A. Definition of Terms
- 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).
- 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; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff (4) academic deception (e.g. fabricating data, misrepresenting sources, misleading presentations, lying) in written or oral form.
- The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement.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.
B. Implementation of Academic Integrity Policies
- The instructor will gather and document all evidence of academic dishonesty in a clear and concise manner.
- The instructor will present this evidence to the student.
- 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 failing grade for the entire course. Any prescribed penalties must be in writing.
- The instructor will file an electronic Report of Classroom Incident Form (found on the University Portal.) This file will be shared with the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Office. The VPAA will forward the incident form to the Dean of the college responsible for the class in which the incident occurred. The Dean will notify the student via email of the charge(s), decision, and appeal process.
- If this is a repeated occurrence, the Department Chair, Dean of the College and the Vice President for Academic Affairs may impose additional penalties, including but not limited to dismissal from the departmental program, suspension from the university, or expulsion from the university.
- A student has the right to appeal the charge and/or academic penalties imposed by the instructor by filing an appeal with the Dean of the college within three university business days
- The Dean of the college reviews the form and determines if the appeal should be approved or denied. The Dean will make the decision based on information provided in the appeal; the incident is not reheard. The Dean will email the student and the reporting faculty member with a decision of the appeal and will also include information on the final appeals process to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This response regarding the appeal is normally received within ten university business days.
- A student has the right to a final appeal by emailing the Vice President for Academic Affairs with reasons for appeal within three university business days from the notification send date of the Dean’s appeal decision. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the final decision and notify the student via email along with the reporting faculty member and Dean. No further appeals will be heard.
Last modified: January 25, 2018