Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Faculty members are expected to become familiar with the Academic Integrity Policy and to take the lead in discussing the meaning of academic integrity with all students. Early in their courses, they shall state clearly course requirements and expectations including examination procedures and grading rationale as they relate to the Academic Integrity Policy.

Faculty Reported Violations

Alleged violations of the Academic Integrity Policy may be resolved in one of two ways:

Faculty-Student Joint Conference
The faculty member and student may address the allegation

Faculty must inform students of the requirement to submit signed copies of the Academic Integrity Pledge for all major written assignments. Most importantly, faculty members must recognize their responsibility to exemplify the values of academic integrity in their own conduct and to convey by example as well as precept their expectation that the Policy shall be followed in all University activities in which they have a part.

Guidelines for Academic Work and Examinations

  • Early in the course the instructor should make special efforts to explain to the class what constitutes plagiarism. Examples of acceptable and unacceptable style for acknowledging source material should be presented.
  • Faculty should relate to students specific instances where the Policy may apply in a class assignment; for example, the prohibition against cheating as applied to out of class assignments or the place for group versus individual work. Such information is especially important to students early in their academic experience as entering freshmen.
  • Prior to examinations, the instructor should do whatever possible to arrange room conditions for examinations so as to reduce temptations to violate academic integrity. Such conditions may include arranging for as widely spaced seating as possible, preferably using alternate rows, and the use of “scrambled” versions of multiple choice type tests.
  • The instructor should elect to remain in the classroom during the administration of an examination or provide for other qualified proctoring of the examination.
  • Large classes pose special problems in administration of examinations. If sufficient space is not available to allow for proper examination conditions, it may be desirable to arrange to administer the examination during the evening hours (with the consent of the class) when sufficient rooms for spreading out the class are available.

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