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Academic Integrity at BGSU: Academic Code

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Code of Academic Conduct at BGSU

BGSU has a Code of Academic Conduct. It is sometimes referred to as the Academic Honesty Policy. For the official and complete version of this policy you should refer to the Student Handbook  "Codes of Conduct".

For the purposes of this tutorial, we have gotten permission from Student Affairs to replicate two sections from this policy as it appears in the BGSU Student Handbook for educational purposes. Section 1.C. listed below contains the definitions of academically dishonest behaviors. Section 2.F. listed below contains the definitions of the various sanctions should a student be caught violating this policy. You are encouraged to read the official policy posted at the URL listed above in full.

Definitions of Academic Honesty Violations

This list is not exhaustive of possible violations of this policy. These definitions are based on Gehring, Nuss, Pavela, “Issues and Perspectives on Academic Integrity,” published in 1986 by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Inc., and on the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, 1998, the trustees of Indiana University. Lack of intent shall not be a defense against a charge of violating this policy. That is, it shall not be necessary to prove intent for a person to be in violation of this policy. Unawareness of the policy is not a defense.


1. Cheating
Using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work more than once without permission, or using another person as a substitute to take an examination or quiz.

2. Forgery
Altering a score, grade, schedule change form or academic record; forging an instructor’s or another student’s signature.

3. Bribery/Threats
Offering a bribe or making a threat or coercion related to a grade or an academic exercise.

4. Fabrication
Falsification or invention of any information, data, research or citation in an academic exercise.

5. Plagiarism
Representing as one’s own in any academic exercise the words or ideas of another including but not limited to quoting or paraphrasing without proper citation.

6. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
Helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.

Definitions of Sanctions

Sanctions vary depending on if violations were discovered before or after graduation and depending on whether the student is an undergraduate student or a graduate student. Possible sanctions and a definition of each include:
 

1. Expulsion
Administrative withdrawal from the University with no provision for readmission. The student shall be withdrawn from all courses. A grade of “WF” shall be assigned as a sanction for the course in which the offense occurred. Grades of “WP” or “WF” shall be assigned to all other courses in accordance with University policy governing such grades.

 

2. Dismissal
Administrative withdrawal from the University for a stated period of time not less than one year. The student shall be withdrawn from all courses. A grade of “WF” shall be assigned as a sanction for the course in which the offense occurred. Grades of “WP” or “WF” shall be assigned to all other courses in accordance with the University policy governing such grades. After the time has elapsed, the student may apply for readmission on the same basis as any student entering from another school. The student is subject to all regulations dealing with his or her status at the time of dismissal, e.g. academic warning.

 

3. Suspension
Administrative withdrawal from the University for a stated period of time not more than one year. The student shall be withdrawn from all courses. A grade of “WF” shall be assigned as a sanction for the course in which the offense occurred. Grades of “WP” or “WF” shall be assigned to all other courses in accordance with the University policy governing such grades. After the time has elapsed, the student may be readmitted. The student is subject to all regulations dealing with his or her academic status at the time of suspension, e.g. academic warning. Suspension under this policy is different from academic suspension.

 

4. Suspended Sanction
Any of the three penalties stated above may be totally or partially suspended. In this case, a student who subsequently violates the Academic Honesty Policy is subject not only to the sanction prescribed for that subsequent offense, but also to the suspended portion of the previously imposed sanction.

 

5. Withdrawal fro the course
The student shall be assigned a grade of “WF” as a sanction for the course in which the offense occurred.

 

6. Partial or no credit on an examination or assignment 
Credit shall be determined in accordance with practices of the instructor.

Violations discovered BEFORE graduation

Violations discovered AFTER graduation