B. Academic Integrity
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1. Angelo State University Statement of Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is taking responsibility for one’s own class and/or course work, being individually accountable, and demonstrating intellectual honesty and ethical behavior. Academic integrity is a personal choice to abide by the standards of intellectual honesty and responsibility. Because education is a shared effort to achieve learning through the exchange of ideas, students, faculty, and staff have the collective responsibility to build mutual trust and respect. Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential for the highest level of academic achievement, which then must be measured. Academic achievement includes scholarship, teaching, and learning, all of which are shared endeavors. Grades are a device used to quantify the successful accumulation of knowledge through learning. Adhering to the standards of academic integrity ensures grades are earned honestly. Academic integrity is the foundation upon which students, faculty, and staff build their educational and professional careers.
2. Academic Dishonesty Definitions
Students must understand the principles of academic integrity and abide by them in all classes and/or course work at the University. Academic Misconduct violations are outlined in Part I, section B.1 of the Code of Student Conduct. If there are questions of interpretation of academic integrity policies or about what might constitute an academic integrity violation, students are responsible for seeking guidance from the faculty member teaching the course in question.
3. Instructor Responsibilities
Any person aware of alleged violations of academic integrity should report the allegation to the instructor of record in the course. The instructor in a course is responsible for initiating action in each case of dishonesty or plagiarism that occurs in that class. The instructor should contact the Executive Director of Student Affairs or designee to discuss the nature of the violation and the student’s record of academic integrity violations. Instructions for reporting allegations of academic dishonesty are available in the Code of Student Conduct. The instructor will notify the student of the alleged misconduct and attempt to discuss the matter with the student and receive a response from the student about the allegations. Then, the instructor may notify the student of possible academic sanctions including, but not limited to, assigning a paper or research project related to academic integrity; assigning a make-up assignment that is different than the original assignment; issuing no credit for the original assignment; reducing the grade for the assignment and/or course; issuing a failing grade on the assignment; and/or issuing a failing grade for the course. The academic penalty will not be implemented or assigned until all disciplinary procedures are complete. All academic integrity violations should be referred to the Executive Director of Student Affairs or designee as a central clearinghouse of violations. The Executive Director of Student Affairs or designee will review the case and may impose additional sanctions if warranted as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
4. Withdrawal and Assignment of Grades
- Once a student has been notified of an academic integrity allegation, the student may not drop the course until the academic integrity processes are complete. If a student drops or withdraws, the student will be reinstated to the course in question. A student should continue attending class and participating in course work until the disciplinary process is complete. If it is determined that the student was not responsible for academic integrity violations and/or the referring faculty member allows the student to withdraw from the course, the student may file a request with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval to drop the course or withdraw from the University retroactively.
- If a referring faculty member must submit a final course grade before an Academic Integrity Violation allegation is resolved, the faculty member should notify the Department Chair and the Academic Dean of the intention to assign a grade of F and/or leave the final grade blank. The involved student may be given a temporary grade of X by the Registrar’s Office, which does not affect the student’s GPA, until the academic integrity adjudication process is complete. When the academic integrity adjudication process is complete, the final grade will be assigned through the appropriate academic channels and the completion of a grade change form. All appeals related to academic integrity violations should follow the process outlined in Part I, section C.5 (Disciplinary Appeal Procedures).
5. Academic and Disciplinary Penalties
The academic and disciplinary penalties will not be implemented until the disciplinary procedure and appeal process has been exhausted. In cases in which a student is found not responsible for academic dishonesty, the student will be entitled to the grade he/she would have received in the absence of an academic integrity violation. In addition, the student will be allowed to continue in the particular course without prejudice.
6. Referrals to the Executive Director of Student Affairs
In addition to the assignment of academic sanctions by the instructor of record, a referral of the academic integrity violation should also be made to the Executive Director of Student Affairs or designee for the assignment of disciplinary sanctions. Instructions for reporting academic dishonesty violations are available in the Code of Student Conduct. A student referred to the Executive Director of Student Affairs or designee for alleged violations of academic misconduct is entitled to all substantive and procedural guarantees provided in the Code of Student Conduct. Instructors of record of the course where the alleged violation occurred and the Academic Dean of the college where the student is enrolled or of the college housing the course where the alleged violation occurred may participate in the adjudication of the violation and assignment of additional sanctions with the Executive Director of Student Affairs or designee as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.NOTE: Additional Academic Integrity information is available from the Office of Student Affairs.