Characteristics of academic integrity include fairness, respect for others, personal responsibility, and proper recognition and acknowledgement of resources used in all educational activities. In order for this diverse community of learners to fulfill its mission of shared exploration, creativity, and justice, all members must feel free to participate in an atmosphere of trust. A goal of the University is for the concept of integrity to become a habit of the mind and a reality in performance, enriching and guiding all members of the community. Members of the Spalding University community will demonstrate a high standard of integrity in all areas of academic work and university experiences. Faculty are held to high expectations of integrity through professional and disciplinary practices and through policies outlined in the Faculty and Employee Handbooks. In this same spirit, students who breach the University's Policy on Academic Integrity are subject to disciplinary action.
Students, faculty and staff have the duty to report any instance of academic dishonesty to the appropriate authority (i.e., faculty member, dean, chair, program director, etc.). Penalties for academic dishonesty may vary or be more stringent in particular academic units.
Definition "Academic dishonesty" includes academic lying, stealing, or cheating for the purpose of affecting one's grade, course credit, or status, including but not limited to the following:
Procedure for Instance of a Possible Breach in Academic Integrity
Students, faculty and staff have the duty to report any possible instance of academic dishonesty to the appropriate authority (i.e., faculty member, program director, Chair, Dean, etc.). When a faculty member (responsible for the course, program, etc.) becomes aware of a possible instance of academic dishonesty, she or he is responsible for initiating the following procedure:
1.1. If the aforementioned conversation is held, within 2 business days of such, the faculty member will write a confirmation that the conversation occurred, with a copy given to the student. If given in person, the student will sign a form confirming the conversation occurred. If the meeting is not in person, an email confirmation of the meeting will be sought. (Refusal of the student to sign does not prevent the progression of the process.) This confirmation will only acknowledge that:
1.2 If student contact is attempted three times without response, and no conversation with the student can occur, the faculty member will render a decision about the issue based on all other available information.
2.1 If the faculty member determines there has been no incidence of academic dishonesty, no further action is required, other than written notification to the student that no action will be taken.
2.2 If the faculty member determines there has been an incidence of academic dishonesty, within 5 business days of the conversation with the student (or after the third failed attempt at contacting the student for this conversation), the faculty member will write a formal document articulating her/his findings and sanctions. Copies of this document will be given to the student, in person with signature verifying receipt or via registered mail with delivery confirmation requested. Further, copies will be disseminated to the student’s program director and the student’s file. A copy will be retained, also, by the faculty member.
NOTE: In instances when a student earns a course grade that prohibits the continuation in a course sequence, the student will not register or attend sequential classes. In instances where the grade results in termination from a program/dismissal from the University, the student will not register or attend any further classes and will be withdrawn from current courses.
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