Policy:                 ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

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Source:                        APPENDIX G

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Violations of the Student Code of Conduct which exclusively involve issues of Academic Dishonesty are normally dealt with by faculty and academic administrators, rather than the Dean of Students. Allegations of academic dishonesty may be initiated by both students, and faculty or where appropriate, by administrative personnel. Informal procedures (see sections I and II of this Appendix) apply when the student has no previous record of academic dishonesty after an examination of the records by the Associate Provost for Academic Administration, and when the proposed sanctions do not include suspension or expulsion of the student. Formal procedures (see section III of this Appendix) apply when there is a record of previous academic dishonesty, or when there are other aggravating circumstances or when recommended sanctions include suspension or expulsion.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY means that students and faculty jointly agree to adhere to a code of conduct appropriate to the mutually trusting relationship that must exist between student and teacher. Those values will not allow either to take credit for work not their own, or to be deceitful in any way, or to take unfair advantage of other students or of each other, or to be other than totally truthful and straightforward in all that they do.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY is a form of misconduct that is subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct and includes the following: cheating, fabrication, fraud, facilitating academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

            1          Plagiarism: any attempt to pass off other's work as your own

            2          Cheating: any attempt to gain an unfair, hidden advantage over one's fellow students

            3          Fabrication: any attempt to present information that is not true

            4          Fraud: any attempt to deceive an instructor or administrative officer of the university

Furthermore, any attempt to facilitate any act of academic dishonesty on the part of oneself or others shall constitute a violation of this policy.

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

The following procedures are intended to carry out the policy and procedures described by the Student Disciplinary Procedures Sections 5-403-A-4, 5-403-D-G, and the Code of Conduct. The student who is charged with the misconduct may be assisted throughout the proceeding by an adviser of his/her own choosing, who may be an attorney. The adviser's role is limited to assisting the student. The adviser may not speak on behalf of the student unless: (1) the evidence or arguments on behalf of the academic unit are presented by an attorney or law student; or (2) special circumstances require the need for such representation, e.g., a handicapping condition which limits ability of the student to present evidence on his/her own behalf.

I. Informal Academic Procedures  - Written records are to be kept at all levels.

A. Standard Academic Units

      a. Professor/Student Academic Dishonesty Procedures

Upon receipt of a referral or discovery of an alleged violation, the professor shall proceed as follows:  The professor will call a meeting between himself/herself and the student (respondent) and try to resolve the matter at that level. If unable to do so, the matter is referred to the next level.

      b. Departmental Academic Dishonesty Procedures

Upon receipt of a referral or discovery of an alleged violation, the Chair shall proceed as follows:  The Chair will call a meeting of the complainant(s), the respondent(s), the Chair and anyone else the Chair deems appropriate, and try to resolve the matter at that level. If unable to do so, the matter is referred to the next level.

      c. College/School/Center Academic Dishonesty Procedures

Upon receipt of a referral or discovery of an alleged violation, the Dean shall proceed as follows:  The Dean will call a meeting of the complainant(s), the respondent(s), the Chair, the Dean and anyone else the Dean deems appropriate, and try to resolve the matter at that level. If unable to do so, the matter is referred to the next level.

B. Other Academic Units Dishonesty Procedures

Upon receipt of a referral or discovery of an alleged violation, the person responsible for the Academic Unit in question shall proceed as follows:  The person responsible for the Academic Unit, for example, the Registrar's Office, will call a meeting of the complainant(s), the respondent(s), himself/herself and anyone else deemed appropriate by the person responsible and try to resolve the matter at that level. If unable to do so, the matter is referred to the next level.

C. Matters not solved by A or B

Upon receipt of a referral or discovery of an alleged violation the Office of the Provost shall proceed as follows:  The Office of the Provost or designee will call a meeting of the complainant(s), the respondent(s), himself or his representative and anyone else deemed appropriate by the Provost.  The sanction(s) recommended by the Office of the Provost shall be final. If Formal Procedures are to be followed, refer to Student Disciplinary Procedures 5-403-D-G.

II. Informal Academic Procedures Sanctions

      a. Any level in the informal procedure (see I A. B. or C. above) may initiate sanctions described in the Code of Conduct and may initiate and recommend sanctions less severe than those.

      b. See Student Disciplinary Procedures 5-403-A-4 for appeals of informal procedures and sanctions.

III. Formal Procedures

See Student Disciplinary Procedures 5-403-D-G.

ACADEMIC VIOLATIONS GUIDELINES

It is the responsibility of the individual faculty member to identify instances of academic dishonesty and recommend penalties to the department chair and/or dean in keeping with the severity of the violation. If it is determined that the violation is minor, the faculty member may decide the only necessary action is a conference with the student and/or verbal chastisement. Should it be determined that the violation merits a more severe penalty than verbal chastisement, the faculty member may decide that one of the following progressive penalties is appropriate:

            1          Assign the student extra course work.

            2          Require the assignment or examination to be repeated.

            3          Reduce the grade on the assignment or examination.

            4          Award zero grade on the assignment or examination.

            5          Require the student to drop the course.

            6          Award a failing grade in the course.

Before taking action on a penalty, the faculty member must check with the department chair and/or dean and the Associate Provost for Academic Administration for any record of previous academic dishonesty. The severity of the penalty shall depend on the nature of the infraction, the degree to which the academic project involved affects the course grade, and the past record of academic dishonesty of the student.

If the student has a past record of academic dishonesty, the minimum penalty shall be a failing grade in the academic project connected with the violation. In addition, the faculty member may, through departmental channels, recommend actions more severe than those listed above such as suspension, etc., suspension and/or dismissal from school.

WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OF THE PENALTY IMPOSED AT ANY LEVEL MUST BE FORWARDED TO THE ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION.