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Part 6. Student Affairs

Section IX. Student Conduct

A. Academic Dishonesty (Updated 8-09)

1. General

a. Academic integrity is expected of all individuals in academe. Behavior beyond reproach must be the norm. Academic dishonesty in any form is unacceptable.

b. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating and plagiarism.

2. Definitions

a. CHEATING is defined as using or attempting to use materials, information, or study aids that are not permitted by the instructor in examinations or other academic work.

Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:

(1) Obtaining, providing, or using unauthorized materials for an examination or assignment, whether verbally, visually, electronically, or by notes, books, or other means.

(2) Acquiring, examinations or other course materials, possessing them, or providing them to others without permission of the instructor. This includes providing any information about an examination in advance of the examination.

(3) Taking an examination for another person or arranging for someone else to take an examination in one's place.

(4) Submitting the same work or substantial portions of the same work in two different classes without prior approval of the instructor.

(5) Fabricating information for any report or other academic exercise without permission of the instructor.

b. PLAGIARISM is defined as representing another person's words, ideas, data, or work as one's own. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the exact duplication of another's work and the incorporation of a substantial or essential portion thereof without appropriate citation. Other examples of plagiarism are the acts of appropriating creative works or substantial portions thereof in such fields as art, music, and technology and presenting them as one's own.

The guiding principle is that all work submitted must properly credit sources of information. In written work, direct quotations, statements that are paraphrased, summaries of the work of another, and other information that is not considered common knowledge must be cited or acknowledged. Quotation marks or a proper form of identification shall be used to indicate direct quotations.

As long as a student adequately acknowledges sources of information, plagiarism is not present. However, students should be aware that most instructors require certain forms of acknowledgment or references and may evaluate a project on the basis of form, penalizing the student in the grade assigned if citation of sources is improper.

c. ACADEMIC as used in this policy is synonymous with "scholastic" and refers to school-related endeavors, whether the school is vocational or academic.

d. INSTRUCTOR/FACULTY MEMBER as used in this policy is defined as a person who is responsible for the teaching of a class or laboratory or other instruction. These terms include professors regardless of rank, instructional staff, graduate assistants, visiting lecturers, and adjunct or visiting faculty.

3. Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

a. Any penalty imposed for academic dishonesty shall be in proportion to the severity of the offense.

b. Penalties that may be imposed by the instructor are:

(1) Warning: The instructor indicates to the student that further academic dishonesty will result in other sanctions being imposed.

(2) Resubmission of work: The instructor may require that the work in question be redone to conform to proper academic standards or may require that a new project be submitted. The instructor may specify additional requirements.

(3) Grade reduction: The instructor may lower a student's grade or assign "F" for a test, project, or other academic work.

(4) Failing: The instructor may assign "F" for the course.

(5) Failing with notation: The instructor may assign "F" for the course and instruct the Registrar to place notation indicating academic dishonesty on the student's permanent transcript.

c. Penalties that may be imposed at the University level are:

(1) Suspension from the University: This is the administrative withdrawal of the offending student by the University. The student is suspended for a length of time, determined by the University, that may depend upon the circumstances that led to the sanction.

(2) Expulsion from the University: This is the most severe penalty for academic dishonesty and may be imposed by the University for extreme or multiple acts of academic dishonesty. Once expelled, the student is not eligible for readmission to the University.

d. Combinations of penalties may be imposed.

e. Withdrawal from a course does not exempt a student from penalties for academic dishonesty.

4. Procedures for Determination of Academic Dishonesty and Imposition of Penalties

The instructor of the course is responsible for initiating investigation of each suspected incident of academic dishonesty. When the instructor witnesses such an incident, has evidence of one, or is informed of one by a witness, the instructor shall proceed as follows:

a. The instructor may intervene and shall gather evidence to see whether further action is necessary.

b. If the instructor feels that a sanction of grade reduction, failing, or failing with notation is warranted, he/she shall discuss the incident with his/her department head or dean. If, after this meeting, the instructor decides not to impose sanctions, then no further action is necessary.

c. If, after the meeting, the instructor decides to proceed, he/she shall inform the student or students involved (orally and in writing) of the evidence of academic dishonesty. The instructor shall meet with the student, consider the student's response (which should be given orally and in writing), and collect any available evidence and testimony from witnesses. In cases of suspected plagiarism, the instructor may ask the student to supply the references used, and the student must comply with such a request.

d. On the basis of this information, the instructor may decide to impose a penalty. If the penalty is only a warning or a demand that work be resubmitted, then no further action is necessary.

e. If, after those steps, the instructor concludes that academic dishonesty has occurred and decides to impose a sanction of grade reduction, failing, or failing with notation, he/she shall prepare a written incident report. The report shall include the student's name, the date of the incident, a description of the incident and the available evidence, and the instructor's decision regarding sanctions. The report shall state the specific sanctions imposed-grade reduction, failing, or failing with notation. The instructor shall keep a copy of the report and send copies to:

(1) the student,

(2) the chairperson (or designee) of the department in which the instructor holds an appointment,

(3) the chairperson (or designee) of the department in which the student is a major,

(4) the dean (or designee) of the college in which the instructor holds an appointment,

(5) the dean (or designee) of the college in which the student is a major, and

(6) the Office of the Registrar. A copy of the incident report shall be placed in the student's permanent file in that office.

The instructor shall also inform the student of the procedures for appeal outlined in Section 5 below.

f. When an "F" with notation is assigned, the Office of the Registrar shall also send a letter to the student informing him/her of the procedures for appeal. Notation indicating academic dishonesty shall be placed on the student's permanent transcript if (1) the student does not appeal the penalty within the first full semester following the semester in which the alleged incident occurred, or (2) the penalty is upheld in the appeals process.

g. Any student who receives two "F"s with notation is subject to suspension or academic expulsion. When a student receives a second "F" with notation, the Office of the Registrar shall notify the Academic Dishonesty Board; that board will then decide whether the student should be suspended, expelled, or neither, following the procedures in Section B below.

5. Procedures for Students' Appeals of Imposed Penalties

a. The student may appeal penalties for academic dishonesty to the dean (or designee) of the college in which the course was offered. This is the final level of appeal for penalties of resubmission of work, grade reduction, or failing without notation that are imposed for academic dishonesty. For a penalty of failing with notation, the final level of appeal is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

b. The appeal to the dean (or designee) must be filed, in writing, no later than the next full semester following the semester in which the alleged incident of academic dishonesty occurred.

c. When a student files an appeal, the dean (or designee) shall set a date for a formal hearing to discuss the allegations and sanctions. He/she shall moderate the hearing and keep a written record of it. The hearing shall include the instructor, the student, the chairperson (or designee) of the department in which the instructor holds an appointment, the chairperson (or designee) of the department in which the student is a major, and the dean (or designee) of the college in which the student is a major.

d. If the formal hearing results in the student being exonerated of all charges of academic dishonesty, the dean (or designee) of the college in which the course was offered shall prepare a letter or memorandum stating that the student has been exonerated and requesting that all records about the alleged act of dishonesty be destroyed, other than the dean's own record of the hearing. The dean (or designee) shall send copies of the letter or memorandum to:

(1) the instructor,

(2) the student,

(3) the chairperson of the department in which the instructor holds an appointment,

(4) the chairperson of the department in which the student is a major,

(5) the dean of the college in which the student is a major, and

(6) the Office of the Registrar. That office shall remove all records about the alleged dishonest conduct from the student's permanent file.

e. If the student is not exonerated of all charges, then the dean (or designee) of the college in which the course was offered shall send copies of the written record of the formal hearing to parties (1)-(6) above.

f. If the penalty is reduced or rescinded as a result of the hearing, the dean (or designee) of the college in which the course was offered shall direct the Registrar to make any changes in the student's grade.

g. Penalties for academic dishonesty may not be challenged through the scholastic appeals process.

6. Procedures for Implementation of Penalties at the University Level

Authority to assign the penalties of suspension or expulsion from the University rests with the Academic Dishonesty Board. See Section B below.


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