A primary responsibility of an instructor is to certify that a specific academic assignment has been mastered sufficiently to merit college credit. And inseparable part of this responsibility is to take all possible precautions to ensure that the credit has not been attained by fraud. The instructor should rigorously enforce honest concerning all academic work submitted by his/her students for evaluation. While it is difficulty to define precisely and all inclusively all aspects of academic dishonesty, the following statements should serve as a guide.
Cheating - Includes, but is not limited to wrongfully giving, taking or presenting any information or material by a student with the intent of aiding him/herself or any other person on any academic work which is considered in any way in the determination of the final grade. Plagiarism involves the use of the ideas or writings of another without acknowledgment of that use. (A more detailed description is located in the student handbook).
Allegations of Academic Dishonesty
If a faculty member believes a student has committed an act of cheating or plagiarism, he or she should notify the student of the allegation and give the student an opportunity to respond. The faculty member's department chair or school dean may be present at any meeting between the faculty member and the student. Whenever possible, this process should occur prior to the submission of final grades. When notification occurs after the submission of grades, the instructor will provide the student a post factum opportunity to rebut the charge. If, in the judgment of the instructor, the student in able to show that the charge is unsubstantiated, the instructor will withdraw the allegation and remove the academic penalty. If the faculty member determines that a violation has in fact occurred, she or he should then notify the Provost's Office in writing of the allegation, with copies sent to the faculty member's dean or department chairperson. The Provost or designee will serve as an adviser to the faculty member to assure that all appropriate due process is provided to the student and that proper procedures are followed. (See the student handbook for details regarding the procedures)
Sanctions for Academic Dishonesty
Violations of the Academic Conduct policy strike at the very heart of the University and the teaching and learning process. It is the responsibility of the instructor to determine the appropriate academic penalty for an act of cheating or plagiarism. Normally these penalties range from failure on the assignment to failure of the course. It is responsibility of the Provost or his/her designee to apply general University sanctions for severe or repeat offenses. The first violation of the academic integrity policy typically carries no general sanction beyond the academic penalty. A second violation will result in the academic penalty in addition to a general sanction of suspension from the University for a term of no less than one fall or spring semester. A third offense will result in the academic penalty and a general sanction of expulsion from the University.