Understanding Academic Integrity Policies
The Code of Academic Ethics details the violations that comprise academic integrity. The below policies address the adjudication of violations.
Academic Integrity Policy
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 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 Office of Student Affairs and the office responsible for monitoring academic integrity by her/him within two weeks of the time the instructor became aware of the incident.
All cases of academic dishonesty are to be immediately reported to the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee and to the chair of the instructor’s department. In the case of a recommendation for suspension or dismissal, the Academic Integrity Committee will meet promptly to investigate and submit a recommendation to the provost, who is the final authority.
All students involved in academic dishonesty will receive an official letter of warning from the University administration, a copy of which will remain in the students’ file in the department as well as in the Office of Student Affairs and the office responsible for monitoring academic integrity.
Once the Academic Integrity Committee has given a hearing to the student and submitted its recommendation to the provost, no further appeal may be made unless substantial new evidence is presented to the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee, who will evaluate the evidence and reopen the case if deemed necessary."
Additional Regulations for Graduate Students
As stated in the University Catalog:
"Students who receive an F in any course will normally not be allowed to continue in the University (please refer to the course repeat policy in the following paragraph); a student may also be dismissed from the University if he/she does not complete all requirements within the period specified under "Residence."
With the recommendation of the department and the approval of the school dean, a graduate student may be allowed to repeat one course, except if the grade is received for academic dishonesty."
Dropping a Course (Both Graduate and Undergraduate)
Students who have a pending academic integrity case or who have been found to have violated the Code of Academic Ethics are not permitted to drop the course in which the violation occurred. A hold will be placed on your account pending the outcome of the academic integrity hearing.
Grades and Repeating a Course (For Undergraduate)
Students who have are found guilty of academic dishonesty will have the grade in the course of the violation a permanent part of their grade point average. 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."
Grades resulting from violations of the Code of Academic Ethics are not noted as academic integrity related. If you choose to repeat the course in which the violation occurred, both the original grade and the new grade will appear on your transcript. Other types of violations may be noted. Please see below for more information.
Social Probation and Transcript Notations (For Graduate and Undergraduate)
Students found to have violated AUC's Code of Academic Ethics will be subject to sanctions. All students will be placed on social probation, which prohibits students from acquiring any position of leadership (in student organizations, student government, et cetera), representing the University in any non-academic event (such as sports or club competitions), or studying abroad. Social probation may be noted on your co-curricular transcript. Cases resulting in suspension, dismissal or expulsion will be noted on the academic transcript.