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|ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY|
A Community of Honor
As a liberal arts university committed to the Christian faith, Shorter University seeks to develop ethical men and women of disciplined, creative minds and lives that focus on leadership, service and learning. The Honor System of Shorter University is designed to provide an academic community of trust in which students can enjoy the opportunity to grow both intellectually and personally. For these purposes, the following rules and guidelines will be applied.
"Academic Dishonesty" is the transfer, receipt, or use of academic information, or the attempted transfer, receipt, or use of academic information in a manner not authorized by the instructor or by university rules. It includes, but is not limited to, cheating and plagiarism as well as aiding or encouraging another to commit academic dishonesty.
"Cheating" is defined as wrongfully giving, taking, or presenting any information or material borrowed from another source -including the Internet by a student with the intent of aiding himself or another on academic work. This includes, but is not limited to a test, examination, presentation, experiment or any written assignment, which is considered in any way in the determination of the final grade.
"Plagiarism" is the taking or attempted taking of an idea, a writing, a graphic, musical composition,
art or datum of another without giving proper credit and presenting or attempting to present it as one's
own. It is also taking written materials of one's own that have been used for a previous course
assignment and using it without reference to it in its original form.
A. It is the responsibility of an instructor to certify that academic assignments are independently mastered sufficiently to merit course credit. The responsibility of the student is to master academic assignments independently, refrain from acts of academic dishonesty, and refuse to aid or tolerate the academic dishonesty of others.
B. If an instructor determines that the student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the instructor
must discuss the matter with the student. In the event the instructor cannot reach the student
in a timely manner, such as when the student has gone home at the end of a semester, the
instructor may assign a grade of "I" (Incomplete) until the student can be contacted and the
matter of academic dishonesty discussed. The instructor then completes the "Academic
C. Upon completion, the instructor forwards the Academic Violation Form to the Registrar's for the placement in the student's permanent record. The Registrar will forward copies of the Academic Violation Form to the student, the faculty member, department chair, academic dean, dean of students, provost, and president. Not appealing when the form is first completed or by the appeal due date will be taken as an admission of guilt, except under compelling circumstances to be determined at the sole discretion of the provost.
D. If upon receipt of the Academic Violation Form the Registrar determines that the student is
guilty of a second offense, then a grade of FD (Failure Due to Academic Dishonesty) will be
assigned by the Registrar for the course regardless of the remedy specified on the Academic
Violation Form. Assigning the FD is to be done by the Registrar when the second Academic
Violation Form is placed in the student's record, and the Registrar will notify all parties in
A. The student who wishes to appeal an academic violation charge should submit his/her appeal
in writing to the chair of the appropriate department by the appeal due date indicated on the
Academic Violation Form, which is normally within ten regularly scheduled class days after
the completion date of the Academic Violation Form. This statement should contain the
reasons for which the student is appealing the instructor's decision. The burden of proof lies
B. When, in the opinion of the department chair, the student fails to show reasonable cause for
further investigation, the chair may deny the appeal without taking further action. When, in
the opinion of the department chair, a student's appeal raises reasonable doubt as to whether
a mistake or malfeasance has occurred, the chair will meet with the faculty member and with
the student and render a decision within ten regularly scheduled class days of the receipt of
C. If the student files the initial appeal or elects to appeal the chair's decision during May-mester, Summer I, Summer II or during final exam week of the Fall or Spring semesters and if the instructor or department chair is not available during that time, all of the foregoing time requirements begin to run with the first day of class in the next major term. In extreme or unusual circumstances regarding the timeliness of the appeals process, the provost will make the final determination.
D. Any student who has exhausted the remedies open under the procedures outlined above may
appeal the entire matter to the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee in writing within ten
regularly scheduled class days of receiving the response from the department chair. Upon
receipt of the appeal, the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee will review the matter and
issue a decision within fifteen (15) regularly scheduled class days. The Academic Integrity
E. All results from the proceedings of the Academic Dishonesty Appeals Committee should be reported to the appropriate academic dean, dean of students, provost, and president as information.
NOTE: During the appeals process, the student may continue to attend the class in which the
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