The University expects that students will conduct themselves with honesty and integrity.
Cheating is defined as the fraudulent or deceptive taking, giving, or presenting of any information or material with the intent of aiding oneself or another on any academic work which is considered in any way in the determination of a course grade.
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional act of submitting the work of another as one’s own. It includes the submission of the complete or partial work, or of the words, ideas, or format of another, published or unpublished, without appropriate reference and source credit. It includes employing or permitting another person to produce, alter, or revise material which the student submits as his or her own. If the student has any uncertainty regarding plagiarism in the submission of any material to his or her instructor, he or she should discuss the matter with the instructor prior to submission of the material.
Forgery is falsely recording the signature of an advisor, instructor, or any university official on any official University academic document.
Sanctions for Academic Offenses
One or more of the following sanctions may be applied to a student guilty of commission of an academic offense:
- Assignment of an “F” (failing grade) or zero (no credit) on a paper examination, or other material related to the offense.
- Assignment of an “F” for the course in which the offense occurred.
- Forced withdrawal from the class in which the offense occurred.
- Dismissal from the University.
Disposition of Cases of Academic Offenses
Responsibility of the Instructor
An instructor who has evidence that a student has committed an academic offense shall attempt to arrange a personal conference with the student to present the evidence of the offense, to give the student an opportunity to state his/her case, and to make known to the student the charges and possible sanctions which may be imposed and/or recommended. If the student is not available for or fails to attend such a conference, the instructor shall proceed to inform the student of the nature of the evidence, the charges, and the possible sanctions by certified mail, with copies to the Chairperson and Dean of the college. The instructor may then proceed to assign an ?F? (failing grade) or zero (no credit) on a paper or examination related to the offense, assign an ?F? for the course in which the offense occurred, or recommend to his or her Chairperson a more severe sanction of forced withdrawal or dismissal from the university.
Responsibility of the Chairperson
After reviewing the report from the instructor and making any appropriate investigation, which may include consultation with the graduate program faculty, the Chairperson will forward the materials, along with his or her own recommendation, to the Dean of the college in which the offense occurred.
Responsibility of the Dean
After reviewing the material furnished and conducting any appropriate investigation, the Dean of the College in which the offense occurred must make a decision and then notify the Director of Graduate Studies. If the sanction is forced withdrawal from the course or dismissal from the University, the Dean of the college will take action to implement the withdrawal or dismissal and will notify the student by certified mail. Copies of the notice will be sent to the instructor, the Chair of the Dept. in which the offense occurred, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the University Registrar.
Steps for Appeals
The Director of Graduate Studies will, upon appeal by the student, convene the Graduate Appeals Review Committee to hear the student’s appeal. The Panel will conduct necessary investigation and review the case. The decision of the panel is then submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies who informs the student and the instructor, Chairperson, and Dean. He or she then reports the decision to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Responsibility of the Director of Graduate Studies
The Director of Graduate Studies may review the decision, but must provide detailed explanation for any reversal of the decision and the sanctions to the student, the instructor, the Chair, and the Dean. The Director of Graduate Studies may also elect not to review the decision, but he or she must inform the student of the action.
Right of the Student to Appeal
- The student shall have the right to appeal the allegation of his or her guilt to each higher level of authority up to and including the Graduate Appeals Review Committee.
- The assignment of a grade by the instructor on a paper or examination involved in the offense shall not be subject to appeal (only the offence can be appealed).
- Sanctions of forced withdrawal or dismissal can be appealed to the next higher level of authority up to and including the Graduate Appeals Review Committee. Such appeal must be filed in writing within 15 days of notification of the sanction.
- The student shall have the right to attend and participate in a class until a decision is made on his/her appeal.