|Definition:||Academic honesty policy delineates student, faculty, and administrative responsibilities in regards to academic honesty. The policy defines incidents of Academic dishonesty and the sanctions that can be applied.|
|Authority:||The Cal State San Marcos Interim Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy as expressed in Executive Order 320.|
|Scope:||The purpose of the Academic Honesty Policy shall be to define incidences of academic dishonesty and to delineate student, faculty, and administrative responsibilities.|
|Responsible Division:||Academic Affairs|
Each student shall maintain academic honesty in the conduct of his or her studies and other learning activities at CSUSM. The integrity of this academic institution, and the quality of the education provided in its degree programs, are based on the principle of academic honesty.
The maintenance of academic integrity and quality education is the responsibility of each student within this university and the California State University system. Cheating and plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus is listed in Section 41301, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, as an offense for which a student may be expelled, suspended, put on probation, or given a less severe disciplinary sanction.
A) Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the rules of Academic Honesty as outlined in the university catalog, to include fabricating information and data, cheating, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarizing.
B) Students are responsible for communicating with the professor if they do not understand how the policy applies to a particular class or assignment. Students are responsible for utilizing the library resources (e.g. the plagiarism tutorial, consulting a librarian, or referring to a style guide) on academic honesty and plagiarism to fully understand the differences between a citation, giving credit, original writing, and plagiarism.
A) Faculty must report all incidents of Student Dishonesty and the actions taken to the Office of the Dean of Students.
The reporting must include:
B) Each faculty should include a statement on Academic Honesty in their syllabi such as:
Students will be expected to adhere to standards of academic honesty and integrity, as outlined in the Student Academic Honesty Policy. All assignments must be original work, clear and error-free. All ideas/material that are borrowed from other sources must have appropriate references to the original sources. Any quoted material should give credit to the source and be punctuated accordingly.
Academic Honesty and Integrity: Students are responsible for honest completion and representation of their work. Your course catalog details the ethical standards and penalties for infractions. There will be zero tolerance for infractions. If you believe there has been an infraction by someone in the class, please bring it to the instructor’s attention. The instructor reserves the right to discipline any student for academic dishonesty, in accordance with the general rules and regulations of the university. Disciplinary action may include the lowering of grades and/or the assignment of a failing grade for an exam, assignment, or the class as a whole.
C) Faculty should keep accurate records and documents regarding the case and their own resolution and consequences for one year from the end of the term.
D) Faculty should have a discussion of academic honesty, expectations, and consequences within the first two or three class meetings in order to maintain consistency and uniformity with all classes and students.
E) Faculty are encouraged to include creative assignments that require original thought in order to reduce the incidents of student dishonesty.
F) Faculty have the ultimate responsibility and discretion when grading students who have been dishonest in class; however, faculty also have the responsibility to be fair and equitable to all students within the same class. Therefore, consequences for like offenses must be similar.
G) Grading Policy: It is suggested that each faculty member have a consistent grading policy which will be applied in all cases of academic dishonesty. For example, if an assignment where a student is caught cheating is worth more than 15% of the grade, the student may receive a “FAIL” in the class. If the assignment is worth less than 15%, then the assignment can be given a grade of “0.”
A) Administrators are responsible for knowing and understanding the rules of Academic Honesty to include fabrication, cheating, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism and to take administrative action where necessary.
B) Administrators should facilitate a discussion of Academic Honesty at student orientation to ensure that all students are aware of the Academic Honesty issues on campus and how they will be dealt with.
C) The Dean of Students shall provide a report each semester to the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate to include aggregated data for that semester which includes the number and type of cases reported and the disciplinary actions taken.
Student sanctions, imposed by the Dean of Students, for violations to the academic honesty policy can include any of the following:
Academic dishonesty is an especially serious offense. It diminishes the quality of scholarship and defrauds those who depend upon the integrity of the campus programs. Such dishonesty includes the following.
Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
Falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one's own in any academic exercise, including:
(a) the act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of another's work, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as one's own work;
(b) the act of putting one's name as an author on a group project to which no contribution was actually made; and
(c) representing another's artistic/scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, or similar works as one's own.