Academic honesty and ethical behavior, 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.
All work submitted for evaluation in a course must represent only the work of the student unless indicated otherwise. This includes homework, tests, term papers, computer program, essays, theses, and creative projects.
Material taken from the work of others must be acknowledged. Materials submitted to fulfill requirements in one course may not be submitted in another course without prior approval of all of the instructors involved. Research material and data must be handled in accordance with standards set by the departments. Concerns about the propriety of obtaining outside assistance and acknowledging sources should be addressed to the instructor of the course, or in the case of theses, essays, and projects, to the advisor before the work commences and as necessary as the work proceeds.
Instructors should indicate specific penalties for academic dishonesty in their course syllabi. Penalties appropriate to the severity of the infraction may include zero credit for the assignment or failure in the course. In cases of academic dishonesty where the student chooses to withdraw from a course rather than receive a course grade of “F”, the grade of “WF” instead of “W” may be assigned at the faculty member’s discretion. In egregious cases and/or cases of repeat dishonesty, additional penalties may be determined by the dean, such as suspension or dismissal from the university. The penalty for academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and unethical behavior as it relates to the writing of the final thesis, essay, or creative project may be dismissal from the program.
Any appeal by a student is to be made first to the instructor. If disputes of interpretation arise, the faculty member and chairperson or program coordinator will attempt to resolve the difficulty with the student. If this does not lead to a resolution, the appropriate academic dean normally will rule in the matter.
A written report of the incident by the instructor or department chair will be sent to the appropriate dean, who will keep a written record of the complaint when it is filed. The dean will place a copy of this record in the student’s file and provide the student with a copy. A written record of the complaint is kept for cases of repeat violations. The dean will review the case and determine if, in light of other information and records, further disciplinary action is warranted.
The student has the right to appeal the accusation of academic dishonesty and/or the consequence if the student believes it to be in error. The Policy and Procedure for Appeal of a Charge of Academic Dishonesty will be followed if a student wishes to contest a finding of academic dishonesty.