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Honor Code Appendix I.

Levels of Undergraduate Violations

(not applicable for cases involving graduate or professional students)[FN41]

Levels of Undergraduate Violations - Cheating
Level I Violations Means for Resolution Grading Consequences Sanctions
  • Plagiarism in the form of inadequate paraphrasing or direct use of another’s words, without quotation marks, with intent to deceive or intent to disregard proper scholarly procedure, affecting an insignificant portion of the work; source is cited.

  • Unauthorized collaboration on a homework assignment.

  • Faculty/Student Resolution

OR

  • Either party can opt for formal review by the Honor Council

  • Reduced grade on the work

OR

  • A failing grade or grade of zero on the work

  • The instructor or the Council can require student to re-submit the work for no additional credit, or can require the student to confer with the Writing Resource Center, or can refer the student to a time management/study skills seminar in the Office of the Dean of Students.

AND

  • The matter will be reported to Community Values & Restorative Practices so that a record may be maintained.

Level II Violations Means for Resolution Grading Consequences Sanctions
  • Plagiarism: Inadequate paraphrasing or direct use of another’s words, without quotation marks, with intent to deceive or intent to disregard proper scholarly procedure, affecting a significant portion of the work; source is cited.

  • Plagiarism: in the form of direct use of others’ words, without quotation, affecting a minor portion of the work; source is not cited.

  • Unauthorized collaboration on a lab report or paper

  • Cheating on a quiz or an examination worth 25% or less of the final course grade

  • Submitting one work for two courses without advanced permission from the current instructor

  • Providing work to another student and/or enabling another student’s dishonesty

  • Any second Level I violation

  • Faculty/Student Resolution with referral to Honor Council for determination of sanctions

OR

  • Either party can opt for a formal  review by the Honor Council 

  • Failing grade or a grade of zero on the work

      OR

  • Course grade reduction or a failing course grade 

  • Disciplinary Probation for two full semesters

AND

  • The instructor or the Council can require student to re-submit the work for no additional credit, can require the student to confer with the Writing Resource Center, or can refer the student to a time management/study skills seminar in the Dean of Students Office.

AND

  • The matter will be reported to Community Values & Restorative Practices so that a record can be maintained.

Level III Violations Means for Resolution Grading Consequences Sanctions
  • Plagiarism in the form of direct use of others’ words, without quotation, affecting a significant portion of the work; source is not cited

  • Inventing or falsely attributing the sources used in a paper or other work

  • Cheating on an examination worth more than 25% of the final course grade

  • Falsifying data or research

  • Submitting a fraudulent excuse to receive an extension on an assignment or examination

  • Bringing materials or equipment into a room where an exam is being given in contradiction of school/department or the instructor’s course policies

  • Using or viewing any materials or equipment, including a cell phone or other electronic device, during an examination without explicit instructor authorization

  • Enlisting or contracting with another to take an examination for you; taking an exam for someone else

  • Unauthorized collaboration on a take-home exam or final paper worth more than 25% of the final course grade.

  • Submitting a paper, lab report, project, thesis or other assignment as one’s own that has been significantly created by someone else, whether the work has been purchased, borrowed, found, etc.

  • Soliciting another to participate in unethical behavior

  • An additional violation after the student has had a prior Level II violation

  • All Level III violations must be referred to the Honor Council for investigation  and, if necessary, a proceeding.

  • Failing grade in the course  or a course grade reduction

  • Suspension or Permanent Dismissal

AND

  • Other appropriate educational requirements