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:
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 and 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 of this policy. They are to be handled according to the process described in Sections 4 and 5 of this policy.
Students may be alleged to have committed a Class B violation under the following circumstances:
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 of this policy 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:
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.
|•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 of this policy. 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 of this policy the department chair/facilitator will conduct an informal department hearing as outlined in Section 4.2.2 of this policy.
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.
A lowered or failing grade on the examination or assignment in question or a lowered course grade. If the course grade is lowered to an F, the student shall have the right to continue in the course without prejudice or other penalty pending the results of an appeal.
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 of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Dishonesty Report.|
••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 of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Dishonesty Report..
••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, outlined in Section 4.2.2 of this policy.
•Students shall be made aware that they can choose to forgo 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.
It is important to stress that all evidence shall be retained by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs. 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. of this policy 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 22.214.171.124 of this policy.
If the evidence supports a finding of guilt, the department chair/facilitator will:
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 Academic Honesty Committee.|
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 126.96.36.199 of this policy.
The instructor and/or department chair/facilitator may decline to impose sanctions, leaving the decision to the College Academic Honesty Committee.
|•The department chair/facilitator shall fill out Section IV and V of the College of Arts and Sciences 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 Affairs. This letter shall summarize the violation, the nature of the evidence, and the outcome of the informal departmental 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 the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs. 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 the College of Arts and Sciences may contact the dean of the respective college, at his/her discretion.
The College Academic Honesty Committee 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.
If a student has been found to have committed a violation, a copy of the notice and a summary of the case shall also be forwarded to the dean of the college and be kept in the file of the student indefinitely. Summary information about the case and its outcome may, at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, be disclosed to deter others from committing dishonesty.
Within a month, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs will send written notification to the Academic Honesty Committee, the department chair/facilitator, and the instructor summarizing how the case was concluded. If the student is not a member of the College of Arts and Sciences, notification shall be sent to the dean's office of the student's college/school.
This notification will serve as acknowledgment 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 Affairs 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.