Academic Standards and Regulations
Misrepresentation The substitution of another student/individual during the taking of a quiz/examination or for the completion of a course.
Unauthorized collaboration The sharing of quiz/exam questions or answers with another student without the instructor’s permission. The copying of another student’s homework without the instructor’s permission. Group collaboration on individual assignments without the instructor’s permission.
Alteration or fabrication of data The submission of data not obtained by the student during the course of research. The deceitful alteration of data obtained by the student during the course of research.
Duplication The submission of the same or similar paper in more than one course without the express permission of the instructor.
Participation in or facilitation of dishonest academic activities • The stealing of quizzes/examinations • The alteration of academic records, including grades • The sabotaging of the work of another student • The distribution of materials for the purpose of cheating • The alteration, forging, or misuse of university-related documents • The intentional reporting of a false violation of academic integrity • The offer of a bribe to any university member in exchange for special consideration or favors • The misuse of university resources, including library resources (print and electronic) and facilities, computer labs, university equipment and networks, etc.
Responsibilities under the Honor Code All members of the university community have responsibilities under the Honor Code. 1. Students are expected to acquaint themselves with the university’s policy on academic integrity; familiarize themselves with the syllabi of individual courses, which may contain more speciﬁc guidelines for citing material, working in groups, etc.; seek clariﬁcation from instructors on any aspect of a course or the Code about which they have questions or confusion; and should and are expected to encourage their peers to follow the Code. 2. Faculty should familiarize themselves with the university’s policy on academic integrity; make clear
in their syllabi the university’s stance on academic integrity; discuss in their classes their own expectations regarding academic integrity as it applies to speciﬁc features of courses; incorporate into their course assignments and/or courses conditions that minimize the chance for violation of the Code; make clear to students in their courses the distinction between group and individual assignments, the method of citation required, and other policies relevant to helping students maintain academic integrity; be willing to clarify misperceptions or confusion, should students have questions about what constitutes academic dishonesty; and are expected to investigate and report any violation of the Code that comes to their attention. 3. Administrators should endorse the Code actively by incorporating awareness of it in orientation meetings, promotional literature, educational programs, etc. and support faculty and students who attempt to carry out the provisions of the Code. It is a student’s responsibility to seek clariﬁcation from an instructor if the student has questions about what constitutes cheating. The instructor, who has the full authority to assign an “F” grade for that assignment or course after a discussion of the incident with the student, will handle initial violations of academic honesty. A report of the incident and its disposition will be sent to the dean of the School that offers the course. The dean will review the incident and forward it for placement in the student’s personal ﬁle. A student dissatisﬁed with the instructor’s decision may request a meeting with the dean. The dean will investigate the incident and make a decision within ﬁve days of the student’s appeal. If there is new information not considered by the dean, the student may make a ﬁnal appeal to the Vice president of Academic Affairs, who will make a ﬁnal decision regarding the incident within 10 days of the appeal. Upon placement of notiﬁcation in the student ﬁle, the student will be referred to the director of The Learning Center, who will determine whether an educational component would be advisable to prevent further violations by the student. A notation will be placed in the student ﬁle regarding the outcome of the meeting. Any additional violations of the Academic Honesty Policy reported to a dean will be forwarded to the Vice president of Academic Affairs for action. A second offense will normally result in suspension from the university for at least one term or semester.
Copyright Policy Southern New Hampshire University abides by the provisions of the United States Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). Any person who infringes the copyright law is liable. The Copyright Policies can be secured from the Library Dean and are accessible (under Guides/Tutorials) on the Shapiro Library Web pages. 91
Southern New Hampshire University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog