All courses and academic work at Concordia University Irvine seek to empower students for independent learning, resourcefulness, clear thinking, and perception. All submitted work and activities should be genuine reflections of individual achievement from which the student can derive personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Plagiarism and cheating subvert these goals.
Plagiarism may be unintentional or intentional. Both are serious academic violations. A respected writing handbook describes academic dishonesty and plagiarism in the following way:
- While there are many ways to damage academic integrity, two that are especially important are inaccurate to incomplete citation of sources—also called unintentional plagiarism—and plagiarism that is deliberately intended to pass off one writer’s work as another’s (Andrea A. Lunsford, The St. Martin’s Handbook 283).
The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers by M. Hairston, J Ruszkiewicz and C. Friend, has some specific advice for using the internet.
- The basic rules of scholastic honesty still apply in electronic environments. (Students) may not copy and paste information from a Web site, listserv, newsgroup or other electronic source to (their) own project without fully documenting that material. Nor may (they) call it (their) own because (they) have altered it in some minor way (748).
Another kind of dishonesty occurs when students submit work they have completed in one course to meet requirements in another course. Students should always obtain permission from their instructor before using work completed in one course to meet requirements in another.
A third kind of academic dishonesty is submitting another student’s work as one’s own. The same applies to purchasing essays or other academic materials in order to submit them as one’s own work.
What happens when dishonesty is found in a student's academic work?
Concordia reserves the right to utilize electronic means to help prevent plagiarism. Students have been informed in the Student Handbook and should recognize that all assignments are subject to submission for textual similarity review to Blackboard SafeAssign. Assignments submitted to this website will be included as source documents in Turnitin’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents.
The specific procedures for all suspected instances of academic dishonesty are as follows:
- The faculty of each academic School at Concordia University Irvine will agree upon appropriate actions to be taken when a student is guilty of academic dishonesty. Depending upon the nature of the dishonesty, actions might include a failing grade for the assignment, a failing grade for the course, or expulsion from a School’s program.
- Instructors will write clear syllabus and assignment standards so that students can avoid both unintentional and intentional academic dishonesty. Instructors will also communicate the types of penalties that the School typically applies to academic dishonesty.
- C. All suspected instances of academic dishonesty in a course (and in other academic activities like President's Showcase) will be reported by the faculty member to the Dean of the School in which the course or activity resides. This notification will take place within a week of the determination that dishonesty has occurred.
- The School Dean will double check that this is an actual case of academic dishonesty and then will reach agreement with the faculty member concerning an appropriate course of action that should be taken with the student. When academic dishonesty has occurred, the School Dean also informs the Dean of Students so that any nonacademic aspects of the dishonesty can be handled according to Student Affairs policies. The practice of reporting to the Dean of Students also ensures that persisting patterns of deceit in a student’s work will be noted and addressed.
- Students will be informed of the detection of dishonesty in at least one of several different ways, and the notification will take place within one week of the determination that dishonesty has occurred. The faculty member will choose one of the following options with regard to student notification.
- At a face-to-face meeting that respects the student’s privacy, the faculty member informs the student that dishonesty has been discovered in the student's work.
- In a one-on-one live telephone call that respects the student’s privacy, the faculty member informs the student that dishonesty has been discovered in the student’s work.
- The faculty member may choose to leave a phone message or an email message for the student however, out of respect for the student’s privacy, the message will communicate only something like the following message: “An issue has arisen regarding your course [or assignment or activity] evaluation in [course prefix & number or other academic activity] and a note has been placed in your file. If you would like an explanation, please contact me by phone, or make an appointment to see me, at your earliest convenience.”
- The student may respond to the faculty member’s message in one of several different ways:
- The student may ignore the faculty member’s notification and thereby forfeit any opportunity for dialogue or appeal.
- The student may directly or tacitly acknowledge his or her dishonesty and accept the specified penalty.
- Just as students have a right to appeal any decisions concerning their academic work, so they have a right to initiate an appeal when notified that academic dishonesty has been discovered in their work. Appeals begin with an appeal to the Dean of the School in which the course or activity is located. Appeals can also, when necessary, be carried on to the Office of the Provost. Students can ask the Office of the Dean of Students to guide them in pursuing any appeals process. Final decisions concerning any appeals of academic decisions lie with the Deans and the Office of the Provost.
The student government (ASCUI), Student Senate, and Dean of Students shall seek out evaluative comments each year from members of the Concordia community.
The Office of the Provost or his/her designee adjudicates violations of the Academic Honesty policy. Therefore, the procedures described for other policy violations in this document may not apply to violations of this policy.
Students are expected to comply with all state and local laws. Click here for the University statement on alcohol, important parts of state laws and some of the risks to alcohol consumption.
- No student, regardless of age, may possess, store, or consume alcoholic beverages on campus.
- Students are prohibited from possessing and/or consuming alcohol at any University-sponsored event. This includes events both on and off campus.
- Excessive alcohol consumption is prohibited. University officials will determine what is excessive based on the physical and mental impairments exhibited.
- Students hosting parties/events in off-campus houses or other off-campus sites are responsible for the size and activities occurring at or associated with their gatherings. Unmonitored sources of alcohol, drugs, noise, and other conduct may be examples of violations of this policy.
- Possession or consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited.
- Providing alcohol or access to alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited.
- Violating any provision of the Code of Conduct while under the influence of alcohol constitutes a violation of this policy.
- Common containers (e.g. kegs) are prohibited on campus.
- Driving while intoxicated is prohibited. Driving under the influence is prohibited.
- Amnesty: in certain circumstances, students may qualify for amnesty. See the Medical Amnesty Policy.
Service animals that have been approved by the Dean of Students or designee are permitted.
Students who are arrested by any law enforcement agency are required to inform the Dean of Students within 72 hours of their release. Students arrested may be subject to University disciplinary action when their conduct violates University standards. Failure to report this information to the Dean of Students will result in a “Noncompliance” charge and may result in further disciplinary action.
Assent to Violations
Failing to remove oneself from the presence of a policy violation and report any act prohibited by University policy shall be considered the same as a completed violation. Some examples of violations of this policy include but are not limited to:
- A student who is present while an alcohol violation is occurring in the residence halls;
- Being present at an off-campus location in which a student is providing alcohol to minors;
- A student does not reveal to Housing officials that his/her roommate has an unauthorized person living in the residence halls;
- A member of an organization who hears another member repeatedly harass a person but does not intervene and report the conduct.
Riding bicycles in Concordia buildings is prohibited. Storage of bicycles in hallways is prohibited. Bicycles may be stored in residential rooms under the following circumstances. Bicycles not stored properly in residential rooms must be secured and locked in designated racks or lockers and may not be parked or left unattended in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to other persons.
Concordia provides students with access to computer labs, computer networks, and the internet as a privilege—illegal behavior and/or violations of University policy may result in the loss of this privilege. It is the University’s intention that these services be utilized first for academic pursuits. Students may utilize these services for personal or recreational purposes so long as these activities do not interfere with other students’ academic pursuits.
Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to protect their own property. The University will not be held liable for damage or loss of privacy due to computer hacking, viruses and/or worms, or other forms of electronic invasion.
- Students are not allowed to use campus technology for business purposes.
- Students are not permitted to send bulk communications via University systems or via student email accounts.
- Students may not use campus technology in ways that are illegal or violate provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Unauthorized access of any file, system, or data for any purpose is prohibited.
- Unauthorized transfer, copy, downloading and/or uploading of files (including use of peer-to-peer file sharing programs to download copyrighted materials) is prohibited.
- Excessive use of network resources may result in available bandwidth being capped.
- Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and/or passwords is prohibited.
- The use of technology to send or receive obscene, abusive, or pornographic content is prohibited.
- The use of technology to harass any person or persons is prohibited.
- The use of computer facilities to interfere with normal operation of the University computer system is prohibited and may be defined by the University as theft and fraud.
- Connecting any device (e.g. a hub, switch, or router) other than a personal computer, gaming console, or mobile device (e.g. tablet or smartphone) to the University network is prohibited.
- Using any wireless devices that operate at 2.4GHz or 5GHz (e.g. wireless routers/access points, wireless printers, some cordless phones), even if not directly connected to the University network, is prohibited. Cordless phones operating at 900MHz or 1.9GHz (DECT) are permitted.
Damage To Property
Damage to or destruction of property or actions that have the potential for such damage or destruction is prohibited. Conduct which threatens to damage, alters the appearance or integrity of a facility, or creates hazardous conditions such as dropping, throwing, or causing objects or substances to fall from windows, doors, ledges, balconies, or roofs is also prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized application of graffiti or paint, cultivating plants, unauthorized posting, etc. to property or removal of window restrictors, security screens, etc. to University, public, or private property. Removing banners, decorations, and other materials is prohibited.
No person or organization may interfere with, disrupt normal activity and operations of, or promote the interference or disruption of students, faculty, administration, staff, or the educational mission of the University or of the University or its buildings, equipment or facilities. Any form of expression that interferes with such activities and operations or invades the rights of persons is prohibited.
Noncompliance with reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on expression is considered a violation of this section. Such activity includes, but is not limited to, behavior in a classroom or instructional program that interferes with the instructor or presenter's ability to conduct the class or program or with the ability of others to profit from the class or program.
To remain in the vicinity of activity that is disrupting normal University functions when requested to leave by a University official is prohibited. Bystanders, if their presence incites or adds to the disruption, as well as more active participants in the disruptive activity, may be in violation of this policy as well.
Students are expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws.
The unauthorized possession, use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of any counterfeit, illegal, dangerous, "designer," or controlled drug or other substance is prohibited. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and medicinal marijuana. Violating any other provision of the Code of Student Conduct while under the influence of any illegal or illegally obtained drug is also a violation of this policy. The possession of drug paraphernalia is also prohibited. Any dilute, late, missed, forged, or failed University required drug screen will constitute a violation of this policy. Electronic cigarettes or vaporizers are prohibited.
This policy addresses drug-related offenses which occur on and off campus.
For more information on Health and Lifestyle Risks, click here.
Fire Alarms/Safety Equipment
No person shall make, or cause to be made, a false fire alarm or emergency report of any kind. No person shall tamper with, damage, disable, or misuse fire safety equipment including, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, fire alarms, fire doors, and AED units. Tampering with or disabling any fire safety equipment in a residence hall may result in your immediate removal from University Housing and a fine. Students are required to evacuate any University building when a fire alarm is sounding and/or when instructed to do so in an emergency or drill by University staff. Violation of this policy may result in a fine and other disciplinary action.
Lying or fraudulent behavior in, or with regard to, any transaction with the University, whether oral or written, is prohibited, including but not limited to misrepresenting the truth before a hearing of the University or knowingly making a false statement orally or in writing to any University official.
The University prohibits gambling.
Students or student organizations involved in alleged violations of any federal, state, or local laws may be subject to disciplinary action. These allegations will be adjudicated using the University standard of proof and procedure. Disciplinary action imposed by the University may precede and/or be in addition to any penalty imposed by an off-campus authority.
Students are accountable for any and all violations their guests may commit while visiting them.
Conduct that creates or attempts to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, action(s) or statement(s) that threaten harm or intimidate a person, stalking, voyeurism (or peeping), or any other form of unwanted contact.
Harm to Person(s)/Threats
Actions which result in physical harm, have the potential for physically harming another person, which create conditions that pose a risk of physical harm to another, or which cause reasonable apprehension of physical harm are prohibited. Conduct that threatens to cause harm to persons or creates hazardous conditions for persons is also prohibited.
Hazing is an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy and/or complicity in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this policy.
Hazing includes, but is not limited to:
- All forms of physical activity deemed dangerous or harmful;
- The application of foreign substances to the body;
- Scavenger hunts involving illegal activities, kidnapping, or ditching a member of the community;
- Depriving students of sleep;
- Not providing decent and edible foods;
- Depriving students' means of maintaining personal hygiene;
- Forcing, coercing, pressuring, or requiring students to consume alcohol or foreign or unusual amounts of substances;
- Nudity or forcing students to dress in a degrading manner.
Psychological hazing, which is any act likely to compromise the dignity of a student, cause embarrassment or shame to a student, cause a student to be the object of ridicule or malicious amusement, or inflict psychological or emotional harm is also prohibited.
Interference/Obstruction of the Conduct Process
Interfering in any manner with the student conduct process is prohibited. Examples of violating this policy include, but are not limited to:
- Failing to participate in a hearing or investigation;
- Colluding with or intimidating witnesses;
- Providing false information or intentionally omitting relevant information from an investigation or hearing.
Medical Amnesty Policy
In cases of intoxication, alcohol poisoning, an overdose, or adverse reaction, health and safety are the University’s primary concerns. Individuals are strongly encouraged to call for medical assistance for themselves or others who may be in danger. No student seeking medical treatment for alcohol or drug use will be subject to University disciplinary action for the sole violation of using alcohol or other drugs so long as the student completes all education and counseling programs recommended by the University. This policy extends to a student seeking help for another student.
When there is a question of sexual abuse or assault in a situation involving alcohol or drugs, the student who was sexually abused or assaulted is not subject to discipline under the University’s alcohol and drug policies.
Misuse of Documents
Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any document, record, or officially issued identification is prohibited.
Misuse of Furnishings
All University-provided furniture must remain in its assigned unit at all times. The relocation of University furniture to or from classrooms, laboratories, common areas, balconies, patios, residence hall rooms or apartments, storage rooms, or anywhere outside of the buildings is prohibited.
Misuse of Keys
No person may use or possess any University key without proper authorization. No student is allowed under any condition to have a University key duplicated.
Misuse of Student Identification
Lending a University Student ID card to anyone for reasons not authorized by the University, failing to present a Student ID card when requested by a University official acting in the performance of his or her duties, or possessing or using a fraudulent ID card, may subject the owner and/or the holder to disciplinary action.
Gasoline powered motor vehicles, including mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles, are to be parked, stored or driven only in designated areas (public lots and roads) and not in the housing community. Private vehicles are not permitted inside the housing community or on any unpaved surface at any time. Reckless or unsafe driving and/or not adhering to speed limits, parking zones, etc. on campus are prohibited.
Students and student organizations are expected to comply with and respond appropriately to the reasonable and lawful requests of University officials in the performance of their duties. Students are expected to appear at conduct hearings to respond to allegations or testify as a witness when reasonably notified to do so. A failure to properly comply with or complete a sanction or obligation resulting from a conduct hearing or adjudication may also be considered failure to comply with an official request.
Retaliation is defined as any adverse action taken against a person participating in a protected activity because of their participation in that protected activity. Retaliation against an individual for alleging harassment or discrimination, supporting a complainant or for assisting in providing information relevant to a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation of University policy and will be treated as an instance of harassment or discrimination.
Acts of alleged retaliation should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator and will be promptly investigated. Concordia University Irvine will take all appropriate actions to protect individuals who fear that they may be subjected to retaliation.
Any person present on University premises or at off-campus University-sponsored functions who is in possession of a bag, purse, backpack, or any other container where contraband, weapons, alcohol, or any other prohibited substance could be contained is subject to search by a University official. This includes, but is not limited to, vehicles parked on University premises when there is reason to believe the vehicle contains any prohibited item.
Consensual sexual behavior outside of marriage is prohibited.
See the section on Sexual Misconduct/Title IX policy.
University facilities are intended for purposes as outlined in the University mission statement. Any solicitation should be reported promptly. Sales, solicitation and/or other business may not be conducted on campus or using campus facilities and technologies without prior written permission from the Dean of Students or his/her designee. This includes, but is not limited to, homes sales “parties,” sales activities using campus technologies and the internet, promotion of parties or outside vendors, and solicitation for involvement in pyramid-type businesses.
The distribution of non-University-sponsored flyers and other marketing materials that have not been approved by the Dean of Students Office are prohibited. University approved materials can be posted with approval from the Center for Student Leadership and Development.
Theft of any kind, including seizing, receiving, or concealing property with knowledge that it has been stolen, is prohibited. Sale, possession, or misappropriation of any property or services without the owner's permission is also prohibited.
Smoking and the use of any tobacco products are prohibited inside any Concordia buildings. The use of tobacco by students under age 18 is prohibited; providing tobacco to any student under age of 18 is also prohibited. Smoking is permitted 25 feet from all buildings and in areas that will not impact fellow community members. Smokers are responsible for the proper disposal of all smoking materials. Possession of pipes (including hookahs) and paraphernalia is prohibited. Electronic cigarettes or vaporizers are prohibited.
Unauthorized Presence or Use of University Facilities
Unauthorized entry into, presence in, or use of University facilities equipment or property that has not been reserved or accessed through appropriate University officials is prohibited. Unauthorized entry into dining facilities, offices, maintenance closets, etc. is prohibited. Students and guests are prohibited from entering University buildings during break time without authorization. Students are not to access known restricted areas including, but not limited to, emergency exit doors, fire escape doors, attic/roof access doors, ledges, fire escapes, attic spaces, rooftops, construction areas, etc.
Trespassing and utilizing any private property including, but not limited to, an association swimming pool or recreation facility not owned by the University are illegal and prohibited.
The unauthorized possession or use of firearms or weapons of any other kind (including but not limited to knives, slingshots, bows and arrows, metal knuckles, hunting equipment, razors, stun guns, paintball guns, BB guns, and air pistols) is prohibited. Weapons intended for decoration or display, or which hold sentimental value, are prohibited.
Items used aggressively or for violent purposes are prohibited and may constitute a violation of this policy.
The ignition or detonation of anything which could cause damage to persons or property or disruption by fire, smoke, explosion, noxious odors, stain, corrosion or similar means is prohibited. Possession of anything in the nature of fireworks, explosives or chemical explosives is prohibited on any property owned or operated by the University or at off-campus University-sponsored events without prior University authorization.