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Academic Integrity

The Assistant Provost is responsible for administering the College's policy on Academic Integrity. All students need to familiarize themselves with the policy on Academic Integrity.

Standards of Academic Integrity

All members of the Juniata College community share responsibility for establishing and maintaining appropriate standards of academic honesty and integrity. Students oblige themselves to follow these standards and to encourage others to do so. Faculty members also have an obligation to comply with the principles and procedures of academic honesty and integrity as listed here through personal example and the learning environment they create.
One of the strongest traditions in higher education is the value the community places upon academic honesty. Academic integrity is an assumption that learning is taken seriously by students and that the academic work that students do to be evaluated is a direct result of the commitment of the student toward learning as well as the personal knowledge gained.
Academic dishonesty, therefore, is an attempt by a student to present knowledge in any aspect as personal when in fact it is knowledge gained by others.

Examples of academic dishonesty are the following:

1. Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized material in any academic exercise. This can include using unauthorized materials (e.g., notes, examination copies, electronic sources), having or accessing unauthorized materials during the examination time, or going against explicit instructor directions for the completion of an assignment or exam.

2. Plagiarism: This involves presenting another’s work (i.e., ideas, representations, or words) as one’s own without proper acknowledgment of the source. Citation is unnecessary when ideas or information are considered common knowledge.

3. Fabrication and Falsification: altering or inventing any information or citation in any academic exercise.

4. Multiple Submission: submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit more than once without authorization.

5. Abuse of Materials: damaging, destroying, stealing, or in any way obstructing access to library or other academic resource material or academic records.

6. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty: intentionally helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty; unauthorized collaboration on any academic work. (Collaboration is not permissible unless a faculty member specifically indicates the extent to which students may collaborate on a given assignment.)

7. Failing to cooperate in the investigation of any student being accused of academic dishonesty.

The penalty for academic dishonesty may lead to dismissal from the college, particularly if it is a repeat offense.

Academic Dishonesty Policy

1. Faculty members who have sufficient evidence of academic dishonesty must first contact the Assistant Provost, who determines whether the student has previously admitted to or been found guilty of an academic integrity violation.

2. If the faculty member believes that the suspected violation would be remedied by an F in the course or a lesser penalty, he or she proceeds to settle the matter with the student. After meeting with the student, if the faculty member determines that a violation has in fact occurred, he or she records the charge on a form obtained from the Assistant Provost and assigns a penalty.

3. The faculty member assigns one of the following penalties: a warning; a reduced or failing grade for the assignment; a reduced or failing grade for the course; another penalty the faculty member deems appropriate for the violation. Determinations of penalty must be based on the nature and seriousness of the offense.

4. The form then is given to the student, who may (1) admit guilt and accept the assigned penalty; or (2) admit guilt but request an appeal of the assigned penalty; or (3) deny the allegation and request an appeal. The student has three school days to consider the charge and penalty and seek advice and then chooses one of the three options by signing in the presence of the Assistant Provost and the faculty member, who then implements the penalty. If the student chooses the first option, the form remains with the Assistant Provost and the matter is ended. If the student chooses the second or third option, the Assistant Provost refers the matter to the Judicial Board. The student or faculty member may at this time name relevant witnesses for the hearing.

5. Once a student has received notice that he or she is charged with an academic integrity violation, the student is not permitted to withdraw from the course unless the procedures for handling such violations result in no grade penalty. After the academic integrity charges are settled, the student may withdraw from the course with instructor permission.

6. If the suspected violation is not a first offense, or if the suspected violation constitutes a first offense for which the faculty member considers the appropriate penalty to be more severe than an F in the course, then the Dean of Students office is contacted and the case may proceed to the Judicial Board.

Forms of Academic Dishonesty

Acts of academic dishonesty may be categorized in one of the following ways:

1. Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized material in any academic exercise. This can include using unauthorized materials (e.g., notes, examination copies, electronic sources), having or accessing unauthorized materials during the examination time, or going against explicit instructor directions for the completion of an assignment or exam.

2. Plagiarism: This involves presenting another’s work (i.e., ideas, representations, or words) as one’s own without proper acknowledgment of the source. Citation is unnecessary when ideas or information are considered common knowledge.

3. Fabrication and Falsification: altering or inventing any information or citation in any academic exercise.

4. Multiple Submission: submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit more than once without authorization.

5. Abuse of Materials: damaging, destroying, stealing, or in any way obstructing access to library or other academic resource material or academic records.

6. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty: intentionally helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty; unauthorized collaboration on any academic work. (Collaboration is not permissible unless a faculty member specifically indicates the extent to which students may collaborate on a given assignment.)

7. Failing to cooperate in the investigation of any student being accused of academic dishonesty.

The College considers academic integrity one of the foundation stones of a liberal arts education and asks all students to use good sense and judgment in preparing and submitting material for examination and evaluation. Particularly at mid-semester and semester's end, under work and deadline pressure, students may make false assumptions or uninformed decisions that could lead to a charge of academic dishonesty.

Look at all your course syllabi carefully. Understand that you will sign an Agreement about the ethical use of the computer. This is very, very serious: if you present someone else's intellectual property as your own, that is stealing.

Ask questions of your professors: How much collaboration is permissible? How do I cite this kind of material: Do you allow students to use references found on the World Wide Web?

Each student's Juniata College degree is diminished by cheating. Don't do it. Please realize that cases of confirmed academic dishonesty could ruin hopes of a career in medicine, education, social work, or law enforcement.

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty are referred to this office for confirmation and resolution and, when necessary, a hearing panel of the Judicial Board will be convened to determine if there has been a violation of the policy.