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 university’s Student
Code of Conduct (SCC).
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; (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic
material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; or (4) academic deception
(e.g. fabricating data, misrepresenting sources, misleading presentations, lying) in written or
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of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear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.
4. The term “recycling” may be new to some. Instructors expect that work submitted in a course is
original work done for that course. These are two examples of recycling:
Submitting your own work, which has been submitted and graded for an earlier
course, for a second course.
Submitting your own published work as original work for a course.
B. Implementation of Academic Integrity Policies
Process of Implementation Comment and instruction
Faculty Member becomes aware of a violation
of Academic Integrity and submits a Maxient
1. The instructor will gather and document all
evidence of academic dishonesty in a clear
and concise manner. The instructor will
complete a Maxient Report following an
initial discussion with the student. The report
should assist in clarifying root issues.
2. The instructor will present this evidence to the
student. The instructor will notify the student
in writing that this has been done and will
indicate the Dean of the College will provide
information for the appeal process.
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.
These should be documented through the
4. If this is a repeated occurrence, the
Department Chair may impose additional
penalties, including but not limited to
dismissal from the departmental program,
suspension from the university, or expulsion
from the university.
5. A student has the right to appeal the academic
penalties imposed by the instructor by filing
an appeal with the Collegiate Dean within 3
university business days of the documented
imposition of penalties. A response regarding
the appeal is normally received within 15
university business days.
Steps for Appeal Regarding Academic
Dishonesty can be found in the Faculty
Report received by VPAA. Report copied to AVP-Graduate Studies
Report is forwarded to Department Chair. AVP-Graduate Studies works with
Department Chair to address issue.
College Dean receives report and oversees the
College Dean closes the case.
Case is reviewed by the Academic Appeals
Committee, chaired by AVP-Graduate Studies
Further Appeal: Case is reviewed by the
VPAA. No further appeals.
Last modified: March 15, 2018