Plagiarism and Cheating Procedures

This document was taken from Utah Valley Institution Policy 541, The Student Rights and Responsibilities Code

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, failure to indicate the source with quotation marks or footnotes where appropriate if any of the following are reproduced in the work submitted by a student:

  1. A phrase, written or musical.
  2. A graphic element.
  3. A proof.
  4. Specific language.
  5. An idea derived from the work, published or unpublished, of another person.

Cheating includes but is not necessarily limited to:

  1. Submission of work that is not the student's own for papers, assignments or exams.
  2. Submission or use of falsified data.
  3. Theft of or unauthorized access to an exam.
  4. Use of an alternate, stand-in or proxy during an examination.
  5. Use of unauthorized material including textbooks, notes or computer programs in the preparation of an assignment or during an examination.
  6. Supplying or communicating in any way unauthorized information to another student for the preparation of an assignment or during an examination.
  7. Collaboration in the preparation of an assignment. Unless specifically permitted or required by the instructor, collaboration will usually be viewed by the university as cheating. Each student, therefore, is responsible for understanding the policies of the department offering any course as they refer to the amount of help and collaboration permitted in preparation of assignments.
  8. Submission of the same work for credit in two courses without obtaining the permission of the instructors beforehand.

Utah Valley University Definition

Cheating is the act of using or attempting to use or providing others with unauthorized information, materials or study aids in academic work. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, passing examination answers to or taking examinations for someone else, or preparing or copying other's academic work.

Plagiarism is the act of appropriating another person's or group's ideas or work (written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof and passing them off as the product of one's own work in any academic exercise or activity.

Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include but are not limited to:

  1. Citation of information not taken from the source indicated. This may include the incorrect documentation of secondary source materials.
  2. Listing sources in a bibliography not used in the academic exercise.
  3. Submission in a paper, thesis, lab report or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, or fictitious data or evidence, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data or evidence.
  4. Submitting as your own any academic exercise, (e.g., written work, printing, sculpture, etc.) prepared totally or in part by another.

The Woodbury School of Business expects all students to maintain integrity and high standards of individual honesty in academic work, to obey the law, and to show respect for others.

If a student has cheated or plagiarized on an assignment, the faculty member has the following responsibilities:

  • Collect all relevant information about the infraction.
  • Document the situation and report it to the department chair.
  • The department chair and professor need to contact the dean assigned to address student issues with the documentation. The assigned dean then would turn all documentation over to the University Director of Judicial Affairs.
  • As a group, a decision should be made for the infraction which should include one of the following:
    1. A warning
    2. Requiring a student to retake an exam(s)
    3. Requiring a student to re-write a paper(s) and/or repeat an assignment(s)
    4. A grade reduction
    5. A failing grade
    6. Probation with specified conditions
    7. Suspension from the department, school, or institution (must be reviewed and confirmed by Vice President of Academic Affairs and President)
    8. Expulsion from the department, school, or institution (must be reviewed and confirmed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs and President)
  • The final documentation must be forwarded to the Director of Judicial Affairs.
  • It is critical to remember that all students must be treated equally according to the infraction.

Confidentiality shall be maintained for all parties to Student Rights and Responsibilities Code actions, except as necessary to provide due process. If the Campus Appeals Board finds a complaint to be without merit, records of the complaint and proceedings shall be destroyed.

The student must understand that all final actions come from the dean. If the student does not agree with the faculty member, department chair, and dean representative they can contact the Ombudsman office who will act as a mediator who will help them through the Appeals Process.

In urgent circumstances, interim suspension may be imposed as outlined below:

  1. A classroom instructor, Department Chair, or Dean may ask Campus Police to remove a student immediately from the classroom or other academic area.
  2. If a student is removed, pursuant to Section V, H, 3, an immediate report must be made to the Director of Judicial Affairs by the instructor, Chair, or Dean who instigated the removal.
  3. The Director of Judicial Affairs may impose institutional suspension prior to the completion of appeals and final imposition of sanctions.
  4. Interim suspension may be imposed only:
    1. to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the Campus Community or preservation of institutional property; or
    2. to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or
    3. if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the institution.
    4. During the interim suspension, a student shall be denied access to the campus, including classes, and all other institutional activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Director of Judicial Affairs or the Dean of Students may determine to be appropriate.
  5. The interim suspension does not replace the regular due process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule.

The student shall be notified in writing of this action and the reasons for the suspension. The notice should include the time, date, and place of a subsequent hearing at which the student may show cause why his or her continued presence on campus does not fall within the reasons above (and which they may contest).

Composition of Campus Appeals Board

If the situation warrants, a Campus Appeals Board may be called upon to decide the final action.

The Campus Appeals Board shall consist of two faculty members from each academic area appointed by the Faculty Senate in consultation with the respective academic Deans, three staff members appointed by PACE, with approval of the staff members’ supervisors, and three students appointed by the Student Body President. Appointments of faculty and staff shall be for three-year rotating terms. Three student members shall be appointed to a one-year term. The Director of Judicial Affairs shall obtain names from the appointing entities annually prior to May 1, and shall send a letter of appointment to those appointed. The Director of Judicial Affairs shall organize the initial term lengths for the rotating members of the Board to allow an orderly rotation. The Director of Judicial Affairs shall chair the Board in a non-voting capacity.

Responsibilities of Board

The Campus Appeals Board shall be trained by the Office of Judicial Affairs in due process and other Student Rights and Responsibilities Code matters. A subset of the Board shall hear appeals, as necessary, following the procedures set forth in Section V.N. In hearing appeals, the Board shall be concerned primarily with due process and fairness, recognizing that they do not have the full awareness of professional competence and context, in general. In addition to hearing appeals, the Board shall have the responsibility to train faculty and staff in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code’s (institution Policy 541, Student Rights and Responsibilities Code) expectations, procedures, and due process.

Appeals Process, Determination and Application of Sanctions

Academic Infraction Due Process Procedures

  1. Instructors shall discuss allegations of misconduct with the accused student in a confidential environment.
  2. Sanctions associated with Academic Infractions shall be reported by the instructor to the student, within ten (10) business days of the imposition of the sanction by the instructor. Except in cases where there is a significant threat of disruption or of undermining of the academic integrity of the course, instructors shall refrain from implementing irreversible sanctions (e.g. denying access to class or a final exam) until the student has exhausted all appeals.
  3. Before an appeal, the student must attempt to resolve the issue informally with the instructor.
  4. In case of an appeal, documentary evidence shall be deposited by the instructor and/or the student with the Office of Judicial Affairs. Said office shall maintain original documents in a secure location and shall make copies available to the parties and the hearing officer for the appeal. Whether or not there is documentary evidence to deposit, the instructor shall file a copy of allegations with the Office of Judicial Affairs. Said copy shall be clearly labeled “under appeal” and shall not become a part of the student’s disciplinary record until appeals are exhausted.
  5. Sanctions may be modified at any point in the appeals process if evidence warrants.
  6. If the student chooses to appeal the instructor’s decision, the appeal must be made in writing to the Department Chair within ten (10) business days of the instructor’s final decision.
  7. The Chair will render a decision in writing to the student and the instructor within ten (10) business days of receiving the student’s written appeal.
  8. If either the student or the instructor chooses to appeal the Chair’s decision, the appeal shall be made in writing to the campus Appeals Board within ten (10) business days of the Chair’s decision, or if the student and instructor agree, the appeal may be made directly to the Dean rather than the Board.
  9. The hearing body, whether it is the Board or the Dean, shall render a decision in writing to the student and the instructor, with a copy to the Chair, within ten (10) days of receiving the written appeal.
  10. If either the student of the instructor chooses to appeal a decision of the Board, the appeal shall be made in writing to the Dean within ten (10) business days of the Board’s decision. The Dean shall be responsible for determining remediation and sanctions after a finding by the Board that Academic Misbehavior occurred.
  11. The Dean shall render a decision in writing to the student and the instructor, with a copy to the Chair, and to the Board if they heard the previous appeal, within ten (10) business days of receiving the written appeal.
  12. The decision of the Dean as to findings of Academic Infraction(s), remediation, and sanctions shall be final except for review of proposed suspension by the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) and of proposed expulsion, revocation of admission or degree by the VPAA and President.
  13. Final decisions in which allegations of Academic Infraction(s) have been sustained shall be reported by the final deciding body (or by the instructor in case there are no appeals) to the Office of Judicial Affairs, with copies to the student or other parties to the appeal, within ten (10) business days of the decision.

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