of a mental disorder, the policy on Involuntary Student Withdrawal will be used to determine: a) whether or not, from the available information, a student is suffering from a mental disorder, and b) the appropriate course of action.

Both academic and non-academic misconduct proceedings may be initiated as the result of a single event or series of events. The student and the person reporting the violation(s) must submit reporting forms and/or any supporting documentation to the Dean of Students Office (DOS). Supporting documents should be of the kind that responsible persons are accustomed to rely on in serious matters. All documents submitted will be treated as confidential outside applicable use for the conduct process.

Upon submission of a misconduct report, a temporary hold may be placed on the referred student’s academic records by the Dean of Students Office. The hold will be removed at the conclusion of the conduct proceeding. No changes to the student’s academic records will be permitted during this period without the approval of the Dean of Students or designee. This does not prevent the student from examining his or her academic records. The student will be notified of the placement and removal of the hold, along with all relevant University personnel. Inquiries regarding referring a student for the misconduct process should be directed to the Dean of Students Office (DOS).


Students and registered student organizations (RSOs) are subject to University Student Code of Conduct proceedings for participating in the following acts of misconduct:


Academic misconduct is a violation of the University Student Code of Conduct. Acts of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

1. Cheating. Use or attempted use of any unauthorized assistance in taking an exam, test, quiz, or other assignment. (Note: Includes cheating on exams includes all required University, state, and/or national assessment exams.)

2. Encouraging Academic Dishonesty. Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to persuade and/or influence another to violate the University’s rules, policies, and regulations governing academic integrity.

3. Fabrication. Deliberate falsification or design of any material or excerpt in an academic assignment or exercise.

4. Plagiarism. Appropriation or imitation of the language, ideas, and thoughts of another author and representation of them as one’s original work. This includes (1) paraphrasing another’s ideas or conclusions without acknowledgement; (2) lifting of entire paragraphs, chapters, etc. from another’s work; and (3) submission as one’s own work, any work prepared by another person or agency.

If the student’s observed conduct or apparent behavior leads the faculty member to believe there was academic misconduct, the faculty member may adjust the grade downward (including F - failure) for the test, paper, or course, or other course-related activity in question. In such instances, the faculty member will notify the student, the Department/Unit Head, the Dean of the appropriate College as well as the Dean of Students of the reason for such action in writing via the “Academic Misconduct Reporting Form.” The student has the right to appeal the grade (see Grade Appeal Policy in the Student Handbook).

If the faculty member perceives that the academic misconduct requires additional or other action (beyond adjusting the grade downward for the test, paper, or course or other course-related activity), she/he will make a referral for conduct proceedings via the “Academic Misconduct Reporting Form”. The reporting form should be delivered to the Dean of Students Office.