In accordance with its mission to enable “students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others,” In its mission statement, the university seeks to “teach, learn, and work in a climate of mutual respect, honesty, and integrity where excellence and academic freedom are cherished.” All members of the community are called upon to uphold the standards of academic integrity and to avoid academic dishonesty of any kind. By accepting employment at the university or by accepting admission to St. Ambrose; faculty, staff, and students affirm and support the principle of honesty in their endeavours on behalf of the institution. Each member of the St. Ambrose community is responsible for acting with integrity.
Academic misconduct is any attempt to gain unearned advantage involving coursework or records. Forms of misconduct include, but are not limited to the following:
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional use of another’s words or ideas without crediting the source. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Falsification or Fabrication
Falsification or fabrication is intentionally altering or creating data in an academic exercise or record. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Unauthorized assistance is the use of any source of information not authorized by the instructor. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Complicity is assisting another person in committing an act of academic dishonesty. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Improper use of Technology
Improper use of Technology is the dishonest or deceptive use of any technological device such as a computer, smart-phone, or tablet to receive or attempt to receive or aid another to receive credit for academic work, or any improvement in evaluation of academic performance. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Abuse of Academic Materials
Abuse of academic materials is intentionally destroying, stealing, or making such materials inaccessible. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Multiple submission is the use of the same work in more than one course without prior permission of the instructor. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
Approved by EPC 3/6/18
Procedures for Alleged Academic Misconduct
An instructor who has evidence or suspects an act of academic misconduct has taken place is responsible for acting in accordance with the St. Ambrose University Academic Integrity Policy. In addition, others, including students, who have reason to believe a violation has taken place, should notify the instructor verbally or in writing. The names of those supplying information other than the instructor will be held in confidence.
The following steps will be taken by the instructor:
The incident report will be reviewed by the Board of Studies Chair. In the case of violations that are not considered to be severe (see Potential Consequences of Academic Misconduct), a violation letter will be sent to the student and they will be asked to meet with the Director of Reading and Study Skills. The student may either accept the action or may request a formal hearing before the Board of Studies committee.
In the event of a repeat violation or if the Board of Studies Chair suspects organized cheating or severe acts of academic dishonesty, the investigation will be pursued by the Board of Studies committee. The Registrar will notify the student(s) of the specific allegations of academic misconduct and when a formal hearing with the committee will occur. The Board of Studies committee will determine which additional sanctions will be enforced (see Potential Consequences of Academic Misconduct); its ruling may be appealed to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. All incident reports of academic misconduct will be reported and kept on file in the Office of the Registrar.
Potential Consequences of Academic Misconduct
All cases of academic misconduct (or suspected academic misconduct) will result in a meeting between the instructor and the student where the instructor will explain to the student how the observed behavior might be a violation of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy and give the student an opportunity to provide an explanation. At this meeting, the instructor will also explain what behaviors were expected and appropriate for that assignment, and how the student’s behavior violated these expected behaviors. Potential consequences for academic misconduct are at the discretion of the instructor and will depend on the severity of the violation.
Consequences for a minor violation might include: having the student redo an assignment or giving the student a reduced grade for an assignment (potentially including “F” or zero). Examples of minor violations include but are not limited to:
In these cases, after hearing the student’s explanation, an instructor might decide that this violation does not warrant the submission of an incident report to the Office of the Registrar.
Consequences for a major violation might include: giving the student a grade of “F” or zero on the assignment or exam, or giving the student a grade of “F” for the entire course. If the instructor determines that a major violation has occurred, the instructor will also submit an incident report, including any documentation and the action taken to the Office of the Registrar (see Procedures for Alleged Academic Misconduct). Examples of major violations include but are not limited to:
Cases of severe or repeated violations will automatically be evaluated by the Board of Studies committee (see Procedures for Alleged Academic Misconduct) and may result in loss of academic honors, probation, suspension, or expulsion. A student’s grade can be changed, even after a course has been completed.
Examples of severe violations that would be considered by the Board of Studies include but are not limited to:
Approved by EPC 3/6/18