Manchester University Policy on Academic Dishonesty and Grievance

 

 

Membership in the Manchester University community requires a devotion to the highest principles of academic and personal integrity, a commitment to maintain honor, and a continuous regard for the rights of others. There can be no rights without individual responsibility.

 

Manchester University Faculty are committed to teaching and learning as a career and a profession.  Each instructor is presumed to develop and use methods and techniques which enhance learning and which best fit his or her personality and subject matter area.  At the same time, the instructor is expected to abide by the general principles of responsible teaching which are commonly accepted by the academic profession.  These principles suggest that Faculty keep complete records of student performance and that they develop and apply express, uniform criteria for evaluating student performance.

 

Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study.  While they may reserve judgment about matters of opinion, they are responsible for learning the content of any course in which they are enrolled. At the same time, students are expected to abide by the general principles of academic honesty which are commonly accepted in educational settings.

 

When a student chooses not to follow the general principles of academic honesty, the following policies and procedures will apply.

 

 

Plagiarism

 

Plagiarism is the presentation of information (either written or oral) as one’s own when some or all of the information was derived from some other source.  Specific types of plagiarism encountered in written and oral assignments include the following:

  • Sources have been properly identified, but excerpts have been quoted without proper use of quotation marks; or the material has been slightly modified or rephrased rather than restated in the student’s own words.

  • Key ideas or items of information derived from specific sources that present material that is not common knowledge have been presented without proper identification of the source or sources.

  • Unidentified excerpts from other sources have been woven into the student’s own presentation.

  • A paper or speech may be a mosaic of excerpts from several sources and presented as the student’s own.

  • An entire paper or speech has been obtained from some other source and presented as the student’s own.

  • Texts in another language are translated into English and presented as the student’s own.

 

Cheating

Cheating consists of any unpermitted use of notes, texts or other sources so as to give an unfair advantage to a student in completing a class assignment or an examination.  Intentionally aiding another student engaged in academic dishonesty is also considered cheating. 

Submission of the same work (essay, speech, art piece, etc.) to fulfill assignments in separate classes requires the permission of both faculty members (if both courses are being taken in the same semester), or the permission of the second faculty member (if they are taken during different semesters).

 

Penalties

  • Unintentional Plagiarism.  In cases of plagiarism which no deception is intended (such as ignorance of proper citation of sources), the student should expect a reduction in the paper’s grade; in some cases, the student may be given an option to rewrite the paper. No disciplinary letter will be filed.

  • Deliberate Plagiarism and Cheating.  In cases of deliberate plagiarism, and in all cases of cheating and attempted cheating, the work assigned will be failed.  At the instructor’s discretion, the student may also fail the course (regardless of the grade-weight of the work assigned). 

In either a case of deliberate plagiarism or cheating a disciplinary letter recording the deception will be sent to the student, with copies sent to the vice president and dean for academic affairs, the vice president and dean for student development, and the student’s academic advisor.

Given the incompatibility of deceptive behavior with the integrity of the community, students guilty of academic dishonesty a second time during the course of their academic career are liable to disciplinary probation, suspension, and possible expulsion.  These actions will be initiated by the vice president and dean for academic affairs. The student has the right to appeal probation, suspension or expulsion for Academic Dishonesty to the president (or his/her designee) of the University within five days of the receipt of the probation, suspension or expulsion letter.  The president shall render a final decision.

 

Appeal

Any student who is convinced that he or she has been charged inappropriately with deliberate plagiarism or cheating, or who believes his or her final course grade is inaccurate, has the right to file a grievance. In accordance with established procedures, grievances unrelated to academic performance may be referred directly to the Office of Academic Affairs.

 

Procedures

  1. The student and the professor should discuss the student's grievance, possibly including a mutually agreed upon third party, and make every effort to reach a solution that is satisfactory to the student and the professor.
     

  2. If an agreement cannot be reached, the student will bring the issue to the department chair of the involved Faculty member. Grievances related to academic dishonesty charges must be brought before the department chair as soon as possible and no later than five days following the initial filing of the disciplinary letter. Final course grade grievance must be brought before the Department Chair no later than March 1 for fall semester and January session grades, and October 1 for spring semester and summer session grades.

  1. The chair will request a detailed written summary from each party. 
  2. The chair will inform the vice president and dean for academic affairs of the grievance.
  3. The chair will meet with both parties together, hear their concerns and attempt to resolve the grievance.
  4. If an agreement is reached, the chair will inform the vice president and dean for academic affairs of the result in writing.  The written summaries will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs (see a above).

     Exception: If the involved Faculty member is the department chair, the chair will request that the vice president and dean for academic affairs appoint another full‑time Faculty member from that department to hear the concerns and attempt to resolve the grievance.

  1. If an agreement cannot be reached through the department chair, the student, if he or she wishes, may initiate the formal grievance procedure.
  2. The student will obtain an Academic Grievance form from the Office of Academic Affairs.
  3. The completed form will be forwarded by the student to the Office of Academic Affairs.
  4. The Academic Standards Committee (or their designated representative) will review the grievance only if procedures 1 & 2 have been completed.  The written summaries initially provided to the department chair can be used by the Academic Standards Committee and/or the committee may wish to interview both parties individually.
  5. The Academic Standards Committee will render a final decision.  The decision of the Academic Standards Committee is final and no further appeal procedure shall exist within the University.

Exception: If the involved Faculty member is member of the Academic Standards Committee, the vice president and dean for academic affairs will appoint a full-time Faculty member from the same division to replace the involved Faculty member while the grievance is being reviewed, discussed, and a decision is being made. If the involved Faculty member is the academic dean, the chair of the Academic Standards Committee will request that the president of the College appoint a full-time Faculty member to replace the vice president and dean for academic affairs while the grievance is being reviewed, discussed, and a decision is being made.

 

Further Recommendations

Faculty are urged to include the policy (either in full or in reference) in course syllabi.