The primary responsibility for the initial handling of Academic Dishonesty rests with the instructor

The primary responsibility for the initial handling of Academic Dishonesty rests with the instructor

Procedures

As a first step, the instructor will notify the student in writing that evidence of academic dishonesty has been detected. The instructor will make an effort to schedule a personal meeting or telephone conference with the student to discuss the allegation. Whether or not the student admits to academic dishonesty, if the instructor remains convinced that the alleged violation occurred, either based on evidence or personal observations, the instructor may assign a penalty, such as a verbal reprimand or lowered grade. Possible sanctions are listed in a following section titled Penalties in the Event of Academic Dishonesty. The instructor bringing the charge will document the observation of academic dishonesty and report any penalty imposed on an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report. The report form will be sent to the appropriate Department Chair.

A student who wishes to report an alleged incident of academic dishonesty may do so by reporting the incident on the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report. The report form will be sent to the appropriate instructor. Upon receiving the report, the instructor will make an effort to schedule a personal meeting or telephone conference with the student to discuss the allegation. Whether or not the student admits to academic dishonesty, if the instructor remains convinced that the alleged violation occurred, either based on evidence, the instructor may assign a penalty, such as a verbal reprimand or lowered grade. Possible sanctions are listed in a following section titled Penalties in the Event of Academic Dishonesty. The instructor bringing the charge will report any penalty imposed to the Department Chair on the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report.

If the student does not dispute the charge, the faculty member may then assign a penalty, car title pawn New York such as a verbal reprimand or lowered grade. Possible sanctions are listed in a following section titled Penalties in the Event of Academic Dishonesty. Any penalty imposed will be recorded by the faculty member on the incident form and filed (with any supporting documentation) with the appropriate Department Chair, Campus Center Academic Director, or academic Dean.

If the student disputes the allegation of academic dishonesty, he/she may request a review of the issue by the appropriate Department Chair within 10 business days following the initial meeting with the faculty member. The Department Chair may informally resolve the matter in discussion with the student and the instructor.

If the student is unsatisfied with the resolution offered by the Department Chair, the student may request a formal hearing from the appropriate Academic Dean within 15 business days of the Department Chair’s response. The Dean, or the Dean’s designee, will review the case and render a decision. That individual may also employ the assistance of a college/school appeal board.

The decision of the Dean will be considered final. Appeals to the Provost or designee can be made only on the basis that the established policy outlined here was not followed. Simply disagreeing with the decision is not grounds for further appeal. Grades and/ or degree(s) may be withheld pending the outcome of the appeal process.

Penalties in the Event of Academic Dishonesty

In the event of academic dishonesty, the following courses of action are available to Park University, based upon the severity of the violation:

  • Issue a verbal and/or written reprimand.
  • Assign a lower grade on the test/paper/project in question, with an explanation from the faculty member.
  • Assign a grade of “F” in the course.
  • Refer to the Student Code of Conduct Administrator for possible University-wide sanctions when there is a repeat offense or the single violation is especially egregious.