Faculty members should include a statement in their course syllabi, tests, assignment instruction sheets, or other forms of notification to the students, stressing that scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated. A suggested general statement is included below. Such policy statement should not include predetermined outcomes, such as "any cheating will result in an ‘F’ in the course." Assertions like these contradict the disciplinary process which includes a right to a hearing, an appeal, and other due process requirements. Syllabi should include examination rules such as "no one leaves the room," "no caps," "no books," "ID required." Faculty members should then follow through by confronting students who violate the policies.
Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty
Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents' Rules and Regulations, Series 50101, Section 2.2.
Since scholastic dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the university, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.
Addressing Scholastic Dishonesty
A. Faculty Responsibilities
Confronting and reporting suspected scholastic dishonesty is a shared responsibility of faculty and students, although faculty members are called upon to play a greater role in that process. Many students, however, are becoming more and more concerned about scholastic dishonesty and are reporting observed incidents.
B. Guidelines for Faculty Members and Proctors
Accusations by a faculty member that a student has engaged in scholastic dishonesty should be made in private and the investigation of the incident should be handled as privately as possible. When there is reason to believe that scholastic dishonesty has occurred, the faculty member should gather all pertinent supporting evidence (such as tests, reports, computer programs, plagiarized material, and other academic assignments) and make a note of any possible witnesses. During an examination, the faculty member may remove any unauthorized materials and/or privately ask a student suspected of cheating to move to another location; however, the student should be allowed to complete the examination.
The faculty member should meet privately with the student to discuss the suspected scholastic dishonesty and the supporting evidence. The student should be given the opportunity to respond to the allegations and to present evidence in defense but may not be forced to comment. During this meeting, the faculty member should inform the student that the matter will be referred to the Dean of Students in the event that the faculty member does not accept the student's explanation.
If the faculty member does not accept the student's explanation, the matter must be referred to the Dean. The referral should include a written summary of the charge and may include the faculty member's recommendations for disposition, if any. Relevant documents such as notes, exams, material plagiarized, and names of witnesses should also be forwarded.
The Dean is responsible for contacting the student and investigating the allegation of misconduct. If, after meeting with the student, the Dean determines that the charges are supported by the evidence, the student may choose to resolve the matter administratively by executing a waiver form in which he or she admits the facts, upon which the charge is based, waives a hearing before a Hearing Officer and authorizes the Dean to assess a penalty. If the student disputes the facts, the charges will be heard and determined by a Hearing Officer.
If a hearing is conducted, the office of the Dean prepares for and will present the evidence in support of the charges at the hearing. The Hearing Officer determines if the accused student violated the Regents’ Rules and Regulations or the rules and regulations of the component institution and, if so, assesses an appropriate penalty.
Rules and Regulations. Pending the outcome of a disciplinary action not completed at the end of a semester or summer session, the Dean should take appropriate action to withhold the student’s grades or degree pending final disposition of the disciplinary action.