Academic fraud is a serious issue, which the University of Washington is having to address on an increasing basis. Academic fraud includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fraud in research, and academic falsification. The University's Office of the University Registrar is not charged with addressing all forms of academic fraud, but it should be informed of instances or suspicions of academic falsification.
Academic falsification occurs when:
Pursuant to RCW 9A.60.070, in the State of Washington, it is a felony to issue a false academic credential and a gross misdemeanor to knowingly use a false academic credential.
You should always contact the Office of the University Registrar with regard to any concerns about academic falsification. The Office of the University Registrar wants to know when academic falsification occurs and can assist with the University's response.
You may be able to verify whether a former student received a degree from the University since 1983 on the UW Degree Validation webpage. However, verification can only be obtained for students who received a degree after 1983, and who did not restrict the release of their directory information. If you want to verify the degree of someone who graduated before 1983 or who could not be found via the Degree Validation webpage, you can contact the Office of the University Registrar.
The University may take action against someone who has committed academic falsification. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
Books on the topic of academic falsification:
Degree Mills: The Billion-dollar Industry That Has Sold Over A Million Fake Diplomas by Allen Ezell and John Bear (book details).
If you have questions not answered by this information, please contact the Office of the University Registrar's Registration and Academic Transcripts office.
Disclaimer: This page is intended as information for University staff, faculty and students and is not intended as legal advice.