Empire State College expects honesty from students in presenting all of their academic work. Students are responsible for knowing and observing accepted principles of scholarly research and writing in all academic work.
Academic dishonesty or cheating includes acts of plagiarism, forgery, fabrication or misrepresentation, such as the following:
College faculty and staff provide guidance regarding academic honesty through new-student orientation programs and materials, learning contracts and study materials, and other college information resources. The college website, print materials, writing centers, writing studies and workshops, as well as innumerable texts on college research writing, provide rich resources for learning in this area.
Mentors, tutors, evaluators and others who make academic decisions (collectively referred to as faculty in the remainder of the document) are responsible for identifying breaches of the college’s academic honesty expectations. Faculty make judgments about whether a breach of academic integrity represents a developmental need or a dishonest act. Faculty determine study, course and credit by evaluation outcomes and respond to breaches of academic honesty expectations in accordance with the procedures outlined below.
The dean of the student’s home center may reprimand, warn or dismiss a student for serious acts of dishonesty in accordance with the procedures that follow.
When facing a breach of academic honesty expectations, a faculty member exercises her/his academic judgment in light of the particular circumstances and the student’s academic history. Consultation with the dean and/or faculty chair throughout the process is encouraged.
The faculty member:
A student who believes that the determination of academic dishonesty is unfair may appeal that decision through the college’s Student Academic Appeals Policy and Procedures.
Possible Penalties. Serious or continued breaches of academic honesty may constitute grounds for formal reprimand, academic warning or dismissal from the college. The following penalties may apply:
Reprimand: A reprimand is a formal written notice from the dean to the student expressing disapproval of the behavior. It describes the nature of the breach of academic honesty standards, expectations for future behavior and any specific educational requirements. The letter of reprimand is not included in the student’s official college record.
Academic Warning: An academic warning for academic dishonesty is a formal written notice from the dean to the student providing conditions for continued enrollment in the college. It describes the nature of the breach of academic honesty standards, expectations for future behavior and any specific educational requirements. The academic warning for academic dishonesty is included in the student’s official college record. A breach of academic honesty expectations after an academic warning for academic dishonesty normally leads to dismissal.
An academic warning for academic dishonesty remains active on the student’s academic record until graduation. While the college retains information internally about the academic warning after graduation, the college clears the official record. If the student pursues additional study with the college, the information is available to college personnel who may consider it if the student breaches academic honesty expectations again.
Academic Dismissal: An academic dismissal for academic dishonesty is an indefinite separation from the college. The formal written notice describes the nature of the breach of academic honesty expectations. The academic dismissal for academic dishonesty is included in the student’s official college record.
For the dean to consider reinstatement, a student must present to the dean convincing written evidence that s/he has come to value the standards for academic honesty and a written affirmation that s/he agrees to follow the college’s Academic Honesty Policy.
The dean of the student’s home center is responsible for acting on requests for reinstatement after academic dismissal. Students are not eligible for reinstatement for at least 16 weeks or one term, whichever is longer, after an academic dismissal.
Students who are academically dismissed a second time for academic dishonesty are not eligible for reinstatement.
If the dean reinstates a student, s/he places the student in warning status. The dean also may establish terms and conditions for re-enrollment that promote academic honesty. For example, the center/program administrator may impose specific conditions, such as requiring:
Written Notice. The dean sends a copy of any written notice of reinstatement to the student’s primary mentor, retains a copy in the center/program file and forwards a copy to the Office of the Registrar.
Students may appeal any decision made about academic honesty as outlined in the academic appeals policy and procedures.