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DOROTHY AND BILL COHEN HONORS COLLEGE

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Academic Honesty and Academic Appeal

University policy establishes that students who compromise classroom academic integrity/honesty are subject to disciplinary action on the part of the University.  Violations of classroom standards include:

  • Cheating in any form, whether in formal examinations or elsewhere.
  • Plagiarism, using the work of others as one's own without assigning proper credit to the source.
  • Misrepresentation of any work done in the classroom or in preparation for class.
  • Falsification, forgery, or alteration of any documents pertaining to academic records.
  • Disruptive behavior in a course of study or abusiveness toward faculty or fellow students.

(WSU Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 8.05/Student Code of Conduct/Student Conduct Regulations/Academic Dishonesty)

When academic dishonesty is suspected, an instructor will typically use the following procedures: 

a) Instructor should bring the situation to the attention of the student, informing him/her of the instructor's concern and setting up a formal meeting to discuss the issue with the student as soon as possible. The purpose of that meeting is for the instructor to present to the student the evidence of the dishonesty, afford the student the opportunity to respond to the evidence presented, and inform the student of any intended course consequences.

b) If, following the meeting, the instructor no longer suspects academic dishonesty or determines that none occurred, no further action is necessary.

c) If, following the meeting, it appears academic dishonesty may exist, the instructor teaching an “H” department honors course should inform the academic department chair of both the action and consequence, and refer the student to any appeals process outlined in the department or academic college bylaws; the instructor teaching an “HNRS” Honors College course should inform the Honors Dean in a written signed report of both the action and consequence, and refer the student to the appeals process outlined in the Honors College bylaws section 11 (available on the college website).

d) For an “H” department honors course, the department chair will decide if any further consequences are necessary and send the signed report to his/her academic college’s Dean’s office, while also sending a copy to both instructor and student as well. A copy of the notice should also be placed in the student’s academic file kept in each respective department.

Students accused of abridging a standard of academic honesty may utilize established academic appeal procedures. (See the WSU Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 2.17 / Student Academic Honesty.)

University Policy establishes that the Dean shall share her/his decision with the Vice President for Campus Life and University Relations, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, the Dean of the student's School or College (if different) and the faculty member. (2.17 / Student Academic Honesty)

The Student Government Association Student Advocate is available to assist students who feel they have been graded unfairly or have been unfairly accused of cheating, plagiarism or other academic misconduct.