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Biomedical Sciences Academic Integrity Policy for Biomedical Sciences Students in the School of Medicine

All students enrolled in biomedical science programs in the School of Medicine are expected to abide by and uphold the Saint Louis University Policy on Academic Integrity and Ethics.

 The policy is reprinted below, with adaptations for students in the biomedical sciences program identified in italics:

The University is a community of learning; its effectiveness requires an environment of mutual trust and integrity. As members of this community, students share with Faculty and Administrators the responsibility to maintain this environment. Academic integrity is violated by any dishonesty in submitting for evaluation assignments, tests, research, reports, etc., required to validate the student’s learning.

In a case of clear indication of such dishonesty, the faculty member or administrator has the responsibility to apply sanctions to protect the environment of integrity necessary for learning. Although not all forms of academic dishonesty can here be listed, the instances listed below should be seen as actions that not only violate the mutual trust necessary between faculty and students, but they also undermine the validity of the University's evaluation of students and take unfair advantage of fellow students.

Soliciting, receiving, or providing any unauthorized assistance in the completion of any work submitted toward academic credit is dishonest. Examples of academic dishonesty would be copying from another student, copying from a book or class notes during a closed-book exam, submitting materials authored by or editorially revised by another person but presented as the student’s own work, copying a passage or text directly form a published source without appropriately citing/recognizing that source, taking a test or doing an assignment or other academic work for another student, or securing or supplying in advance a copy of an examination without the knowledge or consent of the Instructor.

Any clear violation of academic integrity will be met with sanctions. In a case of dishonesty within a course, the Instructor may assign an appropriate grade and /or recommend further sanctions to the director of graduate programs in the biomedical sciences and/or the dean of the School of Medicine. They may, in a clearly serious instance of apparent or alleged academic dishonesty or other reasons not listed above, e.g., unauthorized solicitation or distribution of controlled substances, endangering one’s self or another person, or abusing alcohol or illicit drugs, appoint an ad hoc committee to hear, judge, render an opinion, and, if warranted, recommend sanctions. Possible sanctions may include, but not be limited to, assignment of a failing grade, termination of stipend, or dismissal from the University. The dean is responsible for the final decision and notifications of all associated parties.