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
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
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 misconduct.
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
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 honesty.
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 Vice President for Student Engagement, the
Provost and Senior Vice President, the 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 Engagement determines that
more severe sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the
University should be implemented, the Vice President for Student
Engagement will implement disciplinary procedures as set forth in the Student Code of
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 Engagement shall have shared responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.
July 14, 2010