The University’s general policy on “Academic Dishonesty” is described on page 111 of the John Carroll University Undergraduate Bulletin, 2011-2013:

“Academic honesty, expected of every student, is essential to the process of education and to upholding high ethical standards. Cheating, including plagiarism, inappropriate use of technology, or any other kind of unethical behavior, may subject the student to severe academic penalties, including dismissal.”

The penalties for plagiarism in first-year composition at John Carroll University are as follows:

  1. The penalty for plagiarism is failure for the course.
  2. When there is evidence of a high degree of premeditation, as when a student submits a paper as original that is purchased from a business engaged in selling papers, or a paper copied from the Internet, a student may be suspended from the University.
  3. A student who in any way cooperates with another student in an act of plagiarism is equally guilty and is subject to comparable penalties.
  4. In cases involving mitigating circumstances, such as unintentional plagiarism, penalties may be reduced.
  5. For possible additional penalties, a case of academic dishonesty may be heard by the University Disciplinary Board.

Procedure for Plagiarism Violations

  1. If an instructor finds evidence of plagiarism, that instructor may:
    • Discuss the case with the student while also reporting the incident and submitting evidence to the English Department Chair.
    • OR

    • Report the incident and forward the evidence to the English Department Chair without discussing the case with the student. In this instance, the Department Chair contacts the student.
  2. In both cases materials submitted by the instructor to the Department Chair are made available to the student.

  3. Even in cases with mitigating factors, instructors are required to report incidents of plagiarism to the English Department Chair. A letter is written that includes the student’s name and student number, the evidence of plagiarized work, any other relevant details, the penalty imposed, and acknowledgement of a student’s right to appeal. The letter is forwarded to the Dean of Arts and Sciences, who determines if further disciplinary action is warranted, and places the letter in the student’s file.
  4. Students have the right to appeal a penalty to the English Department Chair. If a student is unsatisfied with the Chair’s decision after the appeal, he or she can appeal the decision to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.