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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 

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.


What can Faculty do to help prevent academic dishonesty? 

  • Use the first session of each course to review University standards, define types of academic dishonesty and clarify instructional expectations. Make it clear academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
  • Include in the course syllabus a statement alerting students to expectations and refer them to additional information concerning academic dishonesty on the Student Conduct web site. Sample syllabus statements.
  • Require students to write their names in ink on examination booklets and require proper identification when examinations are turned in.
  • Use a variety of evaluation tools to assess student performance. 
  • Avoid routine procedures such as using the same test each term or year and avoid using the same order for all questions on all copies of examinations.
  • Prohibit students from bringing miscellaneous materials to testing sessions; this includes scratch paper, dictionaries, hats, drink containers and cell phones.
  • Avoid take home examinations or out of class evaluation procedures unless student collaboration is desired.
  • Give different versions of exams to different class sections and avoid giving the same make-up exam.
  • Discuss with departmental office assistants the need for office security and keep examinations, grade books, etc. in a secure location.
  • Give essay tests instead of multiple choice tests when appropriate and when the size of the class permits.
  • Number exam copies and count the total distributed and returned. Also, provide "official" examination booklets, answer sheets and scratch paper, etc.
  • Provide assigned seating in examinations so seat locations can be determined and prearranged groups of students prevented from sitting near each other.
  • Arrange to have examinations sessions carefully and diligently proctored.
  • Advise students that a significant number of completed examinations are photocopied before being returned-this discourages altering examinations for regrading.

 

Syllabus Statement

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.

 

2. GEO300

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."

 

3. WR121:

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.")

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