Faculty Senate Resolution 2003-2004-17

Academic Dishonesty Resolution



Whereas the faculty and administration of Southeastern Louisiana University agree that academic integrity must be maintained in order to evaluate a student's academic performance fairly,


Whereas the current policy in the catalog has some ambiguities or does not address completely such issues as the dean involved and the problem of repeat offenders, and


Whereas the Academic Affairs Council has drafted a revised policy on academic dishonesty (attached):


BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the Faculty Senate supports the revised academic dishonesty policy proposed by the Academic Affairs Council, with the following changes noted in bold:


1.†††††† C.††† If the student or faculty member chooses to appeal the

department head's decision, the appeal is then submitted to the dean who has administrative authority over the course. The Dean has ten (10) working days to render a decision.


1.†††††† D. †††† (2)†††† The sanction imposed was inappropriate (rather than

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† excessiveĒ as in the current policy draft).



As Discussed by Academic Affairs Council

December 1, 2003




††††††††††† The academic community relies upon a high standard of integrity in the relations among its members.To the extent that this standard is not maintained, the good of the community suffers, and injustice (sometimes serious injustice) may be done.One of the most important aspects of academic integrity concerns the just measure of each studentís academic accomplishments.These are ordinarily evaluated through written examination or submitted work.For such modes of assessment to operate fairly, it is essential that the instructor be assured that the work used to evaluate the studentís performance is genuinely the studentís own.It is also the responsibility of the student to uphold the academic integrity of the University.The use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work is unacceptable.Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgment of sources in essays and the use of a single essay or paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action.


If a faculty member suspects that a violation of academic integrity has occurred, the procedure below will be followed:


1.†† AcademicAction - Within ten (10) working days of discovering the alleged violation the faculty member will notify the student in writing of the alleged charges and the right of appeal (see current catalogue under, ďAppeal and Change of Grade.Ē)No penalty will be imposed until the student has been informed of the charge and has been given ten (10) working days to respond and present a defense. The student must be given an opportunity to personally meet with the faculty member.In the event the faculty member is not available, the Department Head of the course may serve as proxy and work with the student to resolve the issue.


A.††† Agreement between the student and the faculty member that a violation has occurred, or no response from the student, will result in the assignment of a lower grade or an F to the test or assignment, or in the case of a serious violation, a lower grade or F for the course.This will be at the discretion of the instructor.A written report of the action taken mustbe filed with the Department Head and Dean of the course involved. In addition, the Dean of the course involved will provide a copy of the report to the Dean and Department Head of the studentís major and the Office of Judicial Affairs.


B. †† If no agreement is reached between the faculty member and the student, the student may then appeal the decision to the Department Head of the course involved. The student has ten (10) working days to file such an appeal. The department head has ten (10) working days to render a decision.


C. †† If the student chooses to appeal the department headís decision, the appeal is then submitted to the dean who has administrative authority over the course.The student has ten (10) working days to file such an appeal. The dean has ten (10) working days to render a decision.



D. †† The appeals must be based on one or more of the following criteria:

(1)†††† The facts of the alleged violation were in error.

(2)†††† The sanction imposed was excessive.


E.††† If all appeals are denied, the original sanctions will be imposed and awritten report of the action(s) taken will be filed with the Office of Judicial Affairs by the dean who has administrative authority over the course. The Department Head and Dean of the studentís major also will be provided a copy of the final report. In the event that a case cannot be resolved before the final grades are due in the Records and Registration Office, the grade of ďIĒ will be assigned to the student for the course until the appropriate grade can be determined.


2.†† Judicial Sanctions - In addition to the academic actions described previously, if an act of academic dishonesty is particularly egregious or repeated, judicial sanctions may be imposed. If the faculty member, department head, or dean believes that a particular violation of academic integrity warrants disciplinary sanctions such as probation, suspension, or expulsion, the academic dean who has administrative authority over the course may file a written complaint with the Chief Judicial Officer for disposition of the matter through the procedures outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. If there have been repeated acts of academic dishonesty by the student, the dean of the studentís major or the Chief Judicial Officer may initiate judicial procedures as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.