Graduate Student Academic Integrity

Honesty and integrity are prerequisites to academic life and professional practice. The standards of academic conduct address meeting established academic criteria and behavioral integrity in performing the academic work of the School. Faculty are required to investigate and report any concerns regarding student violations of academic policy. Faculty concerns are submitted in writing to the appropriate school committee for review and action. The student is informed when a concern has been submitted and may respond in writing to the concern prior to committee review. Academic integrity violations are reviewed and acted upon by the school academic committees at regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Committee decisions for dismissal may be appealed to the Dean of the School. Refer to the Academic Appeals Policy & Procedure. In the case of all other sanctions, the decision of the school committee is considered final. Failure to comply with committee imposed sanctions may result in immediate dismissal without option for readmission.

Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct is a breach of honesty or integrity and standards. Examples of academic misconduct include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating: giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in any assignment.
  2. Plagiarism: the use of ideas, language or work of another without sufficient acknowledgment that the material is not one's own or submission of the work of another, whether altered or unaltered, as one's own. Students are to be guided by the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  3. Manipulation or alteration of another student's or faculty's academic work.
  4. Unauthorized use, removal, concealment or defacement of library, skills lab or faculty resources (e.g., books, equipment, files, papers, tests).
  5. Submitting the same work or portions of work for more than one class without prior written approval of faculty.
  6. Collusion: assisting another student in an act of dishonesty.
  7. Lying: conveying any untruth either verbal or written.
  8. Disregarding the well-being and needs of individuals or populations in professional practice (e.g., failure to provide safe appropriate care, breach of confidentiality, failure to follow supervisor, faculty instructions).
  9. Fraud: the act of deceit or misrepresentation (e.g. misrepresenting self, falsifying an academic document, communicating false information, forging signatures).

Sanctions imposed by school committees for academic misconduct may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Written notification of the student's act of academic misconduct and potential consequences placed on the student's file.
  2. Assigning a zero (no points) for a test, assignment or paper.
  3. Assigning a failing course grade.
  4. Placing the student on probation.
  5. Dismissal from the program.

Plagiarism
Graceland University values the level of integrity and professionalism of our students throughout their education and as they continue on in their professional careers. Therefore, it holds students to a high standard of competence and recognition where plagiarism is involved. Graceland University policy requires the reporting of all incidences of plagiarism to the School Dean & the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and outlines the following actions for each occurrence.

1st occurrence:
Written Warning place in student file.
A grade of "0" to be recorded by course faculty for the offending assignment(s) with no opportunity to remediate that paper or assignment.
The plagiarism tutorial (http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/plag/plagiarismtutorial.phps) is to be repeated and the final score submitted within 1 week of the date on this letter.

2nd occurrence:
A grade of "0" will be recorded by course faculty for the offending assignment(s) with no opportunity to remediate that paper or assignment.
Academic probation for the remainder of the current term and the next. During this time, the student must submit any referenced work to a plagiarism detection program. Revisions must be made as needed to demonstrate original work and to achieve a non-originality score of 35% or less, before submitting the assignment. Reports will be permanently filed within each eCollege course site by course faculty and/or placed in the student's file.

3rd occurrence:
Assignment of a grade of "F" for the course in which the student is enrolled at the time of the infraction.
Academic probation for the remainder of the program. During this time, the assigned faculty advisor will randomly check submitted assignments for plagiarism.

4th occurrence:
Immediate dismissal from the program without the option for readmission.