Academic Dishonesty

During examinations, academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to . . .

  • Referring to information not specifically condoned by the instructor


  • Receiving information from a fellow student


  • Stealing, buying, selling or transmitting a copy of any examination



Plagiarism (papers, projects or any assignment prepared outside of class) includes, but is not limited to . . .

  • Omitting quotation marks or other conventional markings around material quoted from any printed source


  • Paraphrasing a specific passage from a specific source without properly referencing the source


  • Replicating another student's work, in whole or in part and submitting it as original




Falsification of a school document includes, but is not limited to . . .

  • Unauthorized signing of another person's name to an official form or document


  • Unauthorized modification, copying, or production of a University document


NOTE: Any student who knowingly assists in any form of dishonesty will be considered as equally responsible as the student who accepts such assistance. 





Reporting Process


The reporting procedure is as follows:

  • The instructor will confront the student within one week of the discovery of the infraction.


  • The instructor will write a report outlining the violation


  • The report will be provided to the student along with the sanctions recommended


  • The report will be sent to the Program Director


  • A copy of the report will be sent to the The Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs who will work with the faculty to determine the penalty for each infraction.The student may receive a grade of "F" for the course, but the student will be allowed to appeal (see appeal process below).



Appeal Process


When a student has been accused of academic dishonesty, which necessitates disciplinary action, and the student feels he/she is being unjustly accused or is being treated unfairly, he/she may choose to appeal the decision of the faculty member. That appeal process is as follows:


  • The student may submit a written appeal to the Program Director. The Program Director will review the instructor's report and the student's written appeal, then notify the instructor and the student of his/her decision.


  • If the student is not satisfied with the Program Director's decision, he/she may submit a written appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). The VPAA will review the student's appeal, as well as the faculty member's report. When a decision has been reached, the VPAA will notify the Program Director, the faculty member and the student.


  • If the student is not satisfied with the VPAA's decision, he/she has one calendar week from the date the notification is received to request a hearing before the Governing Board. The VPAA will contact the Registrar who will arrange the hearing. The Board will meet with the student, review all reports and facts, and make a recommendation to the President. The President will make a decision based on the Board’s recommendation and the student will be notified of that decision. The President's decision is the final step in the appeal process.


Academic Ethics

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