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Honesty in all matters is a valued principle at JudsonUniversity. Members of this community of learners-students,faculty, staff, and administrators-are expected to treat each otheras trustworthy, honest, and honorable. Any form of academicdishonesty, which includes cheating, plagiarism, and falsificationof documents, constitutes a serious breach of trust. No form ofacademic dishonesty will be tolerated. Plagiarism is the useof another's words, information or ideas without giving credit tothat person. This includes copying, quoting, paraphrasing, ortaking an idea from published or broadcast material or from anotherindividual. Plagiarism is dishonest and can be illegal. It is thestudent's responsibility to be careful and meticulous when takingnotes and documenting sources. Unintentional plagiarism may stillbe considered stealing someone else's work or misrepresenting it asone's own. Further, it is the responsibility of the student tofollow the appropriate style of documentation as determined by theinstructor or program. If the student has any questions regardingthe appropriate style of documentation, the student must be certainto ask his or her instructor. Further instruction isavailable at the library.
For reasons of both efficiency and charity, any appeal should bepursued 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 beobserved through any and all appeal steps.
Upon discovery of evidence of dishonesty, cheating, orplagiarism by a student, the instructor will notify that studentvia their university email account of the infraction.Theinstructor may also schedule a meeting with the student eitherprior or subsequent to the official notification via email.Students are responsible for checking their university emailaccount until all course grades are submitted or the appeal processis concluded.
If a student is found guilty of his/her first offense ofplagiarism, he/she will be required to attend a plagiarism seminarled by a qualified person appointed by the institution. The studentmust attend this seminar within six months of the incidence ofplagiarism. Failure to attend will result in further disciplinaryaction. The student will also be charged a fee.
As a Christian community, all Judson University personnel liveunder 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.
If a student has appealed to the faculty member and disagreeswith the faculty member's decision that student has, without fearof penalty or reprisal, the right to pursue one or more of thefollowing appeal steps:
If the student's concern is not resolved after communicatingwith the faculty member, he/she may appeal in writing to theappropriate Dean of the School within two days of receiving awritten response from the faculty member. The Dean of theSchool will send a written report to the Registrar once aresolution has been reached.
If the student's concern is not resolved after appealing to theDean of the School, the Chief Academic Office may hear his/herappeal. The CAO will notify the student of thefinal decision and send a written report to the Registrar.
Should there be a second offense of dishonesty, cheating, orplagiarism, in the same course or in any other course, the studentmay be dismissed from the University and, in the case of fraud,appropriate legal action will be taken.
The Registrar will, upon receipt of resolution documentation,notify the appropriate parties.
Virginia L. GuthAssociate Vice President for Student Success/University RegistrarMaria L. AguirreAssistant to the RegistrarGraduate ProgramsStudy Abroad ProgramsCommencement
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