1. Academic Dishonesty is any behavior intended to promote or enhance a student's academic standing within the University by dishonest means. Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Submitting work done by another as your own.
B. Submitting your own work for credit more than once, whether in whole or in part, in the same course or different courses without the approval of the instructor who is responsible for assigning credit to the work.
C. Giving or receiving unauthorized aid on any assignment or examination.
D. Altering any University form, record, or document, or forging the signature of any University instructor or official.
E. Interfering with, or attempting to interfere with, the access of others to the University computer system, or any part thereof, copying computer files, diskettes, programs, software, or manuals without proper authority, or tampering in any way with the integrity of the University computer system. Interfering with, or attempting to interfere with, the fair and equal access of others to the use of the University libraries or other academic resources.
2. Acts of academic dishonesty are offenses against established standards of the academic community and the University's honor code. All suspected acts of academic dishonesty are initially subject to review by the Academic Integrity Committee as provided in paragraph 5 below.
3. Plagiarism is the use of words, ideas, concepts, or work of another, without proper acknowledgement. The direct quotation of the words of another must be set off in quotation marks and acknowledged in a footnote or other acceptable form of citation. The use of paraphrased material, or the ideas, concepts, or work of another must also be acknowledged in a footnote or other acceptable form of citation. Acknowledging sources used in the preparation of an assignment solely in a bibliography does not constitute an acceptable acknowledgement of the words, ideas, concepts, or work of another used in the assignment. In any case where a student is found to have used plagiarized material, an academic penalty will be assessed.
4. It is assumed that all students will abide by the Honor Code. Instructors may require students to write and sign either of the following statements, or such words as shall convey the same or similar meaning, as part of any assignment submitted for academic credit:
A. "I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment." Signed/
B. "I certify that this is my own original work, prepared for this assignment only, without any form of unauthorized aid." Signed/
Failure to write and/or sign any pledge will not excuse any student from a violation of these regulations.
5. The Academic Integrity Committee is comprised of members of the faculty and four students who are chosen by their respective honor committees and chaired by the Vice President of Academic Affairs designee. This committee is responsible to the Senate for the implementation of University regulations involving violations of academic integrity. All suspended acts of academic dishonesty, including intentional plagiarism, must be referred promptly to the Academic Integrity Committee. In cases where there is sufficient evidence to support an allegation of academic misconduct, the Committee will review all available facts and authorize an appropriate academic penalty if its review confirms that an act of academic dishonesty or intentional plagiarism occurred. The Committee will forward a record of its findings to the appropriate student honor committee in all cases in which an academic penalty is imposed for an act of academic dishonesty. Decisions of the Academic Integrity Committee may be appealed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs of the University. The Procedures of the Academic Integrity Committee describing the procedures of hearings are provided to all students charged with academic dishonesty.
Revised October 2012-Posted 10/2012