Delta State University expects all students to adhere to the highest moral academic standards.
Cheating – taking credit for work which has been completed by another person, or assisting others in the misrepresentation of their academic work.
Plagiarism – the appropriation of ideas, facts, phrases, or additional materials from any source without giving proper credit or offering appropriate documentation.
Delta State University expects all students to adhere to the highest moral academic standards. Unethical and dishonest behavior will not be tolerated and could invoke severe penalties. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, forgery, and/or any misuse of university documents whether academic or administrative, tampering with any admission requirement documents to gain entrance into the university under a false pretense, selling or distributing written or oral information, and stealing, buying, or selling any administrative or academic document.
Cheating – taking credit for work which has been completed by another person, or assisting others in the misrepresentation of their academic work. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
Plagiarism – the appropriation of ideas, facts, phrases, or additional materials (such as maps, charts, artwork, or computer programs) from any source without giving proper credit or offering appropriate documentation. Any material in a paper, report, artwork, or computer program which is not acknowledged is understood to be the original work of the author, unless the material is considered general knowledge. Students who are unsure whether they have used and documented source material correctly should consult with their instructor prior to submission of the assignment.
PENALTIES FOR DISHONESTY
Multiple violations will be the purview of the Academic Honesty Committee. This committee may recommend additional and/or combined sanctions, up to and including suspension or dismissal from the university. The Academic Honesty Committee shall report to the Provost/VPAA. If the recommended sanction is dismissal, the provost shall inform the president, and the president shall direct the registrar to inform the student of the recommendation of the dismissal. In each case, copies of the notification of a recommended sanction shall be sent by the registrar to the faculty member, the department/division chair, the dean of the school or college in which the course was offered, and if different, the student’s academic dean.
STUDENT APPEAL OF RECOMMENDED SANCTION
The student may appeal the sanction(s) recommended by a faculty member by following the appeal process established in the Academic Grievance Policy already in place, available in the Delta State University Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins (archived on the Academic Affairs web page) and in the Policies Manual (archived at http://www.deltastate.edu/pages/2457.asp).
The student may appeal the sanction(s) recommended by the Academic Honesty Committee to the Provost/VPAA.