Adjunct Information: Academic Honesty
The university expects all members of its community to act with responsibility. As an accredited institution of higher learning dedicated to the transmission of knowledge and the free inquiry after truth, Concordia strives to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty and seeks to heed the commands for honesty found in the Scriptures.
at Concordia University is designed 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 should derive personal satisfaction and a sense of
accomplishment. Plagiarism and cheating subvert these goals and will be treated
according to the policy stated in the Code of Conduct.
The instructor reserves the right to utilize
electronic means to help prevent plagiarism. Students agree that by taking this
course all assignments are subject to submission for textual similarity review.
Assignments submitted for review will be included as source documents in a
restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in
Honesty in the performance of academic assignments is essential to the mastery of a subject and intellectual development. The responsibility for such honesty rests with the individual student. To help members of the community recognize academic dishonesty, the definitions are listed:
- Cheating is presenting someone else's work as one's own.
- Cheating is knowingly giving, receiving, acquiring, or possessing information to be used for academic evaluation, including tests, term papers, written projects, etc., which has deception as its intent.
- Plagiarism is the use of exact words phrases, or sentences of another person without proper documentation.
- Plagiarism is paraphrasing information used by another person (facts, opinions, ideas, or language) without proper documentation.
Examples of Academic Dishonesty
Examples of cheating and plagiarism may include, but are not restricted to the following: submission of a term paper which was downloaded from an Internet resource as one's own work; turning in a written project which includes a paragraph written by another student without giving that student proper credit within the documentation of the project; copying information from another person's exam; copying a few words or paraphrasing an idea from an article or interview without proper bibliographic citation.
Informing the student
The instructor will remind the student in the course syllabus that this course follows the policy on cheating and plagiarism as found in the student handbook.
Initiating action in cases of cheating and plagiarism
- The instructor, upon discovering an incident of cheating or plagiarism, should be prepared to document the case carefully with appropriate and adequate evidence.
- The instructor will confront and personally discuss the alleged dishonesty with the student.
If the instructor is convinced after this confrontation that the student has been academically dishonest, then the following procedure will be pursued:
- After the instructor has confronted the student and informed him/her of the penalty, the instructor is to inform the VP of Student Services within 24 hours (by the end of the following class day).
- The minimum penalty is 0 (no credit) for the item in question. The maximum penalty is a failing grade in the course.
- Upon notification by the instructor, the VP of Student Services will notify the student of the appeal process within 24 hours.
- Any appeal by the student must be made in writing within 24 hours following notification from the VP of Student Services.
If the student appeals the case, a special committee composed of three faculty/staff and two students, chosen by the VP of Student Services, will review the case. The committee will determine whether the facts in the case are valid or invalid. The committee's decision is given to the VP of Student Services who then notifies the student and the instructor. If found to be valid, then the penalty is imposed. Should the evidence be invalid, the instructor will give the student full credit for the item in question.
The VP of Student Services will inform the student in writing of the decision of the special appeal committee.
Once it is determined that said student(s) is guilty of cheating or plagiarism either by confession or by the appeal committee, the VP of Student Services may impose further disciplinary sanctions.
If the allegation is sustained by the special appeal committee, the student may appeal the decision to the President within 24 hours after notification by the VP of Student Services. Any decision of the President is final.
All information is to be held in confidence. Upon graduation of the student from Concordia, any written reports will be removed from the student's file.
This policy will be published in the appropriate university publications.
The Student Government, Student Senate, and VP of Student Services shall seek out evaluative comments each year from members of the Concordia community.