Academic Integrity — SGCS
Olivet Nazarene University seeks to support and promote qualities of academic honesty and personal integrity. Serious offenses against the University community include cheating, plagiarism, and all forms of academic dishonesty. Any learner who knowingly assists another learner in dishonest behavior is equally responsible.
Academic violations and dishonesty are defined as deception of others about one's own work or about the work of another. Examples of academic violations include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting another's work as one's own or allowing another to submit one's work as though it were his or hers.
- Failure to properly acknowledge authorities quoted, cited, or consulted in the preparation of written work (plagiarism). All work submitted by a learner must represent the learner's original work. Outside sources used as references should reveal the name and source and the extent to which the source is used.
- The use of a textbook or notes during an examination without permission of the facilitator.
- The receiving or giving of unauthorized help on assignments.
- Submitting for credit borrowed or purchased papers.
- Unauthorized multiple submissions of papers.
- Defacing or unauthorized removal of course materials or equipment from classrooms, offices, or the library.
- Dishonesty in reporting completion of reading assignments.
- Signing the roll for someone who is not present in class.
- Tampering with experimental data to obtain a "desired" result or creating results for experiments not conducted.
- Tampering with or destroying the work of others.
- Lying about academic matters.
- Falsifying college records, forms, or other documents.
- Unauthorized access of computer systems or files.
- Violating copyright of any form of media.
Learners who are guilty of academic violations can expect to be penalized. A course facilitator whose definition of cheating may differ from that stated above has the responsibility and obligation to so inform the learners, in writing, at the beginning of the course. Those facilitators who fail to do so have no basis for disciplinary action in instances of purported learner dishonesty outside of the above provisions.
The course facilitator has the authority to deal with instances of academic dishonesty within the following guidelines,
1. Courses of action may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Work may not be redone, and no credit is given for that particular assignment.
- Alternative assignments may be given for full or partial credit.
- The learner may be dismissed from the university.
2. Course facilitators must report any incident of a violation of the policy on academic integrity to the Program Director/Coordinator and the Associate Registrar - SGCS. Following two reports against a particular learner, action is initiated that may lead to dismissal of the learner form the university.
3. The learner has the right to appeal action under this policy through the regular channels as established by the grade appeals process.