Student Committee for Academic Integrity and Professionalism









Guidelines for the Prevention of Academic Dishonesty

Honor Pledge

Examination Procedures for Students

Examination Procedures for Faculty

Action to be taken if Academic Dishonesty is Observed or Suspected



Honor Pledge

Students are required to write out and sign the statement

On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received aid on this work.

This will be required on all tests and written assignments on which collaboration is not permitted. In some cases the statement will be preprinted, and the student's signature is required. The signed statement must be maintained by the department for five years.


Examination Procedures: Students

1. Students are to arrive on time for the exam. All purses, backpacks, caps, sunglasses, unnecessary items of clothing, or other such items must be left at the front or sides of the room.

2. A student may have in his/her possession only those items necessary for the exam. All purses, backpacks, phones, other electronic devices, caps or other headgear, sunglasses, unnecessary items of clothing, or other such items must be left at the front or sides of the room. “Unauthorized items in student’s possession during a test will be removed by a proctor.”

3. Students may not leave during the examination except to go to the restroom. When they leave, their papers must be surrendered to a proctor who will make written note of the time. A student may not be absent more than 10 minutes.

4. Absolutely no talking or disturbing behavior will be permitted.

5. No questions are permitted during the examination.

6. No beverages or food items are permitted in the examination room during the examination.

7. A student found in violation of any of these guidelines will be subject to provisions of the Regents' Rules and Regulations pertaining to student discipline.


Examination Procedures: Faculty

1. Multiple versions of the same examination with question order scrambled will be administered.

2. Students should be spaced as far apart as possible. A student who does not sit in his or her assigned room or seat is considered in violation of these Rules.

3. The only persons who may serve as chief proctors are the faculty of the medical school.   Staff assistants and residents may be present to assist in proctoring the examination. Each room shall have at least one chief proctor. There shall be at least one proctor for every 30 students.

4. Students will be presented with clipboard and cover sheet for practical examinations. The students will be widely separated and whenever possible should proceed through the practical individually. No one will be allowed to return to a station during routine procedure. If practical examination sessions must be staggered, a system to prevent communication between students should be instituted and rigidly enforced.


Action to be taken if Academic Dishonesty is Observed or Suspected

1. Any person with knowledge of academic dishonesty should submit a written statement of such allegations to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, who has authority and responsibility for administration of student discipline. It shall be his/her duty to investigate allegations that a student has violated the Regents' Rules and Regulations.

2. If the conduct of an examinee interferes with the testing conditions of other examinees and the examinee fails to respond to a warning, the chief proctor should escort the disruptive examinee from the testing room so that standardized conditions may be maintained.

3. If an examinee is suspected of giving, copying, or otherwise receiving unauthorized information about the content of the examination while it is in progress, the following actions should be taken:

    a. Allow the examinee to complete the examination.

    b. Confirm the observation with at least one other proctor.

    c. If the examinee is scheduled for an additional part of the examination in the same location, discreetly move the examinee during the break to another location where it will not be possible for the examinee to observe the examination papers of any other examinee. If the examinee questions the reason for the move, explain that the seating change is being made to ensure the appropriate administration of the examination.

    d. If the incident involves written materials or recording, filming, or other electronic devices that may pose a risk to the security of the examination materials, do not permit the examinee to remove the materials or recording/filming devices from the room.

4. Hearing procedures subsequent to allegations of academic dishonesty are governed by the Regents' Rules and Regulations.


5. In the event that a student's disciplinary record includes a finding of academic dishonesty that indicates that he/she is not qualified to continue the study of medicine, it is the policy of the medical school to seek a penalty of expulsion of the student from the medical school.