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
- 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:
- Assess a 0 or F for the paper, assignment, or exam
- Assess an additional 10% penalty against the student's
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.
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.
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.
- Library staff if the student is required to take the
- Student Development
- Dean of the school in which the student is studying