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Academic Regulations Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

  • 4.0: Academic Honesty
  • 4.1: Definitions
  • 4.1.1: Cheating: dishonesty of any kind with respect to examinations or course assignments, or alteration of records.
  • 4.1.2: Plagiarism: a form of cheating in which the work of someone else is offered as one's own. The language or ideas thus taken from another may range from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs, to entire articles copied from printed sources, speeches, or the work of other students.
  • 4.2: Policy
  • 4.2.1: Student's responsibilities. Academic honesty is expected of all students. The student is responsible for knowing how to maintain academic honesty and for abstaining from cheating, the appearance of cheating, and permitting or assisting in another's cheating.
  • 4.2.2: Instructor's responsibilities. The instructor is responsible for fostering the intellectual honesty as well as the intellectual development of students, and should apply methods of teaching, examination, and assignments which discourage student dishonesty. If necessary, the instructor should explain clearly any specialized meanings of cheating and plagiarism as they apply to a specific course.
    • The instructor must thoroughly investigate signs of academic dishonesty, take appropriate actions, and report such actions properly to prevent repeated offenses and to ensure equity.
  • 4.3: Procedures
  • 4.3.1: Initial decision. An instructor who has evidence of cheating shall initiate the process of determining the student's guilt or innocence and the penalty, if any, to be imposed. An instructor shall make initial findings only after informing the student, during an informal conference held within 10 days of discovering the alleged cheating, of charges and evidence, and allowing the student to present a defense. The instructor may assign a grade of Incomplete to any student whose case cannot be resolved before the course grades are due in the Registrar's Office.
  • 4.3.2: Reporting. During the period in which the student is permitted to drop courses, the instructor shall inform the Registrar promptly of any allegation of cheating, so that an accused student will not be permitted to withdraw from the course. The instructor who makes an initial finding that academic dishonesty has been practiced shall impose an academic sanction. Then, within 10 class days, the instructor shall supply a written report to the student, the chair of the student's department, the dean or director of the student's school or division, and the dean of students. This report shall summarize the evidence and the penalties assessed.
  • 4.3.3: Appeal. If a student's course grade is affected by the penalty, the student has the right to appeal the penalty imposed by an instructor through the IPFW grade appeals system. (See Appendix B).