The mission of Southern Arkansas University empowers all members of the University community to develop and encourage learning environments that create, expand, acquire, share, evaluate, and communicate knowledge. Academic integrity at SAU is an organizational and individual responsibility. Students, faculty, and staff share responsibility for maintaining the highest standards for academic integrity. (Policy on Academic Integrity, Approved by Faculty Assembly 2018)
Southern Arkansas University students are responsible for meeting the academic standards and expectations established by each of their instructors. This includes maintaining standards of academic integrity. Students should check their class syllabus to see what are the expectations for each assignment and the consequences of academic dishonesty.
What is Academic Dishonesty?
Academic dishonesty at Southern Arkansas University includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication.
- Cheating includes any attempt to give or obtain unauthorized assistance relating to the completion of an academic assignment. This can include working with a classmate on homework or a take-home test without permission from the instructor.
- Plagiarism includes using the ideas, writings, or work of another person, without proper citation, to complete an academic assignment. It can also include submitting projects, papers and other assignments for credit when you have submitted the same assignment for credit in another course.
- Fabrication includes falsifying data, information, or citations in completing an academic assignment. It also includes providing false or deceptive information to an instructor about completing an assignment.
Other types of dishonesty are also prohibited. These could include, but are not limited to:
- Forging, altering, or submitting falsified (fake) documents. An example of this would be forging a parent, instructor or counselor signature on registration forms.
- Misusing any college document, record, or instrument of identification.
- Tampering with an election conducted by or for college students.
- Furnishing false information, or failing to furnish correct information, in response to the request or requirement of a college officer or employee. The most common example is giving a fake name to avoid trouble.
- Module 1 Introduction: http://www.saumag.edu/library/AIWM1/AIWM1/AIWM1.html
Academic Misconduct Definitions
Any act of dishonesty in academic work constitutes academic misconduct and is subject to disciplinary action. Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, and fabrication.
Plagiarism is the act of taking and/or using the ideas, work, and/or writings of another person as one’s own. Plagiarism occurs both when the words of another (in print, electronic, or any other medium) are reproduced without acknowledgment and when the ideas or arguments of another are paraphrased in such a way as to lead the reader to believe that they originated with the writer.
Plagiarism is a type of cheating in which someone adopts another person’s ideas, words, design, art, music, etc., as his or her own without acknowledging the source, or, when necessary, obtaining permission from the author. For example, copying and pasting material from a website into your own document without proper citation is considered plagiarism.
- Module 2 Plagiarism: http://www.saumag.edu/library/AIWM2/AIWM2/AIWM2.html
Cheating is an act of dishonesty with the intention of obtaining and/or using information in a fraudulent manner.
Cheating involves unauthorized use of information, materials, devices, sources, or practices in completing academic activities. For example, copying during an exam that should be completed individually is an unauthorized practice, and, therefore, is considered cheating. A student who allows another student to copy from his or her work is considered to be facilitating or contributing to cheating. Use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments. The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff.
- Module 3 Cheating: http://www.saumag.edu/library/AIWM3/AIWM3/AIWM3.html
Fabrication or falsification involves the unauthorized creation or alteration of information in an academic document or activity. For example, artificially creating data when it should be collected from an actual experiment or making up a source of information that does not exist is considered fabrication or falsification. Other forms of fabrication may include unauthorized collaboration or submitting the same paper or portions of the same paper to two different courses without the consent of current instructor. Forging a signature on an official SAU or other document.
- Module 4 Fabrication: http://www.saumag.edu/library/AIWM4/AIWM4/AIWM4.html
Academic Integrity Policy Application to all Students
The University’s academic integrity policy applies to all students enrolled in courses at the University. All forms of academic misconduct at SAU will be regarded as serious and may result in the student being expelled from the University.
Notification of Charge of Academic Misconduct to Student
In the event an instructor determines that a student has engaged in academic misconduct, the instructor will complete the web-based academic integrity violation form. This form will notify the student (through their SAU email account), the Dean, and the VPAA of the allegation. The notice will include the justification for the allegation, inform him or her of the violation level, and the sanction the instructor deems appropriate, consistent with the terms of the Sanctions section of this policy.
Consequences of Academic Misconduct
Sanction points are cumulative over the length of the student’s matriculation at Southern Arkansas University. Graduate students will be considered new matriculates.
A student receives the assigned number of sanction points for each violation for which he/she is found responsible. A violation will be considered as a single violation up until the point that a student receives notice of that violation; additional infractions occurring after that point will be considered separately for determining violation and sanction levels. Depending on the level of the violation possible sanctions may be a letter of reprimand (lowest offense), an immediate zero (0) for an assignment or test, attendance of the Academic Integrity workshop, or suspension or expulsion.
Suspension – involves the withdrawal of enrollment privileges for a specified period of time and ordinarily carries with it conditions which must be met for re-enrollment. Suspended students are not permitted to live or board in University facilities or approved student organization housing (i.e., facilities owned by the University and leased to a student organization). Students suspended may not receive credit for University work completed by correspondence or in residence at another university without prior permission from the Provost or designee. Records of suspension are maintained indefinitely.
Expulsion – is a permanent dismissal from the University. These records are maintained indefinitely.
Expulsion from Southern Arkansas University for academic dishonesty will be permanently noted on the student’s transcript.
The student will have three days (excluding weekends and holidays) to respond to the allegation from the instructor before the sanction is implemented and to arrange a meeting with the instructor.
A student may appeal the charge of academic misconduct and any sanctions or actions taken by the instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the action of the instructor after their meeting, the student has seven days (7) to submit a formal appeal to the Dean using the link to the online form found in the initial email. If a student is not satisfied with the action of the Dean, the student can appeal the decision of the Dean to the University Academic Integrity Council.
Academic Misconduct File
All documentation relevant to a student’s academic misconduct will be maintained in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs in a digital form. Academic misconduct files shall only be used in accordance with University FERPA policy.
If the student makes a formal appeal, it will be decided in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Academic Integrity Policy. If the matter is appealed to the Academic Integrity Council, the VPAA (or designee) will forward all forms and other materials associated with the specific violation to the Chairman of the Academic Integrity Council to be disseminated to members of the Council.