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.
Academic Integrity in the College
of Literature, Science, and the Arts
The undergraduate academic community, like all communities,
functions best when its members treat one another with honesty,
fairness, respect, and trust. The College holds all members of
its community to high standards of scholarship and integrity.
To accomplish its mission of providing an optimal educational
environment and developing leaders of society, the College promotes
the assumption of personal responsibility and integrity and prohibits
all forms of academic dishonesty. Conduct that violates the academic
integrity and ethical standards of the College community cannot
be tolerated and will result in serious consequences and disciplinary
Examples of Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct includes but is not limited
to the following:
Cheating is committing fraud and/or deception on
a record, report, paper, computer assignment, examination or
any other course requirement. Examples of cheating are:
- Obtaining work or information from someone else and submitting
it under one's own name.
- 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.
- Allowing another person to do one's work and to submit the
work under one's own name.
- Submitting substantially the same paper for two or more classes
in the same or different terms without the expressed approval
of each instructor.
- Fabricating data which were not gathered in accordance with
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.
- Submitting, as your own work, a computer program or part
thereof which is not the result of your own thought and efforts.
Contributions to a computer program from external sources must
be acknowledged and properly documented.
Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas,
words, statements or other works as one's own without proper
acknowledgment or citation. Examples of plagiarism are:
- Copying word for word or lifting phrases or a special term
from a source or reference without proper attribution.
- Paraphrasing using another person's written words
or ideas, albeit in one's own words, as if they were one's own
- Borrowing facts, statistics, or other illustrative material
without proper reference, unless the information is common knowledge, in common public use.
Students may not use Internet source material,
in whole or in part, without careful and specific reference to
the source. All utilization of the Internet must be thoroughly
Collaboration is unacceptable when a student works
with another or others on a project, then submits a written report
which is represented explicitly or implicitly as the student's
own work. Using answers, solutions, or ideas that are the result
of collaboration without citing the fact of collaboration is
improper. Engaging in collaboration when expressly instructed
to do your own work is academically dishonest.
Falsification of Data, Records, and Official Documents
- Fabrication of data
- Altering documents affecting academic records
- Misrepresentation of academic status
- Forging a signature of authorization or falsifying information
on an official academic document, grade report, letter of recommendation/reference, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed to meet
or exempt a student from an established College or University
Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty
Providing material or information to another person
with knowledge that these materials or information will be used
improperly. This includes both deliberate and inadvertent actions.
Unauthorized or Malicious Interference/Tampering with Computer
Unauthorized or malicious interference or tampering with computers
is considered an academic offense and, as such, is subject to
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 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, 1228 Angell Hall. Procedures
to be followed in judiciary hearings are detailed in the "Academic Judiciary
Manual of Procedures," available in 1228 Angell Hall.ble
in 1228 Angell Hall.
Other Grievance Procedures
Students have non-judicial means to redress other
grievances. 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.
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