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encouraging another person to assume the identity of a third party is similarly offensive to the integrity of the University as an academically and socially responsible community. Improper Collaboration Definition: Attaching one’s name to a group project without: (1) an authentic understanding of the work submitted, (2) a fair and proportional contribution to the efforts of the collaborating group, and/or (3) the ability to defend or interpret individually the work submitted.

Penalties Because circumstances will vary from one instance of academic misconduct to another, there is no prescribed penalty for each offense. As an alternative to a prescribed table of penalties, faculty members may attempt to match the severity of the penalty with the egregiousness of the misconduct. The following examples suggest a range of penalties that might fit offenses of various kinds: •

requiring a student to rewrite or redo an assignment

giving a grade of “F” on a project, test, or assignment

issuing a disciplinary warning

requiring a student to write a paper about the offense

Misrepresentation of Academic Records

giving a grade of “F” for a course

Definition: Submitting incomplete or altered transcripts, grade reports, standardized test scores, or other records that one knows to be inaccurate or incomplete.

putting a student on disciplinary probation

r equiring a student to make restitution for damaged data or equipment

Multiple Submission

c anceling a student’s campus computer privileges or access to the campus computer network

Improper Use of Computers See Computer Use Policies in Academic Information section.

Definition: Fulfilling requirements in a second/subsequent course by submitting substantially similar work from a previous course without advance permission from the second/subsequent instructor. If the same/similar work can be submitted in courses meeting concurrently, permission must be obtained in advance from each instructor. Plagiarism Definition: Appropriating or imitating the words, ideas, data, and/ or thoughts of others and using them as if they were one’s own, i.e. without appropriate attribution.

Right of Appeal on Academic Issues Students with complaints about instructors, a course, or other academic issues should first discuss the situation with the instructor. If the matter is not resolved, informal discussion with the appropriate area chairperson is the next step. If the student continues to feel aggrieved over the issue, a more formal process will be followed. The following summary outlines this process; however, students are encouraged to contact the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for additional information. 1. Discussion with instructor. 2. Discussion with the area chairperson. In the event #1 is an area chairperson, then #2 becomes a second faculty person as assigned by the Chief Academic Officer (CAO).. 3.  Written complaint to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO). This complaint must be made within 30 days of the event causing the student complaint. The decision of the CAO Chief Academic Officer (CAO) shall be given to the student in writing and a written record of the decision and its basis maintained by such Vice President. 4. A student may appeal the decision of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) by filing a written complaint to the Academic Policies Committee of the faculty. Such appeal must be made within 10 days of the written decision of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The decision of this appeal body shall be final.



Eligibility for Activities and Organizations A student officially representing the University in other activities or qualifying to hold office in student organizations must be appointed or elected by a campus organization (some of which have specific standards) or be designated or approved by a faculty member. Any registered student may participate in these activities or organizations.

Student Eligibility for Participation in Intercollegiate Athletic Competition USF is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Northern Sun Athletic Conference (NSAC) and, as a member of these organizations, must respect the eligibility requirements as minimum standards. The NCAA requires specific criteria be met by incoming freshmen to participate during their freshman year. The NCAA also has specific criteria for continued participation in subsequent years. Students interested in intercollegiate competition should contact the coach, Compliance Coordinator, Registrar, or Faculty Athletic Representative for details. All new, current, and transfer students are responsible for knowing and meeting the eligibility requirements of both the University and the governing athletic bodies before participating in intercollegiate athletic contests.

Academic Centers Tom and Cindy Lillibridge Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation To date, the generous donation provided to start the Tom and Cindy Lillibridge Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation (CELI) constitutes the largest financial gift dedicated to an academic program in the history of the University. CELI provides a vital platform from which to build and sustain programs that will contribute to personal and professional growth of students, increase opportunities for collaborative relationships with businesses and entrepreneurs, and be a vital outreach arm of the University in regard to its unique role in economic development at the local and state levels.

academic information

2015-2017 USF Academic Catalog  

2015-2017 academic catalog for the University of Sioux Falls.

2015-2017 USF Academic Catalog  

2015-2017 academic catalog for the University of Sioux Falls.