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  • Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

    Honesty in all matters is a valued principle at Judson
    University. Members of this community of learners-students,
    faculty, staff, and administrators-are expected to treat each other
    as trustworthy, honest, and honorable. Any form of academic
    dishonesty, which includes cheating, plagiarism, and falsification
    of documents, constitutes a serious breach of trust. No form of
    academic dishonesty will be tolerated. Plagiarism is the use
    of another's words, information or ideas without giving credit to
    that person. This includes copying, quoting, paraphrasing, or
    taking an idea from published or broadcast material or from another
    individual. Plagiarism is dishonest and can be illegal. It is the
    student's responsibility to be careful and meticulous when taking
    notes and documenting sources. Unintentional plagiarism may still
    be considered stealing someone else's work or misrepresenting it as
    one's own. Further, it is the responsibility of the student to
    follow the appropriate style of documentation as determined by the
    instructor or program. If the student has any questions regarding
    the appropriate style of documentation, the student must be certain
    to ask his or her instructor. Further instruction is
    available at the library.

    Documentation of Appeal Process

    For reasons of both efficiency and charity, any appeal should be
    pursued as close in time to the alleged unfair event as possible.
    Any appeal must be documented by all involved parties.
    Standard rules of evidence and strict confidentiality will be
    observed through any and all appeal steps.

    INITIAL ACTION (Step One)

    Upon discovery of evidence of dishonesty, cheating, or
    plagiarism by a student, the instructor will notify that student
    via their university email account of the infraction.The
    instructor may also schedule a meeting with the student either
    prior or subsequent to the official notification via email.
    Students are responsible for checking their university email
    account until all course grades are submitted or the appeal process
    is concluded.

    1. The student will have an opportunity to appeal the charge in
      writing within two business days of the receipt of the email
      notification from the instructor. This appeal to the instructor
      must be submitted to the instructor via university emailIf the
      instructor concludes student is guilty of dishonesty, cheating, or
      plagiarism, a written incident report will be sent to the Registrar
      who will notify the Dean of the appropriate college. The
      instructor of the course has the discretion to administer either or
      both options below:
      1. Assess a 0 or F for the paper, assignment, or exam
      2. Assess an additional 10% penalty against the student's
        final grade.

    Once the course of action has been decided, the professor will
    notify the student via email, and a follow-up written report will
    be sent to the Registrar's office.

    Plagiarism Seminar Requirement

    If a student is found guilty of his/her first offense of
    plagiarism, he/she will be required to attend a plagiarism seminar
    led by a qualified person appointed by the institution. The student
    must attend this seminar within six months of the incidence of
    plagiarism. Failure to attend will result in further disciplinary
    action. The student will also be charged a fee.

    APPEALING A DECISION

    As a Christian community, all Judson University personnel live
    under the authority of biblical standards and the direction of the
    Holy Spirit, sharing mutual accountability for ethical and just
    behavior. As a human community, we will make mistakes. Students
    at Judson University have the right to appeal academic decisions.

    Appeal Process

    If a student has appealed to the faculty member and disagrees
    with the faculty member's decision that student has, without fear
    of penalty or reprisal, the right to pursue one or more of the
    following appeal steps:

    Appeal to the Dean of the School (Step Two)

    If the student's concern is not resolved after communicating
    with the faculty member, he/she may appeal in writing to the
    appropriate Dean of the School within two days of receiving a
    written response from the faculty member. The Dean of the
    School will send a written report to the Registrar once a
    resolution has been reached.

    Appeal to Chief Academic Officer (Step Three)

    If the student's concern is not resolved after appealing to the
    Dean of the School, the Chief Academic Office may hear his/her
    appeal. The CAO will notify the student of the
    final decision and send a written report to the Registrar.

    Second Offense

    Should there be a second offense of dishonesty, cheating, or
    plagiarism, in the same course or in any other course, the student
    may be dismissed from the University and, in the case of fraud,
    appropriate legal action will be taken.

    Action by the Registrar

    The Registrar will, upon receipt of resolution documentation,
    notify the appropriate parties.

    1. Library staff if the student is required to take the
      seminar
    2. Student Development
    3. Dean of the school in which the student is studying


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