Brief Review of Student Academic Misconduct Literature
Passed by the Faculty Senate: 11/05/01
Signed by President Judd:11/19/01
Policy on Academic Misconduct
At Central Connecticut State University we value personal integrity as fundamental to our interactions with each other. We believe that one of the purposes of a University education is for students learn to think critically, to develop evaluative skills, and to express their own opinions and voices. We place special weight on academic honesty in all of our intellectual pursuits because it is a value that is fundamental to academic life and scholarly practice. All members of the University community are obligated to uphold high standards of academic honesty in their scholarship and learning. Therefore, we expect students to take personal responsibility for their intellectual work and to respect and acknowledge the ideas of others. Academic honesty means doing one's own work and giving proper credit to others whose work and thought one may draw upon. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism.The CSU code of conduct, Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities and Judicial Procedures, defines academic misconduct as including, but "…not limited to providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects and examinations (cheating); and presenting, as one's own, the ideas or words of another person or persons for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgement (plagiarism)."
may take many
includes, but is not limited to, the following actions,
unless explicitly authorized by the instructor:
Falsification or Misuse of Academic Information:
Plagiarism is presenting another person’s work without acknowledgements, whether in the same or in slightly modified form. In academic practice this is regarded as theft, intended to gain undeserved credit. Like other forms of academic dishonesty, plagiarism is cheating. To academicians, a well-documented paper is more impressive than one which arouses the suspicion of a reader familiar with the student's work and alert to echoes from other writers. The proper use of outside sources does not necessarily mean that a paper is lacking in originality, nor does the presence of quotation marks in the text. In fact, the purpose of research and documentation is to share useful information with the reader. The penalties for plagiarism greatly exceed the unlikely reward of gaining credit by getting away with it. Students must be careful to avoid plagiarism and are responsible for learning how to present the ideas of others in their own work. For current documentation practice, consult the instructor and a style manual. When material is borrowed from another person, the source must be indicated. There are three ways in which another writer's material may appear:
1. By putting quotation marks around short passages borrowed verbatim (word for word); or by setting off from the text, without quotation marks, for longer quotations.
2. By précis; condensing part of a writer's argument.
3. By paraphrase: interpretation of a writer's ideas.
All three must be acknowledged either in footnotes or informally in the text.
of Academic Misconduct:
1. A grade of “F” for the course.
2. A grade of “F” for the material being evaluated.
3. A reduced grade for the material being evaluated.
4. The assigning of additional course work.
Undergraduate Students are Suspected of Academic
1) When a faculty member reasonably believes that there is sufficient information to demonstrate that a student may have engaged in Academic Misconduct:
a) The faculty member will discuss the incident with the student, in the presence of the department chair if the faculty member or student so desires.
b) At this time the faculty member shall outline the possible penalties specified in the CCSU Student Handbook.
c) The faculty member will indicate that the matter may be referred to the University Judicial Officer for possible disciplinary action.
2) Based on the available documentation, the response offered by the student, if any, and any other relevant information:
a) The faculty member will, within a reasonable period of time, reach a determination whether the student has engaged in Academic Misconduct.
b) Should the faculty member determine that Academic Misconduct has occurred, the faculty member shall retain evidence of the said misconduct.
3) If the faculty member determines that Academic Misconduct has not occurred, no University Academic Misconduct Report need be prepared.
4) If the faculty member determines that Academic Misconduct has occurred, the faculty member shall:
a) Impose an academic sanction.
b) Prepare and forward a University Academic Misconduct Report indicating the determination reached and sanctions imposed.
c) Direct the student to attend the Academic Integrity Workshop at the Learning Center.
d) Prior to making any determinations, a faculty member may consult with the Learning Center and/or the University Judicial Officer to determine whether the student has already attended the Academic Integrity Workshop.
5) The faculty member
a) Shall inform the student that additional University Academic Misconduct Reports may result in more severe penalties.
b) May also contact the University Judicial Officer regarding additional University disciplinary actions, which may include probation, suspension, or expulsion.
6) In accordance with the “Student Records and Disclosure Policy,” “Data from academic, disciplinary, and counseling files shall not be available to unauthorized persons on campus or to any person off campus without the express consent of the student involved, except under legal compulsion.” (CCSU Student Handbook.)
the Academic Integrity Workshop:
The Academic Integrity Workshop is available to all CCSU students so that they will not violate the Academic Misconduct Policy as a result of misunderstanding. For those students who have violated the Academic Misconduct Policy, the Academic Integrity Workshop is designed to educate students about what constitutes Academic Misconduct so that future violations will not occur. Upon completion of the Academic Integrity Workshop, notification will be forwarded to the University Judicial Officer who will document such completion in the student’s file. Students must sign up for the Academic Integrity Workshop at the Learning Center within 10 school days of being provided with the University Academic Misconduct Report. Refusal or failure to attend the workshop will result in a referral to the University Judicial Officer for immediate action.
Violations of the Academic Misconduct Policy:
When the University Judicial Officer receives multiple University Academic Misconduct Reports regarding a particular student, whether or not the faculty member has made a complaint, a "Pre-Hearing Investigation" will normally be conducted in anticipation of disciplinary action, which may result in disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion from the University. If the University Judicial Officer determines that a formal hearing is warranted, a faculty member or members may be requested to provide information.
Student's Rights When Suspected and or Charged With
1) A student has the right:
To meet with the faculty member, in the presence of
To be informed during this meeting of the faculty
member’s suspicions and have an
To appeal a finding of Academic Misconduct made
during the course of the
i) A written statement of appeal must be provided to the faculty member, the Department chairperson, the Dean, and the University Judicial Officer, setting forth the basis of the student’s appeal. Upon receipt of a student’s mid-semester appeal, the University Judicial Officer will consult with the faculty member, the Department Chair, and the Dean and communicate to the student within 10 school days the results of the student’s appeal.
Once a final grade is awarded, the student may file
a grade appeal in accordance with the
If a student receives a final grade of “F” as a
result of violating the Academic Misconduct
All end of the semester appeals must be made in
accordance with the "Appeals for
In addition to academic sanctions provided by the
faculty member, if disciplinary
Responsibilities when Academic Misconduct is Suspected
If a faculty member reasonably suspects academic misconduct during end of the semester grading, a grade of Incomplete may be entered, to be replaced by an appropriate grade once the issue is resolved. The grade of Incomplete allows a faculty member to complete end of the semester grading and still follow up on suspected violations of the University Academic Misconduct Policy.
Academic Misconduct reported by a member of the University Community other than the relevant faculty member: See "Academic Misconduct" in "Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities and Judicial Procedures," (CCSU Student Handbook.)
by University Judicial Officer on______________
to Student on______________
to Department Chair on______________
to Dean on _______________