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Student Conduct Program – Code of Conduct – Section 7

Boise State University
Student Code of Conduct

Section 7
Procedures for Academic Misconduct

A.  General Information Regarding Academic Misconduct
Boise State promotes Academic Excellence as a core Shared Value upholding the virtue of honesty in the pursuit of knowledge as a hallmark of an institution of higher education. Engaging in behavior with integrity and honesty is a hallmark of a graduate of Boise State University. The ultimate recognition for the scholarly work completed by a student is the conferring of a degree, which represents the University’s indication that the recipient has engaged in academic work that is representative of her/his own efforts and that was completed with integrity and honesty.

  1. When a student places her/his name on an assignment, the student is indicating that the work submitted is original unless otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgements. Academic misconduct is a serious offense at Boise State because it undermines the bonds of trust and honesty between members of the university community and defrauds those who may eventually depend upon our knowledge and integrity. Promoting and protecting academic integrity at Boise State University is the responsibility of every member of the campus community.
  2. Faculty responsible for instruction are charged and empowered with determining the class content and how it is delivered. They are responsible for maintaining appropriate academic standards and evaluating whether students comply with university and course standards as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, in the course syllabus, and in written and verbal directions for assignments.
  3. It is therefore appropriate in those instances where a faculty member believes that a student has committed some form of academic misconduct in that course that the faculty member determines responsibility and apply an appropriate sanction for the course, up to failure in that course. Equally, department chairs and college deans are responsible for maintaining appropriate academic standards and evaluating whether students comply with university and academic program standards as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and in academic program criteria. It is therefore appropriate in those instances when a student has been found responsible for academic dishonesty that the department chair and/or college dean may impose additional action (which is not subject to appeal) of removal from an academic program.

Definition of Academic Misconduct
Academic Misconduct is behavior and actions by a student that have the effect or intention of interfering with the education, pursuit of knowledge, or fair evaluation of a student’s performance. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, unauthorized multiple assignment submissions, misrepresentation of academic records, and unauthorized collaboration.  As a result, acts of academic misconduct are prohibited at Boise State University.

Students who have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any of the below identified actions may be found in violation of Academic Misconduct.  Examples of behavior that may be Academic Misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cheating
    Cheating constitutes behavior that uses or attempts to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise that would result in an unfair advantage over fellow students in an  academic exercise. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Unauthorized copying of class assignments—such as examinations—before, during, or after the assignment, either for your own use or for the use of others;
    2. Depending on or providing the aid of sources not authorized by the faculty member in preparing for exams, writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
    3. Acquiring, without permission, any assignment or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff;
    4. Creating, keeping, or using unauthorized collections of assignments;
    5. Having someone else complete a class assignment or attend class in your place;
    6. Completing a class assignment for someone else;
    7. Assisting others in acts of academic misconduct through the facilitation of behavior which would violate the Student Code of Conduct for academic misconduct.
  2. Plagiarism
    Plagiarism includes the using of ideas, data, or language of another as one’s own without specific or proper acknowledgment or citation. Lack of knowledge of proper citation is not a valid excuse for plagiarism as it is the responsibility of the author writing the material to know the proper methods for appropriate citation and/or seek guidance/help when using another’s work.
    Plagiarism can be committed in any type of assignment and includes, but is not limited to, the following behavior that also does not include the full, clear, and proper acknowledgement of the original source:
    1. The copying of another person’s work, published or unpublished;
    2. The paraphrase of another person’s work, published or unpublished;
    3. Using another person’s ideas, arguments, and/or thesis from a published or unpublished work;
    4. Using another person’s research from a published or unpublished work;
    5. Using materials prepared by a person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
    6. Plagiarism also includes using copyrighted material without obtaining permission.  See University Policy #1090 for more information.
  3. Fabrication
    Fabrication includes the unauthorized falsification, invention of information, or the submitting of contrived or altered information in an academic exercise. Examples of fabrication include, but are not limited to:
    1. Making up data for an experiment;
    2. Citing nonexistent articles;
    3. Creating false journal entries;
    4. Contriving sources.
  4. Multiple Submissions
    Multiple submission violations include submitting, without prior permission from the course instructor, any work previously submitted to fulfill another academic requirement. Students who turn in substantial portions of the same academic work to more than one course without prior permission of the faculty will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct for multiple submissions.
  5. Misrepresentation of academic records
    Academic misconduct for misrepresentation of academic records includes falsifying, tampering or attempting to tamper with any portion of a student’s transcripts or academic record, either before or after coming to Boise State University.
  6. Unauthorized Collaboration/Collusion
    Students should complete all academic coursework and assignments on their own, unless otherwise instructed or granted permission by the instructor. Working with others on an assignment unless it has been explicitly permitted by the faculty member is not allowed.
  7. Research Misconduct
    Research misconduct, which includes but is not limited to, sabotage of another’s experiment or research and/or fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. See University Policy 5060 Misconduct in Research.

C.  Procedures for Breach of Academic Misconduct

  1. When academic misconduct has been alleged, the following procedures will be used:
    1. The faculty member will document the incident of academic dishonesty;
    2. The faculty member will notify the student of his/her belief that the student has committed academic misconduct and will provide the student with an opportunity to respond to the allegation before making a final decision.
      1. Students will meet with faculty in person to discuss the allegation before a final decision is rendered.
      2. If the instructor is unable to meet with the student or if the student disputes the allegation(s) and/or the outcomes proposed by the instructor, the instructor shall email the student to allow for a response regarding the allegation before making a determination as to whether the student did or did not violate the course policy pertaining to academic integrity.
      3. Both the student and/or the faculty can have a person (advisor) attend the meeting if they so choose. The role of the advisor, however, is to provide support and thus should not directly engage in the discussion occurring between the student and the faculty member. An exception for this may include the Department Chair who, if choosing to participate in the discussion, has a responsibility for the broader academic environment of the department.
    3. The faculty member, after hearing the students’ response and after consultation with the department chair, will notify the student via email to the student’s Boise State account of:
      1. A finding of academic misconduct has been determined, citing the reasons for the decision; and
      2. The sanction imposed for the offense. Sanctions must be in keeping with the published course policies.
      3. The right to request a review of the decision through the Office of the Dean of Students. Student appeals must be filed within ten (10) days of the date printed on the decision letter.
    4. The faculty member will notify the Office of the Dean of Students by providing a copy of the decision letter and attaching all relevant documents.
  2. If an accusation of academic misconduct is alleged by any individual other than the course instructor, the complaint will be referred to the course faculty for which the behavior occurred for review and action to be taken. In some cases, egregious acts of academic misconduct may be automatically referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for a formal hearing with a Conduct Board. When making a determination on a violation of the Student Code of Conduct for Academic Misconduct, faculty can make a determination that 1 of 2 violations have occurred (but not both).
    1. Faculty, when determining what sanction to apply, may take into consideration whether it is believed the student has engaged in academic negligence or a more intentional act of academic dishonesty. Academic negligence includes, but is not limited to, the act of a student who, through ignorance, carelessness, or mistaken academic work, engages in behavior that, upon initial review, appears to be a deliberate act of academic misconduct but ultimately is found not to be intentional in the act. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, determining a student intentionally acted in a way to gain an unfair advantage over other students. It is the role of the faculty member to determine the severity of the behavior and determine the appropriate sanction. Boise State considers both academic negligence and academic dishonesty to be acts of Academic Misconduct and are violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
    2. In general, acts of academic negligence should result in no more than a than zero for an assignment/test. For behavior believed to be acts of academic dishonesty, faculty is encouraged to sanction an “F” for the course. Multiple reports for academic misconduct (either academic negligence or academic dishonesty) may result in a formal sanctioning hearing where the outcome may result in suspension and/or expulsion for the student.

D. Right of Review
Students requesting a review of a faculty member’s decision must file the appeal within ten (10) days of the date printed on the decision letter. The appellate board will review the original decision and whether or not the student violated the academic integrity policy and/or whether the sanctions provided by the instructor are in accordance with the instructors published policies. The procedures for appeals follow the process outlined in Section 8 Appeals.

  1. The board is authorized to review academic integrity violations and to provide an applicable solution when:
    1. The student is not responsible for violating academic integrity policies; or
    2. The outcome imposed by the instructor violates the instructors published policies.
  2. Applicable remedies are withdrawing the student from the course, requesting the department chair or another suitable faculty member evaluate the case, and changing the assigned grade.
  3. Faculty, departments and colleges have a legitimate interest in the outcome of cases and will be notified before cases are reviewed, as well upon resolution.

E. Education
If the reported violation is the student’s first offense, the Office of the Dean of Students will require attendance at an academic integrity workshop in addition to the sanctions issued by the faculty member.  Non-compliance with Office of the Dean of Students educational workshop will result in a hold being placed on the student’s record.

F. Academic Sanctioning Hearing
When a student has been found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct for more than one act of academic misconduct, she/he may then be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for a sanctioning hearing. At the sanctioning hearing, the student will address the Conduct Board and review the multiple cases on record. The Board, after hearing from the student, may then choose to impose additional sanctions beyond what the instructor(s) for the course(s) have already imposed. Sanctions may range from a “warning” up to “suspension/expulsion” from Boise State University.

Hearing procedures will be different from other formal hearings in that the student has already been found in violation of the Code by a hearing officer (i.e.—the faculty member). The Board’s role is not to determine responsibility in those cases, as that has already occurred. The Board’s role is restricted to reviewing the totality of the student’s behavior and imposing appropriate additional sanctions (if any). Any additional sanctions imposed will be eligible for appeal, according to the conduct appeal processes outlined in Section 8, Appeals.

Hearing Process

  1. Students will be notified and can participate in the hearing process in general as outlined in Section 5 of the code. The time frames of communication, submittal of relevant information, and the rights of an advisor and presenting relevant witnesses (when appropriate) will be maintained.
  2. The primary distinction of a sanctioning hearing is there is no Complaining party against the student. The student is having her/his academic misconduct history reviewed for the application of additional, appropriate sanctions.
  3. Quorum for an Academic Hearing Review will consists of two faculty members and one student. The hearing will continue according to the hearing checklist provided to the student ahead of time.  If a student, after receiving notice of the Academic Hearing Review, does not appear before the Conduct Body, the Conduct Body will make a determination of appropriateness for additional sanctions based on the information presented without the input of the student.
  4. Appropriate faculty, academic administrators, and other students relevant to the case may be called upon to participate should it be deemed appropriate.

G. Classroom Misconduct and Classroom Dismissal
At the discretion of a faculty member, a student may be dismissed from class for one or two class periods.  A faculty member may also request that a student be dismissed from the class for the remainder of the semester.  The policy for maintaining order in classrooms and the procedures for classroom dismissal are outlined in Boise State University Policy 2050.