Academic integrity is a part of the educational process. All persons in the college community are responsible for promoting and protecting academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or facilitating academic dishonesty is prohibited and have associated consequences. Disciplinary actions involving academic dishonest are matters of academics and not criminal or civil legal proceedings.
Academic Honesty & Integrity Policy
The Student Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy developed by the UAHT Faculty Senate is designed to educate students, to protect the rights of students accused of violating the UAHT Student Conduct Code, and to deter further violations through remediation. The Student Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy identifies three levels of academic dishonesty:
Academic Dishonesty Levels:
- Minor infraction (student lacks understanding). Examples include but are not limited to:
- Repeated improperly formatted citations within a document
- Improper citation – i.e. omission of references when in-text citation is present.
- Partial improperly cited paraphrase
- Collaborating inappropriately while completing outside coursework.
- First infraction: Instructor will notify the student of the infraction as soon as possible after it is discovered (within ten days of being made aware of the incident, maximum). The instructor may require the student to complete additional training, coursework, or assignments to better inform the student of academic expectations. The success or failure of the assignment is left to the faculty member’s discretion. Failure to comply with the training within one month of notification will result in the sanction being upgraded to a UAHT Conduct Violation. The instructor may also request the Dean of Student Services place a Record of Counseling in the student’s file to record that the student has been warned of the consequences of academic dishonesty.
- Second infraction: failure of the assignment or test and referral to the academic dean and/or Dean of Student Services as a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Second-Level Infraction. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Repeated infractions after counseling with the student (as outlined above)
- Cutting and pasting or manually copying another’s intellectual property without proper citation
- Cheating on an exam
- Receiving answers from another student, or giving answers to another student
- False insertion of citation
- Copying a classmate’s assignment and passing it off as one’s own work
- First infraction: Failure of the assignment or test. The student must attend a counseling session with the dean of the division in which the infraction occurred. The student will sign an Incident Form (found on the Intranet) acknowledging he/she has been made aware of the evidence of academic dishonesty. This record will be sent to the Dean of Student Services. The student will complete an educational process to help the student understand the violation. If training is not completed within one month or before grades are due, an “F” will be given for the course.
- Second infraction – Failure of course (F). The student will sign the Incident Form acknowledging he/she has been made aware of the evidence of academic dishonesty. This record will be sent to the Dean of Student Services.
- Third-level infraction (Above and beyond standard academic violations). Examples include but are not limited to:
- Third cumulative standard academic violation, as outlined above
- Stealing and/or sharing exams or other work or documents
- Buying or selling papers for the purpose of cheating
- Passing off another person’s work, in its entirety, as your own (even with that person’s permission)
- Impersonating another student
- Violation in a professional program of study (as outlined in CNA, LPN, EMS, etc.)
- Consequences: Failure (F) of course and/or referral to the Dean for Student Services. The Dean for Student Services has full discretion in determining how the situation should be addressed from that point forward.
- Record Keeping – The Office of the Dean of Student Services or applicable office will be the responsible party for keeping records in matters that involve second and third level infractions of the UAHT Student Conduct Policy.
Faculty members who suspect academic dishonesty should collect all pertinent documentation and make a reasonable effort to promptly notify the student as soon as possible (within ten business days of the faculty member being made aware of the incident) using the contact information on file with the college. The faculty member should first counsel the student during office hours and notify the student of the consequences (as outlined by the policy above).
In the case of a second-level infraction, the faculty member should schedule a meeting with the student, the dean of the division in which the incident occurred, and the Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Integrity and Ethics. The Subcommittee on Integrity and Ethics shall be composed of three faculty members (at least one from outside of the division where the infraction occurred), as well as a faculty member of the student’s choosing. The Subcommittee works with the division’s dean to evaluate the evidence provided by the instructor and makes a recommendation of whether the matter should be forwarded to the Dean of Student Services to be handled as a Code of Conduct Violation.
When the student meets with the faculty member, dean, and sub-committee, the body should be presented with the documentation of the violation, told the level of infraction, and the sanction for that infraction. The faculty member should inform the student of his/her right to appeal the decision. Finally, the faculty member should present the Incident Form (as found on the Intranet), request that the student review/sign the document to acknowledge he/she has been made aware of the evidence, and then provide a copy of the signed document to the student. The Incident Form and other documentation will be sent to the office of the Dean for Student Services.
Students and faculty will refer to the UAHT Appeals process in the UAHT Policies and Procedures, published in the College Catalog. During an appeal process, the student should continue to attend class until a decision is rendered.
Note on timing:
In order to alert students and educate them about the consequences of academic dishonesty in a timely manner, students should be notified of the evidence of academic dishonesty as quickly as possible (within ten business days of the faculty member being made aware of the incident). There may be times that, due to illness, travel, scheduled breaks, etc., the precise schedules indicated in the preceding paragraphs may not be achievable. In such cases, all participants must make good faith efforts to come as close to the schedules as possible. Hearings for alleged Conduct violations that occur at the end of the spring semester present special challenges. For returning students, the schedule in the preceding paragraphs will remain in effect. Students suspected of violating academic integrity must work with faculty to attempt to resolve the integrity issue prior to the date that grades are due to the registrar’s office. If a solution cannot be met, the student will receive an Incomplete (I) grade until such time a solution is reached. For a graduating senior suspected of violating academic integrity, he/she may walk at graduation if all other academic requirements have been met, but he/she will not receive a diploma until the integrity matter has been resolved.
UAHT Academic Honesty Respondus Testing Policy
It is the student’s responsibility to:
- know and understand the college’s academic integrity policy.
- know and understand each Instructor’s testing rules as presented in each Instructor’s course syllabus and/or on individual tests.
- test all personal equipment by taking the practice exam(s) provided by the Instructor before taking a major exam through Respondus Monitor. Technical issues not dealt with beforehand are not a reason for the instructor to allow exceptions to testing deadlines.
- not give the appearance of cheating, such as leaving the testing location, obviously looking at other documents or screens (if not permitted by the instructor), talking, using headphones, cell phones, or other electronic devices.
- If prompted, show a student ID or driver’s license.
- Be alone in the room with no distractions or help from anyone.
- Clear desk of any unnecessary objects. Only have accessories available that are allowed by the instructor: paper, calculator, etc.
- Stay in front of the computer monitor and in view of the camera during the entire exam.
- Slowly and thoroughly scan your entire environment on the webcam check. Show your entire desktop, under the desk, and the areas behind the desk, including the walls. Prove to your instructor that you do not have a second laptop, other electronic devices, notes, or other people available to help you on the exam.
- Students who fail to perform a full environment check as described above will be subject to an automatic 25% deduction on the exam.
- If an instructor determines that a student has cheated or plagiarized during an exam, the student will fail the exam and will not be permitted to retake it.
- Along with the failing grade, the student will also forfeit the ability to use Respondus Monitor for future exams for the course in which the student cheated. Loss of the ability to use Respondus Monitor means that the student is required to take all future exams for that course at the UAHT Testing Center or at another approved college testing center nationwide.
- The instructor may choose to submit an incident form outlining the details of the cheating/plagiarism to the office of the Dean of Students to be placed in the student’s academic record.
- Students have the right to follow the established Student Grade Appeals procedure outlined in the College Catalog if they wish to appeal the test results.