Questions or concerns about academic honesty policies and procedures in the College of Arts and Sciences should be directed to Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Gary Barker.
Saint Louis University is a community of learning in which integrity and mutual trust are vital. Since the mission of the University is "the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity," acts of falsehood violate its very reason for existence. They also demean and compromise the activities of teaching, research, and community service that are the primary corporate purposes of the institution.
Academic dishonesty runs counter to the ethical principles of Christianity and of other cultural traditions and undercuts the spiritual and intellectual ideals of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus, upon which the University is founded. The destructive effects of academic dishonesty are many. Not only does it undermine the grading process, robbing teachers of their ability to assess the accomplishments of their students and to give proper responses and rewards, but it also impairs the ability of the University to certify to the outside world the skills and attainments of its graduates. Such dishonesty allows students to take unfair advantage of their peers and undermines moral character as well as self-respect. It also damages the bonds of academic trust upon which the entire University rests.
Since the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to prepare students for lives of integrity and for occupations of trust, it regards all acts of academic dishonesty as matters of serious concern. In establishing high standards of integrity, the College is not only affirming certain rules students are to observe at Saint Louis University, but giving students ethical principles and practices to take with them as they move into diverse professions and walks of life beyond the walls of the University. To this end, the College relies, not merely on the willing compliance and support of its students, but on the adherence to professional ethics displayed by its students and by its faculty, staff, and administrators as well.
Pursuant of the academic integrity policy established by Saint Louis University, the College of Arts and Sciences has designed an Academic Integrity Policy to promote ethical conduct with the college community:
To foster an academic environment in which integrity is uppermost, the College also relies on the commitment of everyone in the College community, each of whom has specific obligations:
Faculty members have the responsibility:
to create graded components of the course that minimize the possibility of academic dishonesty. Some suggestions for testing environments include: spacing students apart, appropriate number of proctors for the class size, and utilizing multiple versions of the exam. Some suggestions for paper assignments include: offering opportunities for drafting, reflection, and feedback on essays; including in-class writing assignments and activities; and crafting assignments with a specific purpose, audience, and context particular to the course. Some suggestions for performative assignments (such as musical, theatrical, visual arts, and videography) include: discussions of originality, and/or faculty observation of the student’s creative process.
to remind students of their obligation to abide by the College’s Policy on Academic Integrity at the beginning of all courses. Relevant parts of the academic integrity policy should be established both verbally and through a statement of expectations in the syllabus. Academic integrity should be defined in terms of the faculty member’s expectation of original authorship of written work within the course, appropriate use of outside sources and resulting source citation, permissible collaboration in preparing assignments and in studying for quizzes and examinations. See Appendix A for an example.
It is the responsibility of all students and faculty to uphold the academic code of honesty established by the University and given below.
University Policy: Students are expected to be honest in their academic work. The University reserves the right to penalize any student whose academic conduct is, in its judgment, detrimental to the University. Such conduct shall include cases of plagiarism, collusion, cheating, giving or receiving or offering or soliciting information in examinations, or the use of previously prepared material in examinations or quizzes. It is the responsibility of any student who observes such dishonest conduct to call it to the attention of a faculty member or administrator. Violations should be reported to your course instructor, who will investigate and adjudicate them according to the Policy on Academic Honesty of the College of Arts & Sciences. If the charges are found to be true, the student may be liable for academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion by the University.
Recommendations of sanctions to be imposed will be made to the Dean of the school or college in which the student is enrolled. Possible sanctions for a violation of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: assignment of a failing grade for the assignment and/or course, disciplinary probation, suspension, and/or dismissal from the University. While grades are very important in the current educational system and the University is a highly competitive environment, it is not worth the risk of your overall grade, reputation, and career.
Students have the responsibility:
Staff members have the responsibility
Academic administrators such as Deans, Directors and Chairs have the responsibility
Two classifications of academic integrity violations are defined by the College of Arts and Sciences and are defined below:
Students may be alleged to have committed a Class A violation under the following circumstances:
Such violations include, but are not limited to, the acts of dishonesty defined in Section 3. They are to be handled according to the process described in Sections 4 and 5 below.
Students may be alleged to have committed a Class B violation under the following circumstances:
Such violations include, but are not limited to, acts of dishonesty defined in Section 3. They are to be handled according to the process described in Sections 4 and 5 below.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the kinds of misconduct listed below. Such dishonesty may involve written or spoken communication or those conveyed in electronic form. The act shall be considered in conjunction with the definitions of Section 2 to decide the classification and adjudication.
Cheating involves the use of unauthorized or unethical assistance to gain an unfair advantage over other students. Instances and suggested classification of the violation include the following:
Falsification involves misrepresentations of fact for academic gain. Instances include the following:
Plagiarism involves the representation of someone else's thoughts or words as if they were one's own. Instances include the following:
Self-Plagiarism is defined as representing previously submitted work as new and/or submitting one assignment to satisfy multiple requirements in different courses without permission.
More information about self-plagiarism is available here.
Sabotage involves interference or seeking to prevent the academic pursuits of others. It includes:
Collusion involves collaboration with another person or persons for the purpose of engaging in, aiding, or abetting acts of academic dishonesty as defined above.
Consistent and fair adjudication of academic violations shall be paramount within the College of Arts and Sciences, faculty, staff and students. This section will address the Adjudication process and then more specifically the responsibility of the course instructor and the Department Chair in this process.
Unless and until a formal finding of a violation has been reached, all instructors and members of the college faculty, staff, and administration involved with a complaint shall take appropriate precautions to maintain confidentiality concerning the name of the accused, the nature of the complaint, and its supporting evidence except insofar as such information must be divulged in order to investigate the allegations or to conduct a hearing.
|•If no violation is found, all record of the complaint shall be destroyed. The nature of the evidence and the proceedings shall remain confidential.|
Students accused of academic dishonesty, instructors and/or Department Chairs bringing accusations have the following rights:
|•The charge, including the date and circumstances of the purported act of dishonesty.|
•The date, time and location of the meeting.
|•Instructors and Department Chairs may question witnesses.|
All Class A violations start as Class A violation without an informal Department hearing. The adjudication process for a Class A violation is classified as: 1) without an informal Department hearing, or 2) with an informal Department hearing. The course instructor is charged with the responsibility to conduct a meeting as outlined in Section 4.2.1. If at the conclusion of this meeting the student chooses to appeal the Class A violation, this case will become a Class A violation with an informal Department hearing. In addition to the hearing outlined in Section 4.2.1 the Department Chair/Facilitator will conduct an informal Department hearing as outlined in Section 4.2.2.
If a purported act of dishonesty is classified as a Class A violation, the instructor in charge of the course shall proceed with the investigation, adjudication and reporting as outlined below.
The instructor shall investigate the allegations thoroughly.
The current version of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Dishonesty Report can be found online at https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/pdfs/academicdishonestyform.pdf.
The instructor shall:
|•It is important to note to students that their signature here is not an indication that they agree with the sanction just that they have been notified of the sanctions.|
|•A student deciding to waive their right to appeal should place a check mark beside Section III.6.a.|
••The instructor will forward the Academic Dishonesty Report and all supporting documents to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Office.
•A student deciding to appeal the sanctions should place a check mark beside Section III.6.b.
••The instructor will forward the Academic Dishonesty Report and all supporting documents to their Department Chair and the case proceeds as a Class A violation with an informal Department hearing, Section 4.2.2 of this document.
•Students shall be made aware that they can choose to forego the decision, as to whether to appeal or not, by leaving these sections blank. The student may take up to one week from the notification of sanctions to make a decision and notify their instructor in written format.
|••Upon the end of the week time frame, paperwork will be forwarded based on the student’s decision, as indicated in the two previous bullet points.|
|••If the student does not contact the instructor within the week, the student forfeits the right to appeal and the case is forwarded to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education by writing a brief letter summarizing the violation, the nature of the evidence, the outcome of the hearing, and all physical evidence.|
It is important to stress that all evidence shall be retained by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. Once the adjudication process has been completed the instructor and/or Department Chair shall not retain copies of any of the collected evidence or forms.
It is the understanding that the instructor of the course will follow the procedural outline as presented in Section 4.2.1. and upon the request of the student for a informal hearing of the case, all collected evidence will be turned over to the Department Chair. The Department Chair shall act as a Facilitator during the hearing or appoint another member of the Department to act in that capacity. In the instance that the Department Chair is also the instructor, the Department Chair must appoint an impartial member of the Department to facilitate the meeting.
The Department Chair/Facilitator shall carry out a prompt and thorough investigation.
|•Witnesses from within the University community are obliged to attend and may be sanctioned by the Dean’s Office if they fail to appear.|
•Witnesses against the student shall not have to appear at the same informal hearing as the accused student.
|•If no violation has been found, records of the case shall be destroyed and confidentiality maintained.|
The Department Chair/Facilitator may reaffirm the sanctions imposed by the instructor or impose other sanctions listed in Section 18.104.22.168.
If the evidence supports a finding of guilt, the Department Chair/Facilitator will
Notify the student that they have the right to appeal to the Academic Honesty Committee according to the procedure outlined in Section 5. Such appeal must be initiated in writing by the student, contacting the Department Chair/Facilitator within one week of the date on which the student was notified of the outcome.
If the evidence supports a finding of guilt, the Instructor will
|•The instructor may decline to impose sanctions, leaving the decision to the Chair or the College Committee on Academic Honesty. Following the outcome of the College Committee, subsequent adjudication by the instructor is prohibited.|
The Department Chair/Facilitator will
|•If no violation has been found, records of the case shall be destroyed and confidentiality maintained.|
•If the evidence supports a finding of guilt the Department Chair /Facilitator shall impose or reaffirm sanctions listed in Section 22.214.171.124.
The Instructor and/or Department Chair/Facilitator may decline to impose sanctions, leaving the decision to the College Committee on Academic Honesty. Following the outcome of the College Committee, subsequent adjudication by the instructor is prohibited.
|•The Department Chair/Facilitator shall fill out Section IV and V of the Academic Dishonesty Report and complete the signature section of the Report found below Section V.|
•The Department Chair/Facilitator shall write a brief letter addressed to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. This letter shall summarize the violation, the nature of the evidence, and the outcome of the hearing along with all physical evidence. All documents are to be submitted within one week of the informal hearing.
All evidence shall be retained by Dean of Undergraduate Education. Once the adjudication
process has been completed the instructor and/or Department Chair shall not retain
copies of any of the collected evidence or forms.
Delineating the responsibility of the College Committee on Academic Honesty and the Office of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs
Upon receipt of a violation, the Undergraduate Dean’s office will review the student’s file to determine if there are any previous violations noted. If the student is pursuing a degree outside the College of Arts and Sciences, the Undergraduate Dean of Arts and Sciences may contact the Dean of the respective college, at his/her discretion.
The College Committee on Academic Honesty shall be composed of six members (two from each of the divisions in the College) elected by the faculty of the College for staggered two-year terms. The Committee is charged with
The Academic Honesty Committee shall form a subcommittee, the Hearing Committee, to hear Class A violations in which the student appeals the decision of the Department Chair/Facilitator and all Class B violations
Responsibilities of the Office of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education in establishing standards, procedures for maintaining records and reporting of final decision
Within a month, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education will send written notification to the Academic Honesty Committee, the Department Chair/Facilitator, and the instructor summarizing how the case was concluded.
This notification will serve as acknowledgement that the student has been contacted
regarding the outcome of the case and that the supporting evidence has been placed in the
student’s file. In this report the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education will issue a
reminder to destroy any outstanding evidence concerning the case and to maintain
confidentiality of the case to protect the integrity of the student in accordance with the Maintenance Records Policy of Saint Louis University found at https://www.slu.edu/academics/graduate/university-wide_academic_integrity_policy_final_6-26-15.pdf