Introduction

The Academic Honesty Policy is designed to enhance and sustain an environment of ethical and principled intellectual pursuit, consistent with the core values of the University. This policy is based on respect for intellectual property as well as for one another. Academic honesty is essential to the academy. Honest pursuit of academic challenges and higher learning are the essence of the university experience. Respect for one another is fostered when our academic environment is free from cheating, lying and stealing not only of property, but ideas as well. Individual and personal quests for knowledge will expand and challenge students’ creativity and intellect. Academic dishonesty is contrary to intellectual growth and pride in a job well done. Bowling Green State University graduates have met the challenges of achieving scholarly excellence and higher learning. Compromising academic honesty negatively impacts the foundations of our academy. We strive to nurture the respect inherent in the honest attainment of scholarly excellence. Discussion of the Academic Honesty Policy provides an opportunity to instill in students respect for honest and appropriate behavior.

  • To communicate to all members of the University community the conviction of the University and its faculty that cheating and plagiarism are destructive of the mission of the University and are universally disapproved.
  • To state procedures for accomplishing the above objective by students, faculty, academic deans and the Academic Honesty Committee.
  • Both students and faculty should initiate discussions that emphasize ethical and principled intellectual pursuit, consistent with the Core Values of the University, and denounce dishonest academic pursuits.
  • Academic units may develop for their faculty and students a statement of the application of the Academic Honesty Policy in their courses provided that it is consistent with this policy.
  • Each faculty member is encouraged to include in the introduction of a course:...
    • A statement of the application of the Academic Honesty Policy within a particular course provided that it is consistent with this policy.
    • The statement that every instance of dishonesty will be reported.
    • A definition of plagiarism and proper citation consistent with the accepted style (e.g., APA, MLA).
  • Faculty are encouraged to remove temptation to potential violations insofar as possible.\
  • Faculty members should exemplify the highest levels of academic honesty at all times.

This list is not exhaustive of possible violations of this policy. These definitions are based on Gehring, Nuss, Pavela, “Issues and Perspectives on Academic Integrity,” published in 1986 by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Inc., and on the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, 1998, the Trustees of Indiana University. Lack of intent shall not be a defense against a charge of violating this policy. That is, it shall not be necessary to prove intent for a person to be in violation of this policy. Unawareness of the policy is not a defense.

  • Cheating
    • Using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work more than once without permission, or using another person as a substitute to take an examination or quiz.
  • Forgery
    • Altering a score, grade, schedule change form or academic record; forging an instructor’s or another student’s signature.
  • Bribery/Threats
    • Offering a bribe or making a threat or coercion related to a grade or an academic exercise.
  • Fabrication
    • Falsification or invention of any information, data, research or citation in any academic exercise.
  • Plagiarism
    • Representing as one’s own in any academic exercise the words or ideas of another, including but not limited to, quoting or paraphrasing without proper citation.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
    • Helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Academic Dean is the dean of the college in which the undergraduate student is enrolled. For graduate students, degree and nondegree, the academic dean is the Dean of the Graduate College. For guest students, the registrar is the academic dean who may transfer the case to the appropriate academic dean.
  • A day is one day when the University is holding classes.
  • A semester is one of the University’s three academic terms: Fall, Spring or Summer.
  • A year is three consecutive semesters.
  • A mark or grade assigned as a result of a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy is considered a sanction.
  • Time limits given in this policy are for the purposes of expediting hearings and appeals. Time limits for hearings may be extended at the dean’s discretion. Time limits for appeals may be extended at the discretion of the chair of the Academic Honesty Committee, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the Board of Trustees of the University, for cases within their respective jurisdictions.
  • Time limits set forth are goals and are not jurisdictional. No action taken shall be voided unless it appears that there has been an unreasonable amount of delay and that the appellant’s right to a fair hearing has been violated.
  • There is no statute of limitations on graduate theses or dissertations.
  • The statute of limitations for all other academic honesty violations shall be one calendar year after the date of graduation of the person(s) involved.
  • When violations of academic honesty escape notice at the time of their commission, but are discovered at a later time and the statute of limitations has not expired, penalties may be imposed at the time the violation is discovered.

The student and instructor are responsible for presenting their own cases. Both the student and the instructor have the right to be accompanied and assisted by advisors but the advisors are not permitted to participate directly in any hearing nor may they appear in lieu of the student or instructor. The academic unit may send a substitute for the instructor only in cases of undue hardship.

This policy governs all matters of academic dishonesty, and alternative policies or procedures not provided for herein shall not be used.

Questions regarding interpretations of this Academic Honesty Policy should be directed to the chair of the Academic Honesty Committee.

In addition to action taken by University officials for violations of the Academic Honesty Policy, violators may be subject to legal action in a court of competent jurisdiction.