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200.20 - Standards for Scholarship

University Group Policy #200.20

I.  Policy Statement

In all work for a degree, a high level of scholarly performance is expected. The student is expected to demonstrate academic competence, intellectual honesty and responsibility, a willingness to do more than the minimum required, and the ability to think critically and constructively.

II.    Guidelines

The following state statutes (North Carolina General Statute 14-118.2) address the issue of obtaining academic credit by fraudulent means.

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to assist any student, or advertise, offer or attempt to assist any student, in obtaining or in attempting to obtain, by fraudulent means,any academic credit, or any diploma, license or other instrument purporting to confer any literary, scientific, professional,technical or other degree in any course of study in any university, college, academy, or other educational institution. The activity prohibited by this subsection includes,but is not limited to, preparing or advertising, offering, or attempting to prepare a term paper, thesis,or dissertation for another and impersonating or advertising, offering or attempting to take an examination.
  2. Any person, firm, corporation or association violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Provided, however, the provisions of this section shall not apply to the acts of one student in assisting another student as herein defined if the former is duly registered in an educational institution and is subject to the disciplinary authority thereof. (1963, c.781; 1969, c.1224, s.7.)

III.     Applicability

This policy is applicable to all Winston-Salem State University students.

Responsible Division: Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted: March 21, 2014