Standards of Academic Honesty

The University views the moral and ethical education of its students as being equal in importance to their intellectual development. The codes of conduct and ethical habits individuals practice as students are likely to guide them for their entire lives. As a consequence, a significant part of the University’s mission is to support in its students a belief in the importance of personal honesty and integrity and a strong commitment to high standards in those areas. In all of their academic pursuits, Mount Union students are expected to be responsible members of the academic community. Unless clearly documented with citations indicating otherwise, all academic work is expected to be the student’s own. Plagiarism and/or any other form of cheating or dishonesty will subject the student involved to sanctions ranging from failure of an assignment to possible suspension or dismissal from the University. Instances to which this standard will be applied include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Any academic work presented as the student’s own must be solely the work of that student.
  • Any student’s work which uses ideas, information, or language from other sources must give appropriate credit to such other sources according to rules for proper source documentation, or the documentation style required by the discipline as noted by the professor of the class.
  • A student may not knowingly give to or receive from another any unauthorized assistance with examinations, papers and/or other assignments.
  • A student may not submit academic work, or any part of academic work, completed for one course as work for another course without the expressed prior approval of both instructors.
  • A student may not destroy, damage, alter, or unfairly interfere with access to the University’s educational resources and materials.
  • A student may not knowingly subvert or otherwise interfere with the academic work of another.
  • A student may not falsify or misrepresent research or laboratory data or observations.
  • A student may not violate the authorial integrity of computer software through plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, or trade secret and copyright violations.

Depending upon the severity of the infraction and the circumstances of the situation, cases of academic dishonesty may result in sanctions ranging from failure of an assignment up to and including dismissal from the University. Having determined that an infraction has occurred, an instructor may immediately impose sanctions according to the stated policies of the course syllabus. In addition, any instructor who suspects or has determined that a case of academic dishonesty has occurred will present the evidence to the department chair and then to the Associate Academic Dean, Curriculum and Student Academic Issues, in the Office of Academic Affairs, who may impose additional sanctions as deemed appropriate. A student who wishes to do so may appeal the decision of the instructor or the Associate Academic Dean by way of a petition to the Academic Policies Committee. Should the Associate Academic Dean feel the evidence of academic dishonesty warrants possible suspension or dismissal, the Associate Academic Dean will convene a hearing committee consisting of two faculty members from the Academic Policies Committee and one student to be appointed by Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Associate Academic Dean. The hearing committee will review the evidence as outlined in the student handbook under “Academic Dishonesty Hearing Process”, make a determination regarding the student’s responsibility for the alleged violation, and assign appropriate sanctions, if the student is found responsible. A student who wishes to appeal a decision of the hearing committee may do so by following the process described in the appeals section of the “Student Disciplinary Process” in the Student Handbook.

Petitions and Appeals Regarding Non-Disciplinary Academic Matters

Any student with a concern about a non-disciplinary academic matter (for example, the assignment of a grade or the substitution of a course) should attempt to resolve the matter with the instructor, if one is involved, or the department chair. If the matter then remains unresolved, the student may submit a petition to the Academic Policies Committee for review. Petition forms and information are available from the Office of the Registrar. The student may appeal decisions of the Academic Policies Committee to the Associate Academic Dean of the University. The student must submit a written request for an appeal to the Office of Academic Affairs no later than five business days following the notification of the committee’s decision. The Dean’s decision is final.


2016-17 University of Mount Union Academic Honesty Policy:

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