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  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 College Catalog

Code of Academic Honesty


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Mount Ida College views the principle of academic integrity as a fundamental institutional value and the responsibility of the entire campus community to uphold. Students are expected to meet the College’s high academic standards through honest endeavor; therefore, academic dishonesty in any form is not tolerated. While collaboration with other students is encouraged in various class settings, course work submitted for evaluation must be their own unless otherwise specified by their instructor.

Students are in violation of the Code of Academic Honesty if they engage in cheating, plagiarism, falsification, fabrication, or other forms of academic dishonesty. Violations of the Code of Academic Honesty include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheating: Using or sharing information, materials, sources, instruments, or electronic devices without authorization when working on an exam, assignment, or other assessment; looking at another’s examination or allowing another to look at one’s own examination; receiving or providing unauthorized assistance on an exam, assignment or assessment; completing an examination in a course and discussing that examination with another who has yet to take the exam; enlisting, or being enlisted by, someone else to take an exam, write a paper, or complete an assignment.
  • Plagiarism: Using another’s words, ideas, or work as one’s own by failing to credit the source(s) of those words, ideas, or work.
  • Falsification and Fabrication: Falsifying or fabricating data, information, facts, sources, etc. in a written report, oral presentation, project, or other work.
  • Dishonesty: Making false statements or falsifying information regarding the reasons for missing an examination or for not submitting an assignment in order to gain a more favorable evaluation of the examination or assignment.
  • Collusion in Academic Dishonesty: Assisting another in an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Misrepresentation: Submitting a substantial portion of the same paper or other assignment for evaluation in more than one course without authorization from each course instructor.

 

First-time offenders found in violation of the Code of Academic Honesty will be disciplined at the discretion of the instructor for course related violations. Students can receive a reduced grade or failing grade on the assignment, project or examination, or a reduced grade or grade of ‘F’ in the course. All violations of the Code of Academic Honesty are reported to the School Dean affiliated with the student’s academic program. If the student has not declared a major, then the violation is reported to the School Dean affiliated with the course in which the violation occurred. All violations are subsequently forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs which maintains a record of all infractions. Students who violate the Code of Academic Honesty on more than one occasion will be required to appear before the Academic Integrity Review Board and may be suspended or dismissed from the College.

 

Violations of the Code of Academic Honesty which are not related to a specific course are adjudicated by the Academic Integrity Review Board, and include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Obstructing an Investigation: Making false statements or misrepresenting the facts during an investigation into a violation of the Code of Academic Honesty; failing to cooperate with an investigation into a violation of the Code of Academic Honesty.
  • Interference in the Academic Pursuits of Others: Preventing others from accessing academic resources by removing, hiding, damaging, destroying, or making inaccessible those resources in an effort to enhance one’s own academic standing or position, or adversely affect the academic standing or position of another.
  • Academic Record Misrepresentation: Altering, falsifying, or misrepresenting one’s academic achievements and record.

 

Members of the College community should report violations of this nature to the Office of Academic Affairs (#202) in Holbrook Hall for review by the Academic Integrity Review Board. Sanctions for these sorts of violations include probation, suspension, or dismissal from the college. The decision of the Academic Integrity Review Board is final.

 

Level I Appeal Process

The student has the right to appeal the disciplinary action associated with a course level violation of the Code of Academic Honesty within 10 days of being notified of the action. The appeal must be submitted by the student in writing using the Code of Academic Honesty Violation - Level I Appeal form. The written appeal must be submitted to the student’s School Dean prior to 4:30 p.m. of the last day for an appeal; otherwise, the instructor’s decision is final. A student not enrolled in a specific academic program submits the written appeal to the School Dean associated with the course in which the violation is reported to have occurred. The student’s School Dean and Department Chair will review the appeal and render a decision within 10 days of its filing. A Code of Academic Honesty Violation - Level I Appeal form can be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs (#202) in Holbrook Hall.

 

Level II Appeal Process

The student has the right to appeal the School Dean’s decision associated with a course level violation of the Code of Academic Honesty to the Academic Integrity Review Board within 10 days of being notified of the decision. The Level II appeal must be submitted by the student in writing using the Code of Academic Honesty Violation - Level II Appeal form. The Level II appeal must be submitted to the Provost’s Office (#202) prior to 4:30 p.m. of the last day for an appeal; otherwise, the School Dean’s decision related to the Level I appeal is final. A Code of Academic Honesty Violation - Level II Appeal form can be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs (#202) in Holbrook Hall. The Academic Integrity Review Board’s decision regarding the Level II appeal will be rendered within 30 days of its filing. The decision of the Academic Integrity Review Board is final.

*This policy was adapted with permission from Mount Aloysius College.

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