Academic Integrity at CU – Undergraduate
A college degree prepares people to serve as professionals in society. All professions expect that their members conduct their work with integrity and character, for their work affects the whole fiber and strength of the society. As part of Concordia’s goal to prepare students to be leaders for the transformation of society, students are expected to pursue their studies with integrity and character. By choosing to attend Concordia, students agree to the following statements and practices.
The Code of Academic Integrity at Concordia University reflects the community’s values of honesty and integrity in the work of all scholars and students. Students are charged to honestly complete and present their work under the terms specified by the instructor. As a Christian community, the covenant of trust pledged among community members is honored, and the values expressed in Philippians 4:8-9 are modeled:
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Statement of Academic Integrity
As a member of the Concordia University community, I will neither engage in fraudulent or unauthorized behaviors in the presentation and completion of my work nor will I provide unauthorized assistance to others.
What does “fraudulent” mean?
“Fraudulent” work is any material submitted for evaluation that is falsely or improperly presented as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to texts, graphics, and other multi-media files appropriated from any source, including another individual, that are intentionally presented as all or part of a student’s final work without full and complete documentation.
What is “unauthorized” assistance?
“Unauthorized assistance” refers to any support students solicit in the completion of their work that has not been either explicitly specified as appropriate by the instructor, or any assistance that is understood in the class context as inappropriate. This can include, but is not limited to: use of unauthorized notes or another’s work during a proctored test; use of unauthorized notes or personal assistance in a take-home exam setting; inappropriate collaboration in preparation or completion of a project; unauthorized solicitation of professional resources for the completion of the work.
Breach of Academic Integrity: Sanctions Process
If an instructor perceives that a student has committed a breach in academic integrity, the student and instructor meet to discuss the event.
That event is resolved as follows:
- It is determined that no breach in academic integrity has been committed. (In the case of perceived plagiarism, i.e. faulty or incorrect documentation, the student may be required to re-do parts of the paper or the paper may be graded down.)
- It is determined that a breach in academic integrity has occurred.
- The student is notified in writing by the instructor that a breach has occurred, receives a “0” for the assignment, documentation (a copy of the Academic Breach Reporting Form and evidence of the fraudulent activity) of the event is provided to the student, and a copy sent to the Registrar’s office by the instructor and placed in the student’s file. In a case where the breach involves the action of a student who is no longer in the course (e.g. a student who supplies a paper to be copied by a student in the course), the instructor will notify the dean of the college in which the course is housed and the dean will contact the violating student to discuss the impact of their action and will issue a letter of warning to the student noting that a second violation will be punishable by academic probation and a third by expulsion. As before, a copy of the Academic Breach Reporting Form and evidence of the fraudulent activity will be supplied to the student and the Registrar’s office by the instructor and placed in the student’s file.
- In the case of a second breach in academic integrity in the same class, same semester, the student is notified in writing (with documentation as defined in a. above) by the instructor that a breach has occurred, dismissed from the class, and the student receives an “F” grade in the course without opportunity to withdraw. The instructor sends an Academic Breach Report and evidence is placed in the student’s file.
- When documentation (defined in 1. above) for two (2) cumulative breaches has been recorded with the Registrar’s office, the Registrar must notify the student, the student’s academic advisor, and the Chair of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee. At this time the student is placed on academic probation.
- When documentation (defined in 1. above) for three (3) cumulative breaches has been recorded with the Registrar’s office, the Registrar must notify the student, the student’s academic advisor, and the Chair of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee. The Registrar must then notify the student that they are academically dismissed from school.
An Academic Integrity Appeals Committee is to be formed each September. Members of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee include two students appointed by ASCU President, two faculty members appointed by the CLC Chair, and a Program Dean (rotating) as chair who is responsible for making sure the other members are appointed. The Provost is responsible for appointing the dean of one of the four on-campus colleges as chair of the Appeals Committee. The chair rotates under the advisement of the Provost.
Students may appeal the determination of an academic integrity violation if there is a factual error in the documentation of the violation or an error in the manner in which the violation was processed. If a student believes that the determination of a breach is in error, they have the right to appeal the decision, accordingly:
- The appeal, with appropriate documentation, must be delivered by the student to the chair of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee within 72 hours of action taken by an instructor which identifies a breach in academic integrity. Within 24 hours of receipt of the appeal, the chair of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee must notify the Registrar’s office in writing that an appeal has been tendered. At this time the Registrar’s office must send a copy of the original Academic Integrity Breach Reporting form along with documentation to the chair of the Appeals Committee. The committee must meet to consider the appeal within 10 working days of the presentation of the appeal to the chair of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee. The committee then determines whether to repeal or uphold the decision.
- If the decision is upheld, the student may appeal again to first the Provost and the President of the University. The President‘s decision is final.
- If the decision is repealed, the record for the breach is erased and the student continues work in the class with no penalty.
- In either case, the chair of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee must notify the Registrar’s office in writing of the committee’s decision.
- Records of all appeals processes must be forwarded by the current chair of the Academic Integrity Appeals Committee to the succeeding Program Dean to insure continuity of information.