Academic Integrity Policy

As members of an academic community, faculty and students are committed to maintaining high ethical standards. Academic misconduct undermines the educational goals of the university and is a serious offense. Students and faculty are required to act honestly and with integrity in their academic pursuits.

Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Copying from another student’s exam and/or work of any nature.
  • Allowing one student to copy from another’s exam.
  • Using unauthorized aids (such as formulas, a computer, calculator or other unauthorized materials and/or devices) for an in-class exam, take-home exam or other work.
  • Obtaining and/or using unauthorized material, such as a copy of an exam before it is given.
  • Giving or receiving answers by use of signals during an exam.
  • Having someone else take your exam.
  • Altering answers on a score test and submitting it for a re-grade.
  • Destroying, damaging or stealing another student’s work.

Plagiarism is a particular kind of academic misconduct in that one person takes another person’s ideas, words or images and falsely presents them as his or her own. If a student submits any work that is not entirely his or her own, the student is plagiarizing.

Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Directly quoting the words of others, published or not, without properly using quotation marks or indented format to identify them.
  • Using sources without proper citations.
  • Paraphrasing materials or ideas of others without properly crediting the sources.
  • Submitting purchased (or otherwise acquired) papers as your own work.
  • Submitting for a grade a paper or project that has already received a grade in another course.

Students who are in any doubt about the proper forms of citation and attribution of authorities and sources are expected to discuss the matter in advance with the faculty members for whom they are preparing assignments. Lack of intent does not excuse academic misconduct.

The authority and responsibility for making decisions regarding academic dishonesty and its penalties lie with the faculty member in the course involved, the department head, the Office of Academic Affairs, the academic affairs committee and the president of the university.

The initial judgment regarding both guilt and penalty will be made by the faculty member in the course. That judgment should be clearly communicated to the student. Faculty members shall notify the department head and the Office of Academic Affairs of instances of academic dishonesty.

A student who thinks he or she has been unfairly judged by a faculty member in questions of academic dishonesty may appeal that judgment by contacting the Office of Academic Affairs.

The faculty member is encouraged to keep in mind the seriousness of academic dishonesty and its relationship to the entire academic community and its intentions. The faculty member will make the initial judgment regarding the appropriate penalty for academic dishonesty within the following guidelines: requiring that the assignments in which the offense occurred be redone; failure on the assignment in which the offense occurred; lowering of course grade; failure in the course; and other actions as the faculty member deems appropriate to a particular case.

All instances of academic dishonesty shall be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs. Faculty members should have and retain evidence to support their charges of academic dishonesty and be prepared to present that evidence should a review or an appeal occur.


An offense as documented by the faculty member(s) in question and as reported to the provost may be considered grounds for dismissal from the university. The provost may request the academic affairs committee to convene to review the evidence and make a recommendation regarding dismissal. The provost will make the final decision regarding dismissal; that decision may be appealed to the president of the university.


Due process and the rights of students will be observed throughout this procedure. Records of academic dishonesty as reported by the faculty will be kept in the Office of Academic Affairs. These records will be destroyed upon the graduation of the student.