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
which seek to: (i) identify prohibited academic conduct by
students; (ii) educate all students, faculty and administrators
with regard to the nature, impact and consequences of student
academic dishonesty; (iii) effectively report and seek to reduce
such behaviors; (iv) provide for due process for students accused
of academic dishonesty; (v) set forth 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 to promote academic integrity
among students, faculty and administrators.
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 who
compromise the integrity of the classroom are subject to
disciplinary action by their instructor, their department, their
college and/or the University. Violations of classroom standards
of academic honesty include, but are not limited to:
Students violating such standards must accept the consequences
and appropriately assessed penalties, which may include reprimand,
a failing grade, or suspension or dismissal from an academic
program or the University. Students accused of abridging a
standard of academic honesty will be provided with mechanisms for
review and appeal of decisions regarding allegations of academic
3. The fundamental responsibility for the maintenance of
the standards of academic honesty rests with each student. It is
each student's responsibility to be familiar with University
policy on academic honesty and to uphold standards of academic
honesty at all times and in all situations.
4. Faculty members need to be aware of the possibility of
academic misconduct, watchful for any instances of academic
misconduct and diligent in addressing those who do not maintain
the standards of academic honesty.
5. Faculty members are responsible for clarification to
their classes of the expectations and requirements relative to
academic honesty for class assignments or projects. Each faculty
member shall also make clear to each class the faculty member's
individual policy toward penalties given for breaches of academic
6. If a faculty member alleges a violation of the
University's standard of academic honesty, but imposes no academic
sanction, no official follow-up is required. The faculty member
should discuss her or his concern with the student and may also
provide an opportunity for the student to redo the assignment or
retake the examination.
7. When a faculty member has reasonable good faith belief
that a student or students have committed academic misconduct,
that faculty member has the sole discretion to give the student an
"F" on the assignment/test on which the student[s] committed
academic misconduct or an "F" for the entire course. If the
student does not contest the allegation, no further action need be
taken. If the student wishes to contest the allegation and/or the
grade (for the course or the assignment/test), the student shall
contact the Dean of the faculty member's School or College, who
will refer the matter for review by an individual appointed by the
Dean. The reviewer shall provide a report and recommendations to
the Dean within fifteen (15) class days. The Dean shall then have
ten (10) class days to act upon the report and recommendation and
the Dean's decision regarding the grade (for the course or the
assignment/test) shall be final. The Dean shall share her/his
decision with the student, Vice President for Student Affairs,
Provost and Senior Vice President, Dean of the student's School or
College (if different) and the faculty member.
8. If the Dean recommends that more severe sanctions should
be imposed and/or the Vice President for Student Affairs
determines that more severe sanctions, including suspension or
expulsion from the University should be implemented, the Vice
President for Student Affairs will implement disciplinary
procedures as set forth in the Student
Code of Conduct.
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.
The Provost and Senior Vice President and the Vice President for Student Affairs shall have shared responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.
July 14, 2010