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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity
Faculty Policy: 6.87 Approved by Faculty Senate on December 13, 2006

A. Definition of Terms

1. Academic integrity is essential to any academic institution and is in keeping with the mission of Concordia University. In order to protect the rights of students, the disciplinary procedure for dealing with cases of academic dishonesty follows these broad guidelines. Violations of academic integrity include "cheating" and "plagiarism" as defined by the Student Code of Conduct.

2. The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.

3. The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

B. Implementation of Academic Integrity Policies

1. The instructor will gather and document all evidence of academic dishonesty in a clear and concise manner.

2. The instructor will present this evidence to the student.

3. The instructor may prescribe academic penalties, including but not restricted to, the requirement of additional work, an assignment of a failing grade on the work in question, or a failing grade for the entire course. Any prescribed penalties must be in writing and include instructions for the appeal process.

4. The instructor will send documented academic dishonesty violations and prescribed penalties to the Vice President for Academic Affairs office, will notify the student in writing that this has been done, and will provide instruction for the appeal process. The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will notify the student?s academic adviser, Department Chair, and the Dean of that college. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will file the documentation in the student?s Disciplinary File in the Judicial Affairs Office.

5. If this is a repeated occurrence the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee may impose additional penalties, including but not limited to dismissal from the departmental program, suspension from the university, or expulsion from the university.

6. A student has the right to appeal the academic penalties imposed by the instructor by filing an appeal with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs within 72 hours (three business days) of the documented imposition of penalties.

7. Decisions made by the instructor are appealed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Decisions by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs are appealed to the Educational Concerns Committee. The Educational Concerns Committee does not serve to evaluate university policy, but to determine facts and apply stated policies.