- Know and comply with the AUC Code of Academic Ethics.
- Pledge their commitment by signing the AUC Code of Academic Ethics Agreement.
- Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in all of the faculty member’s own work.
- Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity by refusing to tolerate violations of the AUC Code of Academic Ethics.
- Report any suspected violation of the code to an appropriate faculty, administrator or student judicial board member.
- Foster an atmosphere of academic integrity among colleagues, students and staff.
- Respect the rights of others, which includes the obligation to refrain from behavior that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the AUC community.
- Take the necessary steps to apply the Code of Academic Ethics to the circumstances of their courses. These might include (but are not limited to):
- Specify conditions for collaborative course work including working in groups, with lab partners, doing homework and any other submitted work
- Give clear guidelines or instructions concerning course requirements and policy
- Maintain the security and integrity of exams, including proctoring examinations and quizzes properly
- Give students a reasonable time to finish exams or coursework
- Make students aware of academic integrity and creating an atmosphere of trust during exams
- Make fair and adequate evaluations of all work submitted by students. Varying course materials sufficiently and regularly to discourage dishonest academic behavior
- Secure electronic materials from unauthorized access
- Act as a role model by citing sources properly in lectures and talking about how citation shows respect for other scholars
As stated in the university catalog: "An instructor has full authority to deal with an academic dishonesty incident within the context of his/her course. Disciplinary action may cover the range from a reprimand to "F" for the course grade. The instructor may also recommend suspension or dismissal from the University. The instructor's action on incidents of academic integrity must be communicated to the student(s) involved as well as to the Academic Integrity Office within two weeks of the time the instructor became aware of the incident.”
Dropping a Course
Students who have either a pending case or have been found to have violated the Code of Academic Ethics are not permitted to drop the course. As such, faculty are asked not to sign withdrawal forms. Drop requests that get as far as the registrar's office will be denied. Students are not dropped from a course until they receive confirmation of the drop via email. Students are responsible for all work missed should they stop attending before the confirmation of the drop.
Grades and Repeating a Course
Students who are found guilty of academic dishonesty will have the grade in the course of the violation a permanent part of their GPA. Students who receive a grade of D+, D, or F are permitted to retake the course. In these instances, the original grade will remain and average with the new grade in the GPA. The full policy can be found in the university catalog under the section: "Retaking Courses Outside of the Course Repeat Policy."
Turnitin.com is an excellent resource that allows students and instructors to have access to a number of electronic tools that can help improve academic writing. It can allow for peer editing of papers, instructor feedback, grading, and more. It also allows students and instructors to check if a student’s paper has similarities to other student’s papers, internet sources, books, journals, and more. A high similarity score can indicate important problems in writing, such as plagiarism and excessive use of sources or quoting.
It is important that all cases be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee. While faculty are given the right to address cases as appropriate, reporting to the AIC serves multiple purposes. First, it ensures that there is continuity in the application of university policies related to academic dishonesty, such as ensuring courses are not repeated with impunity. Second, it allows for the monitoring of violations. This serves two purposes:
- It allows for the monitoring of trends
- It allows for harsher sanctions for students who are repeat violators
- Use these steps to submit an incident report.
- The case will be submitted to the Academic Integrity Office.
- It is the Academic Integrity Office’s responsibility to investigate and conduct a hearing for the student to explain his/her point of view to the Academic Integrity Committee.
- The decision is made by the committee and a sanction is decided.
- Those with a need to know will be informed of the decision.