The code of Academic Integrity
is made for students to abide by this in order to maintain appropriate behavior
in an academic setting. The code further explains the consequences and
penalties for students who are found guilty of violating the rules. Furthermore
section V explains how
Statement of Principles
The school is to maintain a
level of academic honesty throughout, in order to maintain that professors are
allowed to set academic standards as well as setting a level of
evaluation to determine the student is submitting an authentic level of work.
Faculty are allowed to take the necessary measure in order to eliminate
dishonesty among the academic environment. Faculty are to encourage and create
an environment for which students will follow all policies. All members of the
university are to be encouraged to maintain a level of integrity. If a member
of the university is suspicious of another member violating the policies
mentioned, they are to make the violation be known to a faculty member or a
Definitions of Violations
This section states the types
of violations based on Intent and authorization. All of these violations apply
to all types of work within the university including online, distance or
Cheating: To purposefully
use material that is not allowed such as study notes, using unauthorized
devices or communication of information.
and falsification: Unauthorized yet intentional form of changing
information or citation. Furthermore making up information that is not true
that is used for academic purposes. Aside from fabrication and falsification,
claiming false excused for being late or absent is a form of violation of the
code due to fabrication and falsification.
Submitting part or complete same amount of work in order to receive credit more
than once, without having permissions to do so. An example can involve using a
paper for separate courses in order to receive credit.
that another person’s work as your own and that you are aware of doing so. The
exception to this code is when the information given is known as “common
knowledge.” Using someone else’s information is allowed if the proper
acknowledgement of the source is given, meaning that there is proper citation
of the information.
Abuse of Academic Materials: Purposefully ruining, or stealing academic resources.
Complicity in Academic Dishonesty: Knowing and helping another person perform an act that is
considered academic dishonesty.
vii) Group Work: When a student in a setting of group work with others,
they are aware of the code and will not engage in academic dishonesty and will
not partake in helping other with academic dishonesty.
more of violation of academic dishonesty will result in a penalty. The severity
of the penalty is based on the severity of the violation, but can include, a
grade reduction, a warning, and participation in a “noncredit course” or
writing a reflection letter. These punishments are not limited to single
punishments and can be given combined, which is based on how severe the
violation was. The maximum level of penalty a faculty member is allowed to give
a student is a failing grade. These penalties will be kept in a signed form for
eight years in the Dean of Students Office. Such manner is given in such a away
in a case where a student is found to violate the code again, records will show
how to deal with the manner. First time violation will not be in a student’s
disciplinary record and will not be on a transcript record. Furthermore all
violation offenses will be handled by the faculty member; however, if the
faculty member thinks that the violation deserves a much stronger penalty they
would contact the Chair of Academic Integrity Hearing Board to request an
Academic Integrity Hearing. Cases that have to go through an academic hearing will
be recorded in their permanent record, and can appear in their academic transcript.
The hearing panel can choose to give the student any of the stated punishments
as well as; give disciplinary suspension for any amount of time and will be
kept on record unless a written request is sent for the record to be removed. In
cases the violation of the student is not clearly defined within the course,
the student will be suspended for at least one semester. Furthermore, a failing
grade can be given and will be shown on their transcript as an “X” signifying a
failed course by academic dishonesty. This signal of the “X” is possible to
remain on record for a period of eight years. Expulsion is also a possible
infliction of penalty, such penalty will be recorded permanently.
Faculty members will be responsible for determining how to
handle the situation through assessing the situation and having all the
necessary evidence. If the individual accused of a first offense violation that
is not a penalty of a failing grade, the faculty member should present the
student with a Settlement Form. After the student has signs a settlement form
it must be forwarded to the Dean of Students Office within two business days,
then within five business days must inform the board if a student refuses to
sign the settlement form. If a faculty member does not cooperate with
adjustments to a case, then it might be deemed trivial for the board to
continue with the process. Faculty
members must notify student if they as suspected to be violating a code of the
academic integrity. If the student is aware of the notification and decides to
withdraw from the course will receive an “I” as a grade until after the AIB
member will convene with the student and show proof of the violation of
academic integrity, will ask for the student’s explanation of the events. If the
instructor deems the student guilty, they will fill out and sign a settlement
form, which state what the punishment will be. The student can get advice to
admit guilt or not within a time period of three days. Once the form is signed
it is sent to the Dean of students and is kept for eight years and no further
action is taken. However, if the student does not admit guilt then the matter
is taken to the Chairperson of the AIB to settle the matter in a hearing.
Academic Integrity Board is made of SGA judicial branch members and twenty-one
faculty members from each college.
Conduct of Hearing
Initiation; notice of
charge; Panel Selection
member selected by the chair person is to conduct the hearing. The other panel
members are chosen on availability and impartiality. The accused cannot claim
failure to receive proper notice if there is no formal statement raise of not
being noticed for the hearing.
the student accused and faculty member can claim that a member on the panel is
biased in the case, the challenge must be made known a day before the hearing.
Nature of Hearing
purpose of the hearing is to show that within the college community there are
fair and justified systems to deal with claimed dishonesty.
of Proof; Rights
member accusing the student of dishonesty must show evidence to the panel. The
student can also present evidence if they want. Both sides can question
whomever they need and make any arguments deemed appropriate.
Failures to Appear
student does not appear to the hearing and they were properly notified the
conclusion is deemed guilty and the student must adhere to the penalty.
student and faculty member is allowed to bring witnesses to the hearing.
Witnesses should attend unless attending could bring personal hardship or
problems in their university activities. Witnesses must abide to be truthful,
and give the full testimony. If witnesses lie they will have their punishment.
are closed to the public. Both sides are allowed to be accompanied by one
person, which an attorney is included. Family members are not allowed to give
proceed throughout the hearing, but will allow appropriate evidence to the
hearing. If evidence reveals a new violation of the academic integrity then a
new hearing will be open for that one. Charges will be addresses separately.
Control of Proceeding;
will be no unnecessary disruption during the hearing. Disruptions from a person
will deem the person excluded from the hearing.
hearings will be recorded through audio.
(11) Deliberation on Guilt
found guilty the decision will be made private and based on majority vote.
(12) Not guilty Found
student is found not guilty, they can be readmitted. No disciplinary works will
become part of the student’s record, and no punishment will be placed.
(13) Hearing on Penalty
student is deemed guilty then the hearing will determine their punishment, and
the Dean of Students Office will make note of the disciplinary record.
(14) Imposition of Penalty
penalty is determined the student is readmitted. The student must also be
present when the penalty declaration is made, once it was been declared the
hearing is closed. If a penalty greater than a failing grade is required it will
be noted in the report.
(15) Right of Appeal; Effect
found guilty the student has three business days to wiles an appeal to the Dean
of Students Office.
(16) Notice of imposition of penalty
appeal is not filed within three business days, then the student must adhere to
the panel’s decision of punishment.
The faculty member is
not allowed to file an appeal.
The student must file
an appeal within three business days.
The appeal must
separately address each claim from the student in which the panel made a
mistake. If there is no appeal the hearing will be deemed conclusive.
If the appeal is made
within the time constraints then the Dean of Students office will send them to the
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The Provost and Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs will review the cse and will state their
written decision for the appeal, which can either be; agree with the decision
by the hearing, reduce the penalty, or request a new hearing.
The decision will by
the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will be sent out to
all parties involved with the case.
vii) The decision of the
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is deemed final unless
the students claims, violation of due process, presumption of innocence until
found guilty, right to know evidence/ witnesses, right to advice and
assistance. Then the students is allowed to file a written and signed appeal to
the Chancellor. The Written appeal must be sent within four business days from
the Provost decision.
of guilty violations hears will be kept for eight years in the Dean of Students
Advice to Faculty
members are advised to take precautionary measure to prevent the violation of
the academic code. Members should make clear what the expectations are which
can include adding other codes and rules to heir course. It is advised to
faculty member to allow past exams to be public to their students, but they are
also at liberty to make it known that past exams are not available. Exams
should also be taken in an appropriate location in which all material is
accessed by the employee administering the exam. Scrap materials of the exams
must be destroyed. All exams must be proctored by a trustworthy faculty member.
Exams should be given with sufficient space between students taking exams; if
it is not possible, instructors are advice to collect a signature card or show
a form of identification. Instructors should also be advised to take other
measures to prevent plagiarism such as, assigning specific topics, having
in-class discussion or in-class writing.
is defined as claiming ideas, work, or projects as your own, and/ or not giving
the proper acknowledgement of work to the rightful owner.
Direct Quotation: Any
use of direct quotations must have quotation marks and must be properly cited,
in the style that it is intended.
that the material presented in given in a summarized fashion or in one’s own
words and must be properly cited.
Borrowed Facts or
Information: Using information that is not considered “common knowledge” must
be cited properly.