William Woods University, founded on the principle of honesty, has long endeavored to maintain an atmosphere of academic integrity. In all academic work, it is important that the ideas and contributions of others be appropriately acknowledged, and that work that is presented as original is, in fact, original.
Ensuring the honesty and fairness of the intellectual environment at William Woods University is a responsibility shared by the entire campus community.
Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of honesty in their behavior. The following are examples of dishonest behavior and violations of the principle of academic integrity. These are examples and do not exhaust all conduct that could constitute violations of this academic integrity policy. Students are expected to refrain from:
1. Plagiarism. You commit plagiarism by taking someone else’s ideas, works, or other types of work product and presenting them as your own. You can avoid plagiarism by using proper methods of documentation and acknowledgement.
2. Self-Plagiarism. You commit self-plagiarism by submitting the same work for more than one assignment or course without explicitly obtaining permission from all instructors. You also commit self-plagiarism by taking your own ideas, works, or other types of work products previously presented without including proper methods of documentation and acknowledgement.
3. Cheating. You must not receive or provide any unauthorized assistance during an examination. During an examination, you may use only materials authorized by the instructor. Cheating also includes attempting to gain an unfair advantage concerning academic work, including but not limited to:
a. Unauthorized use of material, equipment and technology such as a calculator, advanced calculator, cellular/mobile phone or other electronic device, tablet, lap-top or the like.
b. Unauthorized removal of material from a University room or service area or defacing such material.
c. Leaving the test area/room without permission from the instructor or proctor.
4. Collaboration. Engaging in any academic work that is the product of joint effort, either inside or outside the classroom, not authorized by the instructor.
5. Fabrication. You commit fabrication when you present as fact, those things that are untrue, intentionally false or are fabricated with no supporting information or data. It is dishonest to fabricate or falsify data in laboratory experiments, research papers, reports, or other circumstances; fabricate source material in a bibliography or “Works Cited”/”References” list; or provide false information on a résumé or other document in connection with academic efforts.
6. Engaging in other forms of deceit or dishonesty. Do not request, or have others request on your behalf, any academic benefit, including an extension of time, a better grade, or a recommendation from an instructor when the request is based on false information or deception.
7. Do not engage in any other form of academic misconduct not covered here. If you are ever in doubt, ask your instructor for guidance.
Owing to the diversity of programs across the University, faculty retain the latitude to make their own determinations as to the severity of any act of academic dishonesty they may encounter.
Faculty are required to report incidents of student academic dishonesty so that the incident may be handled in a consistent, fair manner, and so that substantiated charges of misconduct may be noted in the student’s record.
Faculty procedures for filing a complaint based on a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy
1. When a faculty member suspects that a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred, they should gather all relevant documentation required to substantiate the incident. Such documentation may include:
a. Original document such as the term paper, homework assignment, exam, etc. where the alleged violation of the Academic Integrity Policy occurred.
b. Copies of notes, cheat sheets, similar papers, Turnitin reports, web sources or any other available sources that substantiate incidents in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
c. First-hand observation. If the faculty member observes an act in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, they should prepare a letter of record describing the action they observed, when they observed the action and where the action was observed.
d. Admission of a violation. If a faculty member receives an admission from a student, they should prepare a record of the conversation.
2. The faculty member, in case of an appeal or board hearing, should maintain all documentation pertaining to the incident to include a timeline of events.
3. The faculty member should inform the student that a violation of this policy has occurred, what that violation is and what action the faculty member will take.
4. The sanction for violation of the Academic Integrity Policy shall be determined by the severity of the violation. The faculty member has the discretion to determine the following sanctions:
a. For a first occurrence in violation of this policy, a faculty member may:
i. Provide a written or verbal warning to the student.
ii. Require the student to re-do the assignment.
iii. Provide reduced credit for the assignment.
iv. Provide a failing grade for the assignment.
v. Other such remedy as deemed appropriate by the faculty member.
b. For a first occurrence that is considered severe or a second occurrence in violation of this policy, a faculty member will provide a failing grade for the course.
5. Regardless of the action taken by a faculty member, they are required to complete and submit an Academic Integrity Violation Form, available through Owlnet, which describes the incident and actions taken.
6. If an allegation is determined to be valid, a copy of that determination shall be retained with the student’s official academic records. If a suspension or expulsion occurs, that shall be recorded on the student’s transcript.
7. If an allegation is determined to be valid, sponsors of student organizations, coaches of athletic teams and committees who manage honors scholarships and performance awards will be notified so they can determine any internal sanction based upon their organizational guidelines.
Student / Staff Responsibility
If a student or member of the University staff observes others violating this policy, he/she is strongly encouraged to report the misconduct for further investigation.
Student and staff procedures for filing a complaint based on a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy
Any member of the University community may file a complaint alleging a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
1. Any complaint will be in writing and will provide sufficient information for a review of the alleged violation.
2. The written complaint will be submitted to the School Director, Academic Dean or their appointed designee within ten (10) calendar days of the discovery of the alleged violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
3. If submitted directly to the Academic Dean, the Academic Dean will forward the complaint to the appropriate School Director or appointed designee for review.
4. The School Director or their appointed designee will review the allegation and if it appears credible, they will inform the accused student and the related faculty member that further investigation is warranted.
5. The School Director or their appointed designee will promptly investigate the allegations. If the allegations are considered valid, the School Director or appointed designee will recommend that the Academic Dean refer the incident to the Student Academic Honesty Board or the Academic Honesty Board for final disposition.