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Department of History Policy on Academic Misconduct

The purpose of a university education is to learn. Cheating, plagiarizing, and other acts of dishonesty do not contribute to learning. They are, rather, attempts to avoid learning that defeat the very purpose of education.

You owe it to yourself and your reputation as a student to be well informed as to what constitutes plagiarism and to avoid even the suspicion that you are guilty of it: Using sources properly to avoid plagiarism.

Definitions, procedures, appeals, and sanctions

The Department of History at The University of Memphis bases its academic misconduct policy on the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Definitions

1. Plagiarism. The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one's own without proper attribution, or the reuse of one's own academic work previously submitted for academic credit at any academic institution (including the University of Memphis).

2. Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours.

3. Fabrication. Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

4. Any attempt to interfere or tamper with the academic work of another student.

5. Unauthorized sale and/or distribution of course notes or other course materials. Any sale, delivery or distribution of course materials without the consent of the author and/or the course instructor.

NOTE: Papers, reviews, projects, and other written work submitted for credit in another class either at The University of Memphis or elsewhere may not be submitted for credit in any class within the Department of History. The Department regards the submission of such work as academic misconduct, an attempt to earn credit for work that was not actually done for the class, and it will result in the same sanctions as prescribed for other academic misconduct.

Procedures

For a concise summary of the procedures: Academic Misconduct Allegation Process

An instructor who believes a student has committed an act of academic misconduct shall notify the student in writing of the basis for the belief and allow the student five (5) business days to respond to the allegation. The student shall respond to the allegation by scheduling a meeting with the instructor to discuss the matter. After meeting with the student to review the alleged misconduct, the instructor has two options: (a) the instructor may make a decision regarding appropriate action, or (b) they may refer the matter to the Academic Integrity Committee.

A. Summary Discipline- If, after the student has had the opportunity to respond to the alleged violation, the instructor finds sufficient evidence exists to conclude that a violation did occur, the instructor may make a decision regarding the appropriate penalty. The instructor may issue a failing or diminished grade for the course or issue a failing or diminished grade on the assignment or examination in question. The instructor will communicate their decision to the Chair of the Department within five (5) business days of their meeting with the student. After receiving notice of the action taken, the Chair will then notify the student of the instructor's decision within five (5) business days.

B. Academic Integrity Committee- Rather than making a decision, the instructor may instead choose to defer disciplinary action to the Academic Integrity Committee. At this meeting, both the student and the instructor will be present to provide information to support their case. The Academic Integrity Committee may issue a failing or diminished grade for the course or issue a failing or diminished grade on the assignment or examination in question.

At the conclusion of the disciplinary process, all decisions regarding acts of academic misconduct will be communicated to the Office of Student Conduct.

Once a student has been accused of an act of academic misconduct, the student may not drop or withdraw from the class until such time as the matter has been resolved.

In cases where more than one student is suspected of academic misconduct, each student's case will be adjudicated separately.
Students found responsible for multiple acts of academic misconduct may be subject to further disciplinary action. See the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Appeals of Academic Integrity Violations

A student found responsible by their instructor for act(s) of academic misconduct may seek a review by the Chair of the Department. A request for such a review must be submitted (in writing) within five (5) business days of receipt of notice of the instructor's decision. During this review, the student and instructor will present information to support their case. After reviewing the material presented by the instructor and the student, the Chair may:

Uphold the action taken by the instructor, or
Modify the action taken by the instructor.

Following this review, the student may request an appeal of the decision of the Department Chair by submitting a letter of appeal (in writing) to the Academic Integrity Committee within five (5) business days of the Department Chair's review meeting. The Office of Student Conduct will then schedule an appeal hearing before the Academic Integrity Committee.

In cases where the faculty member has deferred disciplinary action to the Academic Integrity Committee, a student may appeal the original jurisdiction decision of the Academic Integrity Committee by submitting a letter of appeal (in writing) to the University Committee on Student Conduct within five (5) business days of being notified of the Academic Integrity Committee's decision. The Office of Student Conduct will then schedule an appeal hearing before the University Committee on Student Conduct.

A student may appeal a grade assignment for course work not associated with a finding of academic misconduct (as distinct from a student disciplinary sanction) through the appropriate University grade appeal procedures.

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