Integrity of Scholarships and Grades

The principles of truth and honesty are recognized as fundamental to a community of teachers and scholars. The university expects that both faculty and students will follow these principles and, in so doing, protect the validity of the university grades. Instructors will exercise care in the planning and supervision of academic work so that honest effort will be positively encouraged.

Academic Work

All academic work will be done by the student to whom it is assigned without unauthorized data or help of any kind. A student who supplies another with such data or help is considered deserving of the same sanctions as the recipient. Specifically, cheating, plagiarism, and misrepresentation are prohibited. Plagiarism is defined by Alexander Lindley as “the false assumption of authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind, and presenting it as one’s own” (Plagiarism and Originality). “Plagiarism may take the form of repeating another’s sentences as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone else’s argument as your own, or even presenting someone else’s line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own.” (MLA Handbook, 1985).A student who is found to have cheated on any examination may be given a failing grade in the course. In case of a second violation, the student may be excluded for one or two terms or dismissed from the university.

A student who engages in cheating, plagiarism, or misrepresentation on term papers, seminar papers, quizzes, laboratory reports, and such, may receive a failing grade in the course. In such case, the student will not be permitted to withdraw from the course (even if the withdrawal request is prior to the final date to withdraw). A second offense may be cause for exclusion or dismissal from the university. Faculty members are required to report immediately to the dean of the student’s college any case of cheating, plagiarism, or misrepresentation which he or she has encountered and, later, the manner in which it was resolved.

The dean of the student’s college should apprise the student of the serious consequences of cheating, plagiarism, and misrepresentation as well as of the appeals procedure open to the student in such cases.

Plagiarism Appeals Procedure

If the matter cannot be amicably resolved in consultation with the instructor and chairperson up to 30 days after the beginning of the subsequent semester, excluding summers, the student has the right to submit a plagiarism appeal form to the dean of the college in which the course was offered a decision of the instructor indicating that the student is guilty of cheating, plagiarism, or misrepresentation. The burden of proof will be upon the student.The dean will decide whether the matter requires consideration. If he or she thinks it does, he or she shall appoint a committee consisting of the dean (or the dean’s designated representative), two faculty members, and a student to render a decision. The dean or the dean’s designated representative will serve as the non-voting chairperson of the committee. The student and instructor involved should be informed of the membership of the committee, and the dean should honor any reasonable objection either might have regarding the composition of the committee. The decision of this committee is final.If the dean should refuse a committee hearing to the student, he or she may appeal to the provost. The provost may convene a committee composed of the provost or a representative, two faculty members, and one student from the college in which the appellant is enrolled. The decision of this committee is final.