Academic Integrity Policy
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
At Coe College, we expect academic integrity of all members of
our community. Academic integrity assumes honesty about the nature of
one‘s work in all situations. Such honesty is at the heart of the
educational enterprise and is a pre-condition for intellectual growth.
Academic dishonesty is the willful attempt to misrepresent one‘s work,
cheat, plagiarize, or impede other students‘ academic progress.
Academic dishonesty interferes with the mission of the College and will
be treated with the utmost seriousness as a violation of community
Forms of Academic Dishonesty
Cheating is the attempt to deceive an evaluator by claiming
credit for work one has not done or by knowingly assisting such an
attempt. It includes (but is not limited to) the use of unauthorized
sources of information on inclass or take-home exams, or other
assignments; copying from other students on exams, assignments, or lab
reports; fabrication of data, research, quotations, or other
information; and taking credit for collaborations to which one has not
Plagiarism is the use
of someone else‘s words or ideas without acknowledgement and, when
intentional, is a form of academic dishonesty. The unacknowledged use
of words or ideas from any published or unpublished sources, including
Internet resources or other student papers, constitutes plagiarism.
Plagiarism may occur intentionally or unintentionally through the
omission of appropriate citations. Any ideas or information the student
adopts from a source, whether or not directly quoted, must be
acknowledged by specific reference in notes or the text.
Any words or phrases that are taken from a source must be
quoted and cited. Any paraphrase—the restatement of an idea in your own
words—must be cited.
The methods of citation and documentation vary from discipline
to discipline. Students are responsible for determining the appropriate
method for any given assignment or, in the absence of a clearly stated
protocol, using any accepted academic method. Guidelines can be found
on the library website and in the Writing Center.
Other forms of academic
dishonesty include (but are not limited to) deliberately
impeding other students‘ work and misuse of common academic property,
in the libraries, labs, and elsewhere.
Instructors have responsibility for determining whether
academic dishonesty has occurred. Instructors shall proceed with
sanctions accordingly. Any act of academic dishonesty that results in
one of the sanctions below shall be detailed in a formal report filed
with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.
Cases of unintentional plagiarism may be dealt with through
educational procedures such as further assignments requiring the
student to practice documentation and citation methods, or other means
determined by the instructor.
Acts of academic dishonesty will be subject to one or more of
the following sanctions:
An instructor may impose the first two of these penalties.
Suspension or expulsion may be recommended by the instructor but can
only be carried out by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
of the Faculty.
Repeated acts of academic dishonesty will result in suspension
or expulsion. When academic dishonesty has been determined to have
occurred a second time, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Dean of the Faculty shall decide on the student‘s status at the College.
When an instance of academic dishonesty is suspected, the
instructor will meet with the student to discuss the incident and will
decide which, if any, of the above sanctions is appropriate.
If the instructor files a report with the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, the student will be given a
copy and will be notified of the right to appeal. The report will
detail the nature of the violation and the steps taken to address it.
The report will stay on file with the Vice President for Academic
Affairs and Dean of the Faculty for five years after the student
graduates from or permanently leaves the College. The Vice President
for Student Affairs will be notified that a report has been filed.
Information in the file will be confidential, to be shared only at the
discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the
Faculty for a legitimate educational or legal purpose.
The student may appeal the charge and/or the sanction within
two weeks of receiving the instructor‘s report by writing a letter to
the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
requesting an appeals hearing. Students wishing to appeal are strongly
encouraged to consult with the Director of Academic Achievement, who
has been designated by the College to provide information and advocacy
in these matters.
The case will be heard by an Academic Integrity Appeals Board
consisting of one faculty member of the Academic Policies Committee,
one member of the Executive Committee, one faculty member of Judicial
Board, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Vice President
for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, who will chair the
hearing. The faculty appointments will be made by the Executive
Committee. The student may
A majority vote of the Appeals Board is necessary to uphold or
overturn a sanction. If a sanction is overturned, the Appeals Board may
impose a lesser sanction. The Appeals Board will submit a written
finding which will be sent to the student and the faculty member(s)
involved in the case and which will become part of the student‘s
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