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Student Academic Integrity

Effective: November 22, 2011
Last Updated: Approved by EPC October 12, 2011; Approved by Campus Assembly November 22, 2011; Revised and approved by Teaching & Learning Committee 3-11-15; approved by EVCAA 4-30-15

Policy Owner: Academic Affairs 

 

Introduction

Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This commitment can only be fulfilled in an environment of trust, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. All faculty, staff, and students are expected to maintain the highest levels of academic integrity.

Scope and Purpose

This policy addresses violations of academic integrity by one or more members of the UMD student academic community. This policy is consistent with the Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. "(1) Scholastic Dishonesty: Scholastic dishonesty means plagiarism; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards or professional endorsement; altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying of data, research procedures, or data analysis."

 

Prohibited Content

All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited, including (but not limited to):

  • submitting false records of academic achievement
  • cheating on assignments or examinations
  • submitting sentences or ideas as your own without proper acknowledgment or citation (plagiarizing)
  • altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record or forging the signature of any member of the University community
  • taking, acquiring, using, or circulating test materials without faculty permission
  • acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement
  • facilitating academic dishonesty by knowingly assisting another student to violate the Student Academic Integrity Policy, such as providing course work for another student to turn in as their own effort or taking an exam for another student
  • presenting as one's own a plot, succession of ideas, or list/outline of another without proper acknowledgment
  • attending a class, completing an assignment, or taking a quiz/test in the name of another student
  • altering or viewing computer records, dispensing or releasing information gained via unauthorized access, modifying computer programs or systems, or interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information (refer to UMD policy)
  • purchasing or otherwise presenting work as your own when it was done by another person
  • submitting the same paper or work (or generally similar papers or work) to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of faculty
  • depriving another student of necessary study or research materials or in any way impeding another student's work and pursuit of education
  • submitting falsified data, such as bibliographic resources and experimental data or altering graded academic work/quizzes/tests and resubmitting them in order to get a higher grade
  • use of electronic devices for the unauthorized assistance in academic work, quizzes, or tests
  • distributing or selling video, audio, or transcript-like notes of lecture or course presentations. 

Procedure for Handling Violations

Academic dishonesty violates the Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. Violations of academic integrity will be adjudicated by faculty and academic administrators.  As per University of Minnesota policy (Resolving Alleged Student Conduct Code Violations), a preponderance of evidence (i.e., more likely than not) is used in adjudicating violations. In addition, the UMD Student Conduct Officer maintains a record of violations, and will notify the student of the appeal process.

Upon a suspected violation of this policy, the process is as follows:

  • The faculty member will schedule a meeting with the student about the violation.
  • If the faculty member decides to take action, the faculty member is responsible for imposing a sanction, and must file the Report of Academic Dishonesty with the UMD Student Conduct Officer who advises the student of the appeal process, and that this event has been noted as a Student Conduct Code violation. 
  • If the student refuses to meet or disagrees with the faculty member, the faculty member completes the Report of Academic Dishonesty form, including the sanction imposed, and forwards it to the Student Conduct Officer who advises the student of the appeal process, and that this event has been noted as a Student Conduct Code violation.   

 Examples of faculty sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • additional work
  • grade reduction on an assignment/quiz/test, including an F
  • grade reduction in the class, including an F
  • re-examination
  • other sanctions deemed appropriate by faculty member

Faculty members are encouraged but not required to notify the department head when sanctions are imposed.

A student who disagrees with the allegations or the sanctions may utilize the appeals process outlined below.

 

Multiple Violations

Academic integrity violations are adjudicated by faculty and academic administrators; however, they are considered as violations of the Student Conduct Code and are monitored by the UMD Student Conduct Office.  A student with multiple academic integrity violations will be reported to UMD Academic Affairs where the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education may recommend any possible sanctions available under the Student Conduct Code, including but not limited to:

  • warning/reprimand
  • withdrawal of University funding
  • suspension from the University for a given period of time
  • permanent expulsion from the University
  • other sanctions deemed appropriate by the academic affairs officer

Timeline for Single Violation

  1. The faculty member must request a meeting with the student within ten (10) business days of becoming aware of the offense.
  2. All reports of academic dishonesty should be filed by the faculty member within ten (10) business days of imposing the sanction.
  3. A student who disagrees with the faculty member's allegations and/or sanction(s) has ten (10) business days from the date the Report of Academic Dishonesty was submitted to begin the appeals process.
  4. The first step of the appeals process is to speak with the faculty member’s Department Head. If the faculty member is the Department Head the student should meet with the Associate Dean of the College. Within ten (10) business days after speaking with the student, the Department head or Associate Dean of the College provides a written decision to the student concerning the appeal.
  5. A student who disagrees with the written decision of the Department Head or Associate Dean of the College may use the Student Academic Complaint Resolution policy to further appeal.

Any of these timelines may be adjusted by mutual consent. Winter, spring, and summer breaks are taken into account.

Timeline for Multiple Violations

  1. If the Office of Student Conduct identifies the student as having more than one academic integrity violation reports on file, the student will be referred to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education (AVCUE), who will review the reports and contact the student within ten (10) business days of receiving those reports, requesting a face-to-face meeting with the student.
  2. The student has five (5) business days from the AVCUE’s request to respond. If the student does not respond or refuses to meet with the AVCUE then the AVCUE has the option to impose additional penalties on the student and simply inform him or her of those penalties. In such cases the student will have lost the option to appeal the AVCUE’s decision.
  3. If the student agrees to meet with the AVCUE a time will be found that is convenient to both. Materials will be reviewed and options discussed. The AVCUE will make a decision and inform the student within five (5) business days after the meeting of that decision. If the student disagrees with the AVCUE’s decision she or he may appeal to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The appeal must be in writing (email is acceptable) and must detail the basis of the appeal. Simply disagreeing with the decision is not an acceptable basis for appeal. The appeal must be filed within five (5) business days of the AVCUE’s decision. The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs’ decision will be communicated within ten (10) business days of receiving the appeal.

The decision of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is final.

Any of these timelines may be adjusted by mutual consent. Winter, spring, and summer breaks are taken into account.

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