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Code of Student Conduct

48. Academic Honesty

Academic Life
Education is the primary reason for attending a college or university, and the academic life is central to the experience of a student at Susquehanna. As a general rule, the requirements of academic courses take precedence over all extra-curricular activities, although both are considered essential to a well-rounded educational experience. The aim for each student is a program of study appropriately challenging and demanding of his or her time, interest and attention.
Academic information and academic regulations of the university are contained in the University Catalog. Students are expected to become familiar with the contents of the Catalog and to use it as an academic guide. Replacement copies are available in the Office of Admissions.

  1. Academic Honesty: Susquehanna recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic function of the university. A violation involves cheating, plagiarism, academic negligence or dishonesty. Plagiarism results when students neglect to acknowledge in footnotes, endnotes or other forms of documentation their use of the words and ideas of others. The failure to acknowledge and properly document your use of sources and materials, even if unintentional or innocent, amounts to representing as your own the work of someone else. When the words of another are used in student work, they must be both cited in some form of documentation, such as a footnote, and placed in quotation marks.
  2. University Records: Students and organizations shall complete university records honestly. Neither shall alter nor cause to be altered any records, forms or documents used by the university, nor shall knowingly misuse such documents. Neither shall hinder nor mislead, or attempt to hinder or mislead, a university official in the performance of his or her duty by providing false or misleading information.
  3. Jurisdiction
    1. A faculty member has original jurisdiction for all first time offenses involving cheating or plagiarism on tests, quizzes, papers, exams and all class assignments.
    2. The Academic Honesty Judicial Board (AHJB) shall have appellate jurisdiction for any case in which the instructor has original jurisdiction.
    3. The AHJB shall have original jurisdiction in all repeat offenses of academic dishonesty and in all cases where suspension/expulsion is a potential sanction.
    4. When the AHJB is not in session, all cases will be adjudicated through an administrative resolution.
  4. Procedure when the instructor has original jurisdiction
    1. Prior to determining responsibility, the instructor will call the Student Life Office to check the records to determine whether the incidence is a repeat offense. If the student has a prior record of academic dishonesty, the case will be referred to the AHJB.
    2. The faculty member shall make every effort to confer with the student before assessing responsibility.
    3. The instructor will turn in a grade of “N” (no grade) for any individual whose case is unresolved at the end of the semester.
    4. If the student is found responsible for academic dishonesty, the instructor shall determine the sanction in consultation with his or her department head.
    5. The instructor shall provide written notification to the student and the Dean of Students of the sanction imposed.
    6. The student will have seven days from the date of receiving the written notice of the sanction to appeal the decision to the AHJB. Appeals can only be made on the grounds of new evidence to present, denial of a fair hearing or an unduly harsh sanction.
  5. Academic Honesty Judicial Board
    1. Membership
      1. The AHJB shall be composed of four students from the Conduct Board and three faculty members elected by the faculty.
      2. The students shall serve for a term of one year with the opportunity to serve additional terms.
      3. The faculty shall be elected for three-year terms. The initial elections shall be all three members for one-, two- and three-year terms. Subsequently, one faculty member will be elected each year for a three-year term.
      4. The Dean of Student Life shall serve as an ex officio, non-voting member and record keeper of the AHJB
    2. Procedures
      1. The respondent is entitled to a minimum of two days notice of a hearing, a statement of the charges and a fair hearing.
      2. Hearings shall be closed.
      3. The instructor filing the charges will present the case at the hearing. Witnesses may be called for additional information.
      4. The respondent will present his or her case and may call witnesses.
      5. The respondent and instructor will be notified in writing of the decision of the AHJB.
    3. Appeals of AHJB Decisions
      1. Appeals of AHJB decisions can only be made on the grounds of new evidence to present, denial of a fair hearing or unduly harsh sanction.
      2. Appeals must be made within seven days of the date of notification of the AHJB's decision.
      3. The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall serve as the appeals officer.
      4. Final appeal jurisdiction in any case rests with the President of the University.
  6. Sanction Guidelines for Academic Dishonesty

Violation   Corresponding maximum sanction
 Cheating or plagiarism on tests, quizzes, exams, papers or any class assignment  Failure in course
 Unauthorized possession of tests, examinations or papers  Expulsion
 The physical theft, duplication, unauthorized distribution or sale of tests, examinations or papers  Expulsion
 Tampering with grades or grade books/attempting to alter in any way grades assigned by instructor  Expulsion
 Other acts of academic dishonesty  Expulsion

Established by the Faculty and the Student Government Association December 1981. Last revised July 2003.

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