The Board of Regents believes that academic dishonesty is inimical to the fundamental ideas of public higher education. Furthermore, the Board believes that public higher education has a mission to develop the moral reasoning abilities of students and to promote the importance of integrity in all aspects of student life, but particularly in academics. Therefore, it is the policy of the Kansas Board of Regents that student academic dishonesty not be tolerated on the campuses of the Regents institutions.
Board of Regents policy requires that Wichita State University
implement and promote specific policies, procedures, and programs
seek to: (i) identify prohibited academic conduct by students;
educate all students, faculty and administrators with regard to
nature, impact and consequences of student academic dishonesty;
effectively report and seek to reduce such behaviors; (iv) provide
due process for students accused of academic dishonesty; (v) set
clear sanctions, ranging from reprimand to dismissal from the
university, for students who have committed acts of academic
dishonesty; and (vi) implement a comprehensive and integrated plan
promote academic integrity among students, faculty and
1. Opportunities for learning at Wichita State University involve the students' right to express their views and to take reasoned exception to the views of faculty; to examine all questions felt to be appropriate to a course of study; to be protected from improper disclosure or ridicule of their views and beliefs; to be tested and assessed in a fair and impartial manner; and to be treated with dignity and respect. Students are responsible, however, for learning the content of any course of study as outlined by their instructors, regardless of any views or judgments privately held and for demonstrating their attainment and performance regarding a course of study in an honest manner.
2. A standard of academic honesty, fairly applied to all
students, is essential to a learning environment. Students
the integrity of the classroom are subject to disciplinary action
their instructor, their department, their college and/or the
University. Violations of classroom standards of academic
include, but are not limited to:
Students violating such standards must accept the consequences
appropriately assessed penalties, which may include reprimand, a
failing grade, or suspension or dismissal from an academic program
the University. Students accused of abridging a standard of
academic honesty will be provided with mechanisms for review and
of decisions regarding allegations of academic misconduct.
3. The fundamental responsibility for the maintenance of
of academic honesty rests with each student. It is each
responsibility to be familiar with University policy on academic
honesty and to uphold standards of academic honesty at all times
4. Faculty members need to be aware of the possibility of
misconduct, watchful for any instances of academic misconduct and
diligent in addressing those who do not maintain the standards of
5. Faculty members are responsible for clarification to
of the expectations and requirements relative to academic honesty
class assignments or projects. Each faculty member shall
clear to each class the faculty member's individual policy toward
penalties given for breaches of academic honesty.
6. If a faculty member alleges a violation of the
academic honesty, but imposes no academic sanction, no official
follow-up is required. The faculty member should discuss her
his concern with the student and may also provide an opportunity
student to redo the assignment or retake the examination.
7. When a faculty member has reasonable good faith belief
student or students have committed academic misconduct, that
member has the sole discretion to give the student an "F" on the
assignment/test on which the student[s] committed academic
an "F" for the entire course. If the student does not
the allegation, no further action need be taken. If the
wishes to contest the allegation and/or the grade (for the course
the assignment/test), the student shall contact
the Dean of the faculty member's School or College, who will refer
matter for review by an individual appointed by the Dean.
reviewer shall provide a report and recommendations to the Dean
fifteen (15) class days. The Dean shall then have ten (10)
days to act upon the
report and recommendation and the Dean's decision regarding the
(for the course or the assignment/test) shall be
final. The Dean shall share her/his decision with the Vice
for Campus Life and University Relations, the Provost, the Dean of
School or College (if different) and the faculty member.
8. If the Dean recommends that more severe sanctions should
and/or the Vice President for Campus Life and University Relations
determines that more severe sanctions, including suspension or
expulsion from the University should be implemented, the Vice
for Campus Life and University Relations will implement
disciplinary procedures as set forth in the Student Code
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.
The Provost and the Vice President for Campus Life and University Relations shall have shared responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.
July 14, 2010