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Student Code of Conduct - Academic Integrity

Student Code of Conduct

X. Academic Integrity

The following information is excerpted from the official OSU Policy: Academic Integrity, #2-0822. The complete policy and procedure is available at http://academicintegrity.okstate.edu. An institution’s reputation and intellectual freedom depend on its uncompromising commitment to the ideal of academic integrity. OSU is committed to instilling and upholding integrity as a core value. OSU is dedicated to maintaining an honest academic environment and ensuring fair resolution of alleged violations of  academic integrity. The following statement summarizes OSU's Commitment to Academic Integrity:

I will respect OSU's commitment to academic integrity and uphold the values of honesty and responsibility that preserve our academic community. Students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity through the following actions:

  • understand and uphold the academic integrity guidelines established by the University and the instructor.
  • present their own work for evaluation by their instructors.
  • appropriately cite the words and ideas of others.
  • protect their work from misuse.
  • accept responsibility for their own actions.
  • treat instructors and members of the Academic Integrity Panel with respect when violations of academic integrity are examined or appealed.
  • trust instructors and members of the Academic Integrity Panel to enforce the academic integrity policy and procedures.

Students are urged to sign the OSU Commitment to Academic Integrity statement and inform students or notify instructors when they observe violations of academic integrity. Instructors are expected to demonstrate academic integrity through the following actions:

  • understand and uphold the academic integrity policy and procedures. Instructors have the authority to set reasonable standards in their classes within the guidelines provided.
  • clearly discuss and communicate information about academic integrity to students.
  • reduce opportunities for dishonesty through vigilant exam security and proctoring, and give clear instructions for homework and projects.
  • fairly and consistently evaluate students and award credit based on professionally judged academic performance established by the instructor.
  • trust students to follow the academic integrity policy until the instructor has sufficient information to substantiate a violation, then confront students with information about the alleged violation, follow the procedures and report violations.
  • be fair in the evaluation of information that may indicate a student has violated academic integrity.
  • assure that teaching assistants or adjunct instructors who work under their direction understand and uphold academic integrity policy and procedures.
  • treat students and members of the Academic Integrity Panel with respect when violations of academic integrity are examined or appealed.
  • trust members of the Academic Integrity Panel to enforce the academic integrity policy and procedures when violations are appealed.

Instructors are urged to use the OSU Commitment to Academic Integrity statement in course syllabi or examinations.

A. Violations of Academic Integrity

Behaviors that violate the fundamental values of academic integrity may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Unauthorized Collaboration: Completing an assignment or examination with other students, turning in work that is identical or very similar to others' work, or receiving help on assignments without permission of the instructor. This may also include excessively relying upon and borrowing the ideas and work of others in a group effort.
  2. Plagiarism: Presenting the written, published or creative work of another as the student's own work. Whenever the student uses wording, arguments, data, design, etc., belonging to someone else in a paper, report, oral presentation, or other assignment, the student must make this fact explicitly clear by correctly citing the appropriate references or sources. The student must fully indicate the extent to which any part or parts of the project are attributed to others. The student must also provide citations for paraphrased materials. The following are examples of plagiarism: copying another student's assignment, computer program or examination with or without permission from the author; copying another student's computer program and changing only minor items such as logic, variable names, or labels; copying or paraphrasing material from an Internet or written source without proper citation; copying words and then changing them a little, even if the student gives the source; verbatim copying without using quotation marks, even if the source is cited; and expressing in the student's own words someone else's ideas without giving proper credit.
  3. Multiple Submissions: Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit to more than one class (or to the same class if the student repeats a course) without permission of the instructors.
  4. Cheating on Examinations: Gathering unauthorized information before or during an examination from others, using notes or other unapproved aids during an examination, failing to observe the rules governing the conduct of examinations (for example, continuing to work on an examination after time is called at the end of an examination), or having another student to take an examination for the student.
  5. Fabricating Information: Making up references for a bibliography, falsifying laboratory or research data for example, tampering with experimental data to obtain "desired" results or creating results for experiments that were not done), or using a false excuse for an absence or an extension on a due date.
  6. Helping Another Person Cheat: Providing information about an examination to another student (for example, sending an electronic message with answers during an examination), giving unauthorized help on assignments, or failing to prevent misuse of work by others (for example, allowing another student to copy an examination, assignment, or computer program). A student must take reasonable care that examination answers are not seen by others or that term papers or projects are not plagiarized or otherwise misused by others. This category also includes taking an examination on behalf of another student.
  7. Unauthorized Advance Access to Examinations: Obtaining an advance copy of an examination without the instructor's permission or getting questions and answers from someone who took the examination earlier.
  8. Altering or Destroying the Work of Others: Changing or damaging computer files, papers or other academic products that belong to others.
  9. Fraudulently Altering Academic Records: Altering graded papers, computer materials/records, course withdrawal slips or academic documents. This includes forging an instructor or adviser signature and altering transcripts.

    These behaviors may subject the student to disciplinary action including receiving a failing grade on assignment, examination or course, receiving a notation of a violation of academic integrity on the transcript, and suspension from the University. Serious violations discovered after a student graduates may lead to revocation of a degree (degree revocation procedures are available on-line).
B. Procedures for Alleged Violations of Academic Integrity
  1. The instructor (e.g., instructor of record, teaching assistant, member of a graduate student committee, professional education program, or veterinary house officer) discovers sufficient information to substantiate an alleged violation of academic integrity. The information should support a determination that it is “more likely than not” that a violation of academic integrity occurred.
  2. Within seven school days of the discovery date, the instructor prepares an Academic Integrity Inquiry Notification Form (including a list of possible Academic Integrity Facilitators) and gives or mails the form to the student. The discovery date is defined as the date when the instructor obtains sufficient information to determine if it is “more likely than not” that a violation occurred; the instructor may take a reasonable amount of time to gather additional information before a determination can be made. An Academic Integrity Facilitator is an instructor, adviser or academic administrator who is trained in academic integrity policy and procedures.
    Once an instructor has identified an alleged violation of academic integrity, the student may not drop the course. Students who drop the course will be re-enrolled by the Registrar. In the event an incident is not resolved at the time grade reports are due to the Registrar (e.g., an alleged violation is discovered during the final examination period), an incomplete grade should be assigned until the allegation is resolved.
  3. The student contacts the instructor within five (5) school days of receiving the memo to schedule a meeting.
  4. The student, instructor and Academic Integrity Facilitator meet to discuss the alleged violation and sign the Academic Integrity Resolution Form. The following actions may result from this meeting:
    1. The instructor and student agree that no violation of academic integrity occurred.
    2. The student admits responsibility for a violation and accepts the instructor’s sanction.
    3. The student admits responsibility but does not agree with the sanction. The instructor assigns a sanction.
    4. The student denies responsibility for the alleged violation and does not agree with the sanction. The instructor assigns a sanction.
    5. The student fails to appear for the resolution meeting. The instructor and facilitator discuss the alleged violation, the instructor assigns a sanction and they sign the Academic Integrity Resolution Form. A copy of the form is mailed to the student, the instructor retains a copy, and a copy is sent to Office of Academic Affairs.
      The assigned sanction becomes final if the student does not submit an appeal form to the Academic Integrity panel by the five (5) day deadline.
  5. The instructor awards an academic sanction for alleged violations of academic integrity. The following sanctions are recommended based on the seriousness of the violation:
    1. Level one sanction: grade of "zero" or "F" for the assignment or examination for violations including but not limited to the following:
      • Copying or paraphrasing a few sentences of material (1-5 sentences or a minor portion) from a written or internet source without proper citation.
      • Cheating on a quiz or minor assignment.
      • Receiving unauthorized help on an assignment.
      • Working on an assignment with others when the instructor asked for individual work.
      • Turning in work that is identical or very similar to others' work.
      • Excessively relying upon and using the ideas and work of others in a group effort.
      • Using a false excuse to obtain an extension on a due date.
      • Signing an attendance roster for someone who is absent or asking someone else to sign the roster to avoid being counted absent.
      • Failing to observe the rules governing the conduct of examinations (for example, continuing to work on an examination after time is called at the end of an examination).
    2. Level two sanction: grade of "F!" for the course for violations including but not limited to the following:
      • Turning in a paper copied from another student.
      • Turning in a paper obtained in full or in part from a term paper “mill” or website.
      • Copying material almost word for word from a written source and turning it in as one’s   own work.
      • Fabricating or falsifying a bibliography.
      • Getting questions or answers from someone who has taken an examination.
      • Obtaining an unauthorized copy of an examination in advance.
      • Using unauthorized notes during an examination.
      • Having another student take an examination.
      • Inappropriate use of technology (camera phones, text messaging, programmable calculator, etc.) during an examination.
      • Turning in a paper copied from another student.
      • Turning in a paper obtained in full or in part from a term paper “mill” or website.
      • Copying material almost word for word from a written source and turning it in as one’s own work.
      • Fabricating or falsifying a bibliography.
      • Getting questions or answers from someone who has taken an examination.
      • Obtaining an unauthorized copy of an examination in advance.
      • Using unauthorized notes during an examination.
      • Having another student take an examination.
      • Inappropriate use of technology (camera phones, text messaging, programmable calculator, etc.) during an examination.
      • Copying from another student during an examination with or without his/her knowledge.
      • Helping someone else cheat on an examination.
      • Stealing an examination or problem answer from the instructor.
      • Having unauthorized access to solutions and/or instructors or solutions manual for a course.
      • Altering a grade or scoring on an examination or paper to obtain unearned credit.
      • In a course requiring computer work, copying another student’s program rather than writing one’s own.
      • Fabricating or falsifying laboratory or research data.
      • Inappropriately sharing or using work on an online assignment or examination.
      • Turning in work done by someone else.
      • Submitting substantial portions of the same assignment to more than one class without permission of the instructors
      • Altering course withdrawal slips and similar academic documents. This includes forging an instructor or adviser signature.
      • Helping someone else cheat on an examination.
      • Stealing an examination or problem answer from the instructor.
      • Altering a grade or scoring on an examination or paper to obtain unearned credit.
      • In a course requiring computer work, copying another student’s program rather than writing one’s own.
      • Fabricating or falsifying laboratory or research data.
      • Inappropriately sharing or using work on an online assignment or examination.
      • Turning in work done by someone else.
      • Submitting substantial portions of the same assignment to more than one class without permission of the instructors.

        For level two sanctions the transcript will indicate that a grade of “F!” signifies that the student failed the course because of an alleged violation of academic integrity.
    3. Level three sanction: recommend dismissal from the graduate, professional education, or Veterinary Medicine program and suspension from the university for the following types of violations:
      • Plagiarism or other violations of academic integrity in a thesis or dissertation proposal, qualifying examination, comprehensive examination, thesis or dissertation, report for a creative component, thesis or dissertation defense, or professional education portfolio.
      • Fabrication or falsification of research or laboratory data used in a creative component, report, thesis or dissertation.
      • Violations listed under level two sanctions, committed by veterinary medicine students.
        In addition, suspension from the university may be recommended for fraudulently altering academic records such as transcripts or applications for admission. Instructors should assign level one or two sanctions for alleged violations of academic integrity.

      The recommended levels of sanction should be used by the instructor unless they provide a specific written policy during the first week of class (e.g., an instructor may assign an F! for receiving unauthorized help on an assignment if they provide a written statement during the first week of class).

  6. The instructor or Academic Integrity Panel may permit a student to drop a course with a grade of “W” if the allegation is dismissed or if the student admits responsibility for a level one sanction, however, the student must meet the deadlines for dropping a course or withdrawing from the University. A student may not drop a course in which the “F!” grade was assigned.
  7. Certain violations (e.g., theft of an examination) may also violate the Student Code of Conduct.
  8. Students may remove the first “!” from their transcript by completing an academic integrity education program. The “!” will remain on the transcript for a minimum of one semester.
  9. In rare circumstances, the Academic Integrity Panel may consider a different sanction if the two violations occurred at about the same time; however, students who have three reported violations will be suspended.
  10. If clear and convincing evidence of a serious violation of academic integrity is discovered (including but not limited to the violations listed under level three above) after a student graduates, revocation of a degree may be recommended by following the degree revocation procedures (available at academicintegrity.okstate.edu).
  11. Students who received one “F!” and violate academic integrity a second time will be suspended from the university. This penalty will be assessed if the first “!” was or was not removed, or if the second incident was a level one or level two violation. In such cases, the Academic Integrity Panel will meet with the student and instructor to determine if the student is responsible for violating academic integrity. If the Academic Integrity Panel finds that the student committed the alleged act, the student will be suspended from the university for no less than one regular (fall or spring) semester.
C. Procedures For Appeals of Alleged Academic Integrity Violations
  1. The student will use the following procedures in filing an appeal:
    1. Obtain and complete an appeal form that is available from the Office of Academic Affairs, 101 Whitehurst. The student should submit documentation to support his or her appeal.
    2. Submit the appeal form to the Assistant of the Academic Integrity Panel within five (5) school days after the Academic Integrity Resolution Form was signed. The Assistant, who can be contacted in the Office of Academic Affairs, gives the student notice of receipt of the appeal, notifies the instructor of the course, and assigns a consulting member of the Academic Integrity Panel to assist the instructor and student in under standing the appeals process, assembling the supporting documents, and transmitting the case to the Academic Integrity Panel.
  2. The instructor submits sufficient information to substantiate the alleged violation of academic integrity and the sanction.
  3. The student and instructor have the right to appear in a hearing before an Academic Integrity hearing panel. Students have the following rights during the hearing:
    1. Written notification of the time and place of the hearing of the appeal. This notice will be mailed to the student’s local address (as listed in the Student Information System).
    2. .A copy of the Academic Integrity Violation and Resolution forms.
    3. The right to appear in person and present his/her case. Either party may elect not to appear; in this instance, the hearing shall be held in his/her absence. Failure to appear must be noted without prejudice.
    4. The right to meet with the hearing panel at the same time, so no further allegations can be made against the student without the student’s knowledge or against the instructor without the instructor’s knowledge.
    5. The right to be accompanied by one adviser (colleague or friend); however, the adviser may not address the hearing panel.
    6. The right to call witnesses to assist in establishing facts of the case.
    7. The right to ask questions.
    8. The right to an explanation of the reasons for any decision rendered.
    9. The right to be free from retaliation by the instructor.
    10. The assurance that all personally identifiable information about alleged violations of academic integrity will be confidential under provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and will not be disclosed except as permitted by the Act or with written permission of the student.
  4. The Academic Integrity Panel determines if A) the student committed an act that violates academic integrity and B) the sanction is appropriate. The Panel will make one of the following decisions:
    1. The student is found not responsible for a violation of academic integrity. The instructor shall remove the sanction and assign an appropriate grade. The instructor or Academic Integrity Panel may permit a student to drop a course with a grade of “W.”
    2. The student is found responsible for a violation and the sanction is appropriate.
    3. The student is found responsible for a violation but the sanction is not appropriate. The panel may increase or decrease the sanction.
  5. The following guidelines have been developed for the Academic Integrity Panel to use when examining an alleged academic integrity violation:
    1. The Panel will review the course syllabus statements about academic integrity.
    2. If the instructor used an academic integrity sanction that is different from the sanctions specified in university policy, the Panel will consider if the instructor clearly informed students about the sanction.
    3. The Panel will determine if the instructor clearly communicated the parameters of the assignment to the students.
    4. If more than one student was involved in the alleged violation, the Panel will consider if the students were sanctioned fairly or if one student was singled out for arbitrary or discriminatory treatment.
    5. If the student has more than one alleged violation, the Panel will consider when the violations occurred.
    6. The Panel will not consider issues related to the quality of instruction or the academic soundness of the instructor’s teaching methods.
  6. The student or instructor may submit a written request for a decision (final) appeal before the Academic Integrity Appeals Panel. The student or instructor must submit an appeal within seven school days after the letter from the Academic Integrity Panel is mailed if the academic integrity procedure was not followed. If new information becomes available after the hearing that could substantially affect the outcome, the student or instructor may submit an appeal within one (1) year. The Chair of the Appeals Panel will determine if the decision (final) appeal will be considered. Refer to the Academic Integrity policy and procedures for details on the decision (final) appeal.
  7. The decision of the Appeals Panel is final except when revocation of a degree is recommended by the academic Integrity Panel. Degree revocation requires approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, President, A&M Board of Regents and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  8. The decision of the Appeals Panel is final except when revocation of a degree is recommended by the Academic Integrity Panel. Degree revocation requires approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, President, A&M Board of Regents and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
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