221 - Academic Integrity Policy
Academic integrity, one of the most important values in higher education, requires that each student's work represents his/her own personal efforts and that the student acknowledges the intellectual contributions of others. MSC Southeast students are expected to honor the requirements of the Academic Integrity Policy. The following are unacceptable academic practices, called "academic fraud," that are violations of the Academic Integrity Policy:
- Plagiarism: The presentation of another's work as one's own by failing to cite the source, by failing to enclose direct quotations within quotation marks, or by paraphrasing in language that too closely resembles that of the source.
- Cheating: Using, or attempting to use, unauthorized materials in any academic exercise or having someone else do the required work; e.g., cheat sheets or copying from another's paper, test, and/or homework.
- Fabrication: Inventing or falsifying information; e.g., creating data for a required lab experiment that was not done or was done incorrectly.
- Enabling academic fraud: Intentionally or knowingly helping another commit an act of academic fraud.
- Deception or misrepresentation: Unauthorized alteration, forgery, or falsification of academic records or academic work. Violating stated guidelines on an assignment.
- Damaging other's work: Sabotaging or damaging the work of others.
- Multiple submission: Submitting work without instructor's permission as if it were new work, even though it has already been used in another class.
The college may impose sanctions whenever a student engages in academic fraud. The responsibilities of faculty and students, and the pertinent sanctions and appeal processes are described in our Academic Integrity Procedure.
- The instructor confronts the student regarding the specific charge of academic fraud to discuss the charge, consider the evidence and hear the student's explanation. If the instructor determines that the student has violated the Academic Integrity Policy, the instructor informs the student of the consequences of the violation and the sanctions (A, B, C, D, or E outlined below) that the instructor will impose.
- If sanctions F, G, or H are requested, the instructor completes an "Academic Misconduct Complaint Form" and forwards to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Vice President of Academic Affairs must respond to and act on any charges of academic fraud within 10 academic days after notification from the instructor. The response may include, if needed, a meeting with any and all parties involved.
- If the student disagrees with either the determination of a violation of the policy or the sanction, the student may appeal the instructor's decision to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs. In handling the appeal, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs follows the Student Code of Conduct beginning with the Investigation and Informal Process.
Sanctions for Academic Fraud may include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. No further action
B. Warning given to the student
C. Academic plan established for future performance.
D. Grade of "F" or "0" points for the assignment or test/quiz.
E. Grade of "F" for the course
F. Probation period during which any further incidents may lead to summary suspension.
Appeals: Students should follow the Student Complaint/Grievance Procedure to appeal any sanction imposed for a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
Approved: April 27, 2006
Reviewed: December 28, 2010; February 7, 2011: October 23, 2013
Revised: September 29, 2008