Academic Integrity and Honesty Policy

The University insists on academic integrity and honesty and requires that all student submissions reflect the honest, ethical, and accurate representation of a student’s academic work and record. Students are required to attest to the originality of all project submissions.

Plagiarism is defined as “when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas or other original material (not common-knowledge) without acknowledging its source” (Council of Writing Program Administrators). Plagiarism includes copying someone else’s work without using correct citation and/or attribution, and it does include copying material from Wikipedia or any other Internet source. Course competencies are clearly articulated, so a student who attempts to modify a project prepared for one course so that it will meet the requirements of another course is likely to find the results unsatisfactory. the University recognizes that instances of plagiarism can occur due to student misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about standards and practices of citation and attribution. However, it is the student’s responsibility, as part of his/her academic development, to learn and adhere to the rules of appropriate citation and attribution. When evidence suggests that plagiarism has occurred due to the lack of a student’s understanding of citation guidelines, faculty are encouraged to work with the student to provide her/him with an opportunity to correct the issues and resubmit work. Faculty may adjust the grading standards in the course to penalize the student’s resubmission by lowering the grade. It is solely within the faculty’s discretion to make this determination and to decide whether to allow the student to resubmit the assignment, fail the student on the assignment, fail the student in the course.  Faculty may recommend that the student be administratively withdrawn from the University.

Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

  • Unauthorized collaboration between two or more students on a course project, assessment, or assignment
  • Sharing quiz or Final Examination questions or answers in public forums (e.g. internet sites, blogs, etc.) without the University’s express written consent
  • Submitting academic records (e.g. transcripts) that have been altered in any way or that are fraudulent
  • Submitting work that was not written or created by the student. Examples are papers purchased from others prepared by ghost-writers.

Violations of the Academic Integrity and Honesty policy will become part of the student’s record. Depending on the severity and/or frequency of the violation(s), the Faculty may take disciplinary action. This could include submitting a formal recommendation to the University Administration that the student be withdrawn from the University. A student who has become subject to disciplinary action may submit an appeal to the Academic Dean per the University’s Appeals and Grievances policy.


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