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How can I avoid legal risks when reporting academic dishonesty?
Acts of alleged academic dishonesty should be reported in accordance with established procedures and evidence must be submitted to support the claim. Basic due process procedures call for documenting the act in a professional manner, submitting the evidence, advising the student of procedures, providing the student an opportunity to present his/her explanation both verbally and in writing, informing the student of the action taken, and adhering to other procedures that may be in place (reporting on official form, departmental review of report, etc.).Faculty Handbook Appendix A: Academic Dishonesty
Grade penalties imposed as a result of academic dishonesty are entirely up to the instructor to recommend and are ultimately the decision of the dean of the college or school in which the incident occured. A student may appeal the charge of academic dishonesty and/or the penalty imposed in accordance with the procedure outlined in Student Appeals and Grievences or with a procedure developed by the department, college or school in which the course is offered.
Syllabus statements addressing academic dishonesty
Below are some sample syllabus statements concerning academic dishonesty:
1. College of Forestry
You will be expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner. Academic dishonesty such as plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated. Therefore, students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Academic dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of deception in one of the following areas:
* cheating- use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids, * fabrication- falsification or invention of any information, * assisting- helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty, * tampering- altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents, or * plagiarism- representing the words or ideas of another person as one's own.
For more information about academic integrity and the University's policies and procedures in this area, please refer to the Student Conduct web site at: http://www.orst.edu/admin/stucon/achon.htm and the section on Academic Regulations in the OSU Schedule of Classes.
Please note: The Department of Geosciences follows the university rules on civility and honesty. These can be found at Civility and Honesty Cheating or plagiarism by students is subject to the disciplinary process outlined in the Student Conduct Regulations. Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Academic dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of deception in one of the following areas:
cheating--use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids
fabrication--falsification or invention of any information
assisting--helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty
tampering--altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents
plagiarism--representing the words or ideas of another person as one's own
Behaviors disruptive to the learning environment will not be tolerated and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action. "The goal of Oregon State University is to provide students with the knowledge, skill and wisdom they need to contribute to society. Our rules are formulated to guarantee each student freedom to learn and to protect the fundamental rights of others. People must treat each other with dignity and respect in order for scholarship to thrive. Behaviors that are disruptive to teaching and learning will not be tolerated, and will be referred to the Student Conduct Program for disciplinary action. Behaviors that create a hostile, offensive or intimidating environment based on gender, race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation will be referred to the Affirmative Action Office."
Honesty and Civility: A plagiarized paper will receive an F and a report will be filed with the Student Conduct Office. Two reports at OSU can lead to suspension or expulsion.
Behaviors that are disruptive to learning will not be tolerated and will be referred to the Student Conduct Office for disciplinary action. These include, for example, talking in class. In keeping with federal law, behaviors that create a hostile, offensive, or intimidating environment based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation will be referred to the Affirmative Action Office. (See "OSU Student Conduct Regulations.")