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Student Academic Integrity

Effective: November 22, 2011
Last Updated: Approved by EPC October 12, 2011; Approved by Campus Assembly November 22, 2011

Policy Owner: Academic Affairs 

 

Introduction

Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This commitment can only be fulfilled in an environment of trust, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. All faculty, staff, and students are expected to maintain the highest levels of academic integrity.

Scope and Purpose

This policy addresses violations of academic integrity by one or more members of the UMD student academic community. This policy is consistent with the Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. "(1) Scholastic Dishonesty: Scholastic dishonesty means plagiarism; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards or professional endorsement; altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying of data, research procedures, or data analysis."

 

Prohibited Content

All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited, including (but not limited to):

  • submission of false records of academic achievement
  • cheating on assignments or examinations
  • submitting sentences or ideas as your own without proper acknowledgment or citation (plagiarizing)
  • altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record or forging the signature of any member of the University community
  • taking, acquiring, using, or circulating test materials without faculty permission
  • acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement
  • facilitating academic dishonesty by knowingly assisting another student to violate the Student Academic Integrity Policy, such as providing course work for another student to turn in as his or her own effort or taking an exam for another student
  • presenting as one's own a plot, succession of ideas, or list/outline of another without proper acknowledgment
  • attending a class, completing an assignment, or taking a quiz/test in the name of another student
  • altering or viewing computer records, dispensing or releasing information gained via unauthorized access, modifying computer programs or systems, or interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information (refer to UMD policy)
  • purchasing or otherwise presenting work as your own when it was done by another person
  • submitting the same paper or work (or generally similar papers or work) to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of faculty
  • depriving another student of necessary study or research materials or in any way impeding another student's work and pursuit of education
  • submitting falsified data, such as bibliographic resources and experimental data or altering graded academic work/quizzes/tests and resubmitting them in order to get a higher grade
  • use of electronic devices for the unauthorized assistance in academic work, quizzes, or tests
  • distribution or sale of video, audio, or transcript-like notes of lecture or course presentations. 

Procedure for Handling Violations

Academic dishonesty violates the Board of Regents Student Conduct Code.  Violations of academic integrity will be adjudicated by faculty and academic administrators.  In addition, the UMD Student Conduct Officer maintains a record of violations, and will notify the student of the appeal process.

Upon a suspected violation of this policy, the faculty member will schedule a meeting with the student about the violation. If the faculty member decides to take action, the faculty member is responsible for imposing a sanction, and must file the Report of Academic Dishonesty with the UMD Student Conduct Officer who advises the student of the appeal process, and that this event has been noted as a Student Conduct Code violation.  If the student refuses to meet or disagrees with the faculty member, the faculty member completes the Report of Academic Dishonesty form, including the sanction imposed, and forwards it to the Student Conduct Officer who advises the student of the appeal process, and that this event has been noted as a Student Conduct Code violation. 

A student who disagrees with the allegations or the sanctions may utilize the Student Academic Complaint Resolution process.  Examples of faculty sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • additional work
  • grade reduction on an assignment/quiz/test, including an F
  • grade reduction in the class, including an F
  • re-examination
  • other sanctions deemed appropriate by faculty member

Faculty members are encouraged but not required to notify the department head when sanctions are imposed.

 

Multiple Violations

Academic integrity violations are adjudicated by faculty and academic administrators; however, they are considered as violations of the Student Conduct Code and are monitored by the UMD Student Conduct Office.  A student with multiple academic integrity violations will be reported to UMD Academic Affairs where an appropriate officer may recommend any possible sanctions available under the Student Conduct Code which may include:

  • warning/reprimand
  • withdrawal of University funding
  • suspension from the University for a given period of time
  • permanent expulsion from the University
  • other sanctions deemed appropriate by the academic affairs officer

Timelines

  1. The faculty member must request a meeting with the student within ten working days of becoming aware of the offense.
  2. All reports of academic dishonesty should be filed by the faculty member within ten working days of imposing the sanction.
  3. A student who disagrees with the faculty member's sanction has ten working days from the date the Report of Academic Dishonesty was submitted to begin the complaint resolution process.
  4. An academic affairs officer who has been notified of multiple-offense cases in which the student has accepted the sanction or a final resolution has been completed will request a meeting with the student within five working days from the date of the referral from Student Conduct .
  5. A student who disagrees with the academic integrity officer's sanctions has ten working days from the date on the sanction letter to request, in writing to the academic affairs officer, a formal hearing. A Grievance Committee consisting of at least three members will be appointed to consider the appeal. 

Any of these timelines may be adjusted by mutual consent. Winter, spring, and summer breaks are taken into account.

 


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