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Academic Honesty

Neumann University highly values honesty. Honesty with self and others is an essential condition of Christian Humanism. An environment which is characterized by honesty is necessary if the following broad objectives of the University are to flourish.

• To place the quest for truth as the highest value.

• To encourage a cultured response to the aesthetic treasures of the past, present, and the promise of the future.

• To sharpen social awareness and responsibilities to the needs of others.

• To provide a solid foundation for graduate study.

• To prepare for intelligent, competent, dedicated service to the professions.

Honesty is expected in all aspects of living. It is, however, neither possible nor desirable for others to monitor honesty in all of its dimensions. This activity is the primary task of the individual for personal benefit to fellow human beings — all made in the image of their Creator.

There are, however, specific acts of dishonesty, defined on the following pages, which Neumann University has identified as academic infractions which are subject to specific sanctions.


Acts of Academic Dishonesty

Plagiarism is defined as using, in a written or oral assignment or project, the ideas or words of another without acknowledging the source.

Most commonly, plagiarism occurs when a student:
1. Repeats without quotation marks an idea using the words of the author.

2. Paraphrases an author’s idea without indicating the source.

3. Presents the line of thought of an author as if it were his/her own.

Safeguards against intentional or unintentional plagiarism are accurate note-taking in research and honesty in acknowledging the source of materials which are incorporated into an assignment or project.

Cheating is defined as:
1. The copying of tests, lab reports, assignments, term papers, projects, and the like.

2. Presenting another person’s work or purchased work as one’s own.

3. Stealing, using, or transmitting, verbally or otherwise, actual tests or test questions.

4. Collaborating during testing (unless permitted by the instructor).

5. Using notes during testing (unless permitted by the instructor).

6. Submitting the same work or essentially the same work for assignments in different
classes without approval from the instructor.

7. Dry-labbing which includes:
a. obtaining and using experimental data from other students or sources without the
instructor’s permission;

b. fabricating data to fit the expected results; and/or

c. utilizing data from other sections or previous terms of the course.

Misrepresentation of Fact
Misrepresentation of fact is defined as:
1. Fabricating records.

2. Changing grades.

3. Misrepresenting course descriptions for credit.

4. Furnishing false information for records.

5. Misrepresenting one’s fulfillment of a course assignment.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
Facilitating academic dishonesty is defined as willfully assisting another in any act of plagiarism or any other act of academic dishonesty.

Sanctions for Academic Dishonesty
The Office of Academic Affairs monitors all instances of academic dishonesty throughout the University. Faculty members’ responsibilities are described below.
Dishonest actions in any student learning practicum, rotation, or cooperative education experience may result in immediate dismissal from the program of study of which it is a part and/or from the University.

I. Faculty members are required to respond to acts of academic dishonesty within a specific course in the following manner:

A. For the First Infraction, the faculty member should:
1. Meet with the student to discuss the degree of his/her culpability.

2. Make a determination for the resolution of the specific situation, e.g., rewrites of
the paper, lower grade of the paper, failure for the paper, etc.

3. Document the situation and its resolution.

4. Have the student sign and date the document and its resolution.

5. Send original documentation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and
retain a copy.

B. For the Second Infraction, the faculty member should:
1. Fail the student for the course.

2. Document the situation and its resolution.

3. Have the student sign and date the document.

4. Send original documentation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and
retain a copy.

If the student does not cooperate with any step of this policy, i.e., refuses to meet with the faculty member or to sign the document, the student will be required to meet with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the faculty member. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the University.

II. If a student has been reported for academic dishonesty in more than one course, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will:

1. Meet with the student to discuss the situation.

2. Issue a written warning to the student, outlining the consequences of any future
occurrence of academic dishonesty which normally would include the dismissal of
the student from the University.

3. Document the proceedings.



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