Academic Honesty

Academic success calls for strenuous individual and group efforts to progress intellectually. The academic measure of a college career is in the level of knowledge, skills, and intellectual maturity achieved during completion of a degree program. One of the most important aspects of a successful college experience is maintaining academic honesty and integrity. Without a commitment to honesty and integrity students will not achieve true academic success.

Cazenovia College expects students to maintain their commitment to academic honesty. Students are held responsible for acts such as plagiarism, cheating on assignments, or other forms of academic dishonesty. College faculty and the Office of Academic Affairs are responsible for maintaining standards of academic honesty.

Academic Honesty Policy
At once dishonest and dishonorable, lying, cheating, and stealing are particularly insidious in academic contexts. They offend free inquiry, insult scholarship, and impede learning. Historically grounded in a tradition of academic honesty, Cazenovia College expects students to eschew both dishonesty and dishonor, some examples of which include:
  • Copying from an unauthorized reference [e.g. textbook, notes, another student's paper] during a closed-book examination.
  • Representing all or portions of the work of another person [e.g. student, scholar, television commentator, etc.] as your own.
  • Representing the printed words or ideas of another [e.g. student, scholar, television commentator, etc.] as your own.
  • Stealing or defacing the College's books, magazines, art work, material related to computers, etc.
  • Stealing or making unauthorized [i.e. beyond the bounds of 'fair use'] copies of texts, recordings, software, etc. protected by copyright.
  • Buying examinations, papers, lab reports, projects, art works, etc. [whatever the supply source] that you represent or submit as your own.
  • Selling or providing examinations, papers, lab reports, projects, art works, etc. [whatever the supply source] for others to represent or submit as their own.
  • Submitting, without previous knowledge and specific permission of the receiving instructor, material for which you have already received a grade or credit in another course.
  • Representing fabricated data or evidence as the consequence of your own legitimate observation or study.
  • Misrepresenting, orally or in writing, the nature and scope of an internship.
  • Misrepresenting, orally or in writing, the extent of your personal involvement or participation in an internship.
  • Aiding another student in an act of academic dishonesty.
Academic Dishonesty Sanctions

General policy
In all instances of academic dishonesty, the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designate will notify a student that a faculty member has reported an offense. The instructor will send a memo to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, copied to the student, documenting the incident and including the evidence of academic dishonesty. This memo and any additional documentation will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Registrar’s Office. Within five business days, the Office of Academic Affairs will send a letter to the student formally documenting the offense and outlining the policy on Academic Honesty, including the penalties described below. The student may place a letter in his/her file responding to the charge. In addition, the student may request a meeting with the Committee on Academic Honesty to appeal the finding. This request must be made within five business days of the receipt of the memo from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the student declines to appeal, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will impose the appropriate penalty. If the student chooses to appeal, the Committee on Academic Honesty will hear the appeal and make recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In either case, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify the student about resulting sanctions. Penalties for academic dishonesty become more severe if repeated. Failure of the student to complete the sanction[s] will result in additional sanction[s] to be determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designate. These additional sanction[s] may include failure of the involved class.

Penalties for acts of academic dishonesty

First Offense - A student who has a first offense of academic dishonesty will receive an “F” on the essay, quiz, paper, or project in question. The student will also be required to attend a session on academic dishonesty in the Academic Learning Center. Additional sanctions, such as tutoring sessions or community service, may also be assigned to the student.

Second Offense - The sanction for a second offense is failure of the course involved as well as additional sanctions such as tutoring sessions at the Learning Center, community service, or other measures that the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designate deem appropriate. A student who commits a second offense will fail the course involved.

Third Offense - Ordinarily, the sanction for a third offense of academic dishonesty is permanent expulsion from the College.

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