ATTENTION: OUR ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY HAS CHANGED This is the old policy for classes taken during and before Summer 2015. Need the current policy? Starts Fall 2015.
Yes. Suspension is always a possible punishment for academic dishonesty, especially if the dishonesty is egregious and the student is unwilling to take responsibility for it. However, suspension more typically follows a second offense.
No. Once a charge of academic dishonesty has been brought, you must remain enrolled in the class till the case is resolved. If you are found innocent, you may then withdraw.
Yes. Only if your professor follows the procedures outlined by the board using the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report. Professors may NEVER come to an understanding with a student on their own in a case of suspected dishonesty without using this BAH short form or submitting a case to the board.
No. There is no special grade that indicates academic dishonesty. If you have been suspended, a note will be appended to your transcript during the time of your suspension indicating that you were suspended for academic disciplinary reasons
Yes. Forging signatures or falsifying information on official academic documents such as drop/add forms, petitions, letters of permission, “Incomplete” contracts, or any other official University document is a violation of the honesty policy.
Yes. Always make sure you understand the extent of collaboration your professor allows. If you are not sure, ask your professor for clarification.
No. You will appear before three professors and a student representative and hear the charge against you. You will tell the hearing board your side of the story and answer questions from hearing board members. The board will base its decision of guilt or innocence on whether it is more likely than not (i.e., based on a preponderance of evidence) that academic misconduct has occurred.
No. The only exception is when suspected dishonesty turns out to be an instance of clear and simple misunderstanding (in which case the matter can simply be dropped).
Yes. Ignorance of what constitutes academic dishonesty is not an excuse and will not be taken into account when determining the penalty for your offence.
Yes. You are responsible for correctly citing all ideas, phrases and passages taken from other authors wherever they occur in your work, even in drafts of your papers. Failure to do so is plagiarism, a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
No. You must always give credit for the ideas and statements of others, even if you are citing your own professor’s lectures. Failure to do so is plagiarism, a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
No. Many students feel tempted to cheat in order to keep up their grade point average.