Academic Integrity

Instructor Professional Responsibilities

In all questions concerning grades, the student should first confer with the instructor, and then with the department chairperson. Should either or both of these individuals not be available, the student should notify the Associate Dean for Academic Services. The first step is to attempt an informal resolution between student and instructor, with mediation by either the department chairperson or Associate Dean for Academic Services.

Instructors are responsible to:

  1. Distribute and review course outline
  2. Meet classes as schedules and making appropriate preparations
  3. Providing an atmosphere conducive to serious and scholarly study
  4. Encouraging students to fulfill their potential
  5. Respecting the dignity of students
  6. Grading assignments, tests and papers within a reasonable amount of time and by criteria mutually understandable and acceptable within the field of study
  7. Using academic evaluations based on unbiased professional judgment
  8. Available for appointments with students

Student Professional Responsibilities

Engaging in any form of academic dishonesty is an academic infraction subject to disciplinary action. Students are responsible to understand the policies regarding cheating, plagiarism, facilitating academic dishonesty, and fabrication, as well as the penalties for such behavior.

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Students are responsible to understand:

  1. Cheating is utilizing a source other than self during an exam or in completing an assignment.
  2. Fabrication is intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information.
  3. Facilitating academic dishonesty is intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help someone commit an act of academic dishonesty. For example, allowing another to copy from you during an examination, doing work for another and allowing her/him to represent it as her/his own, and supplying information regarding examinations to others.
  4. Plagiarism is a failure to document the direct words of another or the rephrasing of another's words so as to represent them as one's own; handing in another's paper or project as one's own; or reusing your own paper from another course without the prior approval of the instructor.  Go to the Writing Center for details.

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