Chapter IV: Academic Policies and Procedures
The policies and procedures described in this chapter govern the conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled in the College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only upon written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College students petition the RC Counseling Office.
The College's Academic Judiciary has been established to adjudicate cases of alleged academic misconduct by students in the College.
An instructor has the responsibility to make clear what academic dishonesty is and to help his or her students understand what uses may be made of the work of others and under what conditions. A student is responsible for becoming familiar with the Code of Academic Conduct (see below) and for discovering the sort of conduct which will be viewed as an attack upon the community's values.
Questions regarding alleged academic misconduct should be addressed to the LS&A Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, G411 Mason Hall. Procedures to be followed in judiciary hearings are detailed in the "Academic Judiciary Manual of Procedures," available in G411 Mason Hall.
The judiciary's charge is to uphold the scholarly values of the University community (punishment of civil crimes remains with the state courts). Appeals are accepted only on procedural, not on substantive, grounds. An appeal for clemency may be made to a three-member appeal panel only in the case of expulsion or suspension.
Code of Academic Conduct
The College, like all communities, functions best when its members treat one another with honesty, fairness, respect, and trust. Therefore, an individual should realize that deception for the purpose of individual gain is an offense against the members of the community. Such dishonesty includes:
Plagiarism: submitting a piece of work (for example an essay, research paper, assignment, laboratory report) which in part or in whole is not entirely the student's own work without attributing those same portions to their correct source.
Cheating: using unauthorized notes, or study aids, or information from another student or student's paper on an examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading; and allowing another person to do one's work and to submit the work under one's own name.
Double Submission of Papers: Submitting or resubmitting substantially the same paper for two or more classes in the same or different terms without the express approval of each instructor.
Fabrication: presenting data in a piece of work which were not gathered in accordance with guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data were gathered or collected.
Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty: providing material or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.
Falsification of Records and Official Documents: altering documents affecting academic records; forging signature of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, election form, grade report, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed to meet or exempt a student from an established College or University academic regulation; unauthorized or malicious interference/tampering with computer property.
Other Grievance Procedures
Students have non-judicial means to redress other grievances. (1) Students may appeal any supposed act of unfair or improper grading through the grievance procedure established by that department or program of the College; students may contact the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs for information and assistance; and (2) students may register a complaint with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, which is empowered to assist a student in seeking just treatment through whatever College or University procedure may be appropriate.
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