| ACADEMIC DISHONESTY, CHEATING, AND PLAGIARISM
Academic dishonesty is one of the most serious offenses in the academic community. Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism and/or cheating on examinations and papers, sabotage of research materials, the purchase or sale of academic papers, submitting a paper previously submitted in another class, and the falsification of records.
Any student who engages in an academically dishonest activity, such as submitting a paper, examination, project, or other academic work not his or her own without appropriate attribution (plagiarism), is subject to disciplinary charges, as any student who knowingly aids another who engages in them.
Allegations of cheating and plagiarism are initially handled between the faculty member and the student. If the student admits to the violation, a range of penalties may be imposed at the discretion of the faculty member. These may include, but are not limited to, an F on the paper, examination or course, or the requirement to rewrite the paper or retake the examination. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Frese Hall 101, may be notified, in which case a record of the incident will be maintained for the duration of the student's enrollment at the College.
If the student denies the charge(s) and the faculty member believes there is sufficient evidence to pursue the matter, formal charges may be filed with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for penalties beyond the grade in the course.
Students found guilty of any form of academic dishonesty are subject to discipline, including, but not limited to, failure in the course and suspension or dismissal from the College.
It should be noted that the buying and selling of term papers is expressly forbidden under the provisions of the New York State Education Law. Therefore, those found guilty of this offense are subject to both disciplinary action at the College and (subsequent) criminal action.
It is the policy of the Psychology Department to report all incidents of academic dishonesty to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs where a record of the incident will be maintained for the duration of the student's enrollment at the College.
Please refer to the USSC website or office for more information about academic integrity.