Custodian of Policy: Vice President of Academic Affairs
Relevant Minnesota State System Policy: Board Policy 3.6.1
Effective Date: February 2020
Last Review: Fall 2019
Next Review: 2024
The University expects all students to represent themselves in an honest fashion. In academic work, students are expected to present their original ideas and to give credit for the ideas of others.
Faculty members have academic freedom, which includes the authority to design and develop materials presented in a course along with deciding how to teach the course. Also, faculty members have the authority to evaluate submissions from students to determine what grade is to be given to each student in the course or on a particular activity.
When an instructor has convincing evidence of cheating or plagiarism, the instructor has a variety of options, which may include the following academic outcomes (this list is not exhaustive):
The instructor shall report the incident of academic dishonesty and the academic outcome to the college dean in instances where a failing grade in a course is given solely due to academic dishonesty. The instructor may also choose to report the incident of academic dishonesty and the academic outcome to the college dean for other cases, at the instructor’s discretion. If the instructor, dean, or any other person feels the seriousness of the offense warrants additional action, the incident may also be reported to the Director of Student Conduct and Resolution in the Dean of Students Office who will determine any relevant student conduct outcome.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
It is important that students be provided an opportunity to respond to allegations of academic dishonesty within a reasonable time after the allegations have been made. Modifications can be made to the following, but minimal due process must be satisfied.
Minimal due process requires faculty 1) to tell the student the alleged specific behavior in question and 2) to provide an opportunity for the student to respond to the allegation prior to the faculty member determining an academic outcome. Note: In cases where a student is asked to re-submit an assignment, such as when they have improperly cited a reference, these two criteria are generally met when the instructor asks for an assignment to be corrected and resubmitted. In serious cases, due process will likely be more formal, and in such cases, it is recommended that detailed notes be kept regarding these matters.
When a case is reported to the Dean of Students Office, the Director of Student Conduct and Resolution will follow procedures set out in the Student Conduct Code. After the review of the case and a fair, unbiased hearing, the Director of Student Conduct and Resolution may take disciplinary action if the student is found to be responsible.
A student who has a course grade reduced by an instructor because of cheating or plagiarism, and who disputes the instructor's finding, may appeal the grade, but only by using the Grade Appeal Policy, which states that the student must prove the grade was arbitrary, prejudicial, or in error.
The University is committed to the core value of integrity and mutual respect in our conduct and interactions. The value of a college degree, moreover, depends on the integrity of the work completed by the student.