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:
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:
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 dean of the college, 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 the dean of the college 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 dean of the college.
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 dean of the college. 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 dean may be considered grounds for dismissal from the university. The dean may request the academic affairs committee to convene to review the evidence and make a recommendation regarding dismissal. The dean 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 dean’s office. These records will be destroyed upon the graduation of the student.