SNU seeks to support and promote qualities of academic honesty and personal integrity in all aspects of life. Serious offenses against the SNU community include cheating, plagiarism, and all forms of academic dishonesty. Cheating or academic dishonesty is defined as the deception to others about one’s own work or about the work of another.
Academic Integrity Policy
Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting another’s work as one’s own work or allowing another student to submit one’s work as though it were his or hers.
- Failure to properly acknowledge authorities quoted, cited, or consulted in the preparation of written work (plagiarism).
- The use of a textbook, notes, information on the internet, etc. during an examination without permission of the instructor.
- The receiving or giving of unauthorized help on assignments.
- Tampering with experimental data to obtain a “desired” result or cheating results for experiments not done (dry labbing).
- Tampering with or destroying the work of others.
- Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the present instructor.
- Lying about these or other academic matters.
- Falsifying college records, forms, or other documents.
- Unauthorized access of computer systems or files.
Academic dishonesty in a computer assignment will be suspected if an assignment that calls for independent work results in two or more solutions so similar that one can be converted to another by a mechanical transformation (Policy in the Undergraduate Catalog).
Academic Integrity Enforcement
Students who are guilty of academic integrity violations such as these can expect to be penalized; any student who knowingly assists another student in dishonest behavior is equally responsible.
Faculty members are required to communicate with students involved in an integrity issue and are required to report all infractions of the integrity policy using the Academic Integrity Violation Reporting Form. Subsequent violations at any point in the students academic career will result in the involvement of the VPAA for Professional and Graduate Studies or the Provost and penalties up to and including dismissal from the university may be applied.
Any SNU personnel discovering violations of these policies should report to their direct supervisor, who will report incidents to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Violations of these policies will be dealt with in the same manner as violations of other SNU policies and will result in disciplinary review. In such a review, the full range of disciplinary sanctions is available. This includes, but is not limited to, immediate dismissal from SNU (Policy in the Undergraduate Catalog).