The restorative approach to academic dishonesty takes seriously the first step provided in Matthew 18:15-20 for confronting brokenness. Faculty will take the lead in approaching students regarding perceived violations. Students are also encouraged to confront others when they become aware of academic dishonesty directed against their work or the work of other students. At any point in the processes described below, any party may request mediation as a means for resolving differences.
- FIRST OFFENSE
When a concern about academic integrity arises, the concerned faculty member(s) will initiate a conference with the student(s) involved:
- To clarify policy and determine whether an offense occurred.
- To provide an opportunity for student acknowledgment of a recognized offense.
- To discern an appropriate response for making things right, clarifying and committing to consequences and future behaviors that will lead to academic honesty and integrity and the restoration of relationship(s).
The initial goal is to discern whether there is an offense and determine an appropriate response. If the result of the initial student-faculty conference determines that no offense has occurred, the process will not proceed further and no further action need be taken. Upon student acknowledgment of a recognized offense, the offense will be reported to the school's dean, and an appropriate response will be mutually discerned by the faculty member(s) and student(s) together. That response will be shaped initially by determining whether the offense was intentional or unintentional; both are considered violations with consequences.
For all recognized offenses, the student(s) and faculty member(s) will attempt to collaboratively determine an appropriate response. The typical consequence for a recognized first offence is a zero on the assignment. However, depending upon the nature of the violation, the response may be:
- Appointment with the director of the Center for Writing and Learning.
- Meet with a special tutor, program director, mentor/advisor or sponsor.
- Re-do assignment (e.g., paper or exam) with guidelines for re-submission.
- Complete an additional substitute assignment.
- Re-do assignment for less credit.
- Reduction of grade for an assignment.
- Zero on the assignment.
- Reduction of overall course grade.
- Withdrawal from or failure of course.
- Other consequences agreed upon by the student and faculty member
All student/faculty mutually determined and agreed-upon responses (and fulfilled agreements) will be reported to the appropriate dean and the student's mentor or advisor. The successful fulfillment of the agreement will constitute a celebration of restoration to the university ideal for academic honesty and integrity.
- MULTIPLE OFFENSES
All second or multiple offenses of any kind will be treated as recognized and intentional (i.e., as known, willful violations) and dealt with by the appropriate dean. Multiple offenses may include:
- Second/third/subsequent offenses.
- Different types of offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, etc.)
- Simultaneous offenses (e.g., in different courses).
- Unintentional followed by intentional offenses.
The typical response for a second or multiple violations maybe failure of the course, loss of eligibility for honors, possible loss of financial aid and may result in reduction or removal of scholarships at the discretion of the dean. The typical response for a third violation will be disqualification from attendance at the university, which becomes part of the student’s official record.
The student can appeal in writing their disqualification status to the Provost within 5 business days following the date of their notification of disqualification, during which time they are allowed to remain in class.
The university is committed to the restorative discipline process described above. (reference) For additional information on the administrative process used when an accusation of academic dishonesty exists, please speak with your mentor, advisor or the Registrar’s Office.
The Provost will submit the matter to an academic integrity review committee (see below). If they do not appeal to the Provost within 5 business days, they remain academically disqualified from attendance at the university.
All disqualified students will be unable to register for at least one semester (summer session not counted). After one semester, they may apply for readmission by petition to the appropriate dean. Readmission is not automatic but will be weighed relative to the severity of the violation and appropriate response by the student.
If a student is allowed to return to the university and commits another integrity violation, the student will be permanently disqualified from further attendance at the university.
DISPUTED OFFENSE OR PENALTY
If, as the result of the initial student-faculty conference, the faculty member(s) believe(s) that an offense has occurred and a) the student does not acknowledge an offense or b) the student(s) and faculty member(s) are either unable to agree on an appropriate response to a recognized offense or are otherwise unable to mutually resolve the situation, and the dean of the school in which the violation has occurred has not been able to resolve the situation, the faculty member will assign a grade he or she deems appropriate. The student may appeal in writing to the Provost within 5 business days following the date of their notification of the grade, during which time they are allowed to remain in class. The matter will be submitted to the academic integrity review committee (see below).
UNWILLING TO PARTICIPATE
Students who are unwilling to voluntarily participate in the above processes, willfully act in an uncooperative, abusive or destructive manner or intentionally undermine agreed-upon outcomes may be subject to academic disqualification, suspension or dismissal from the university as determined by the appropriate dean.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY REVIEW COMMITTEE
The review committee, made up of a dean from another school, division chair or alternate, faculty member (not from same school), and a student or student life representative, will review all submitted documentation and meet with all people involved as they deem appropriate to determine/recommend an appropriate process and/or response. The decision of the academic integrity review committee is final.
The committee may recommend/determine, among other options, that:
- No offense occurred and any penalty assessed must be reversed.
- Mediation should be conducted (e.g., referral to the Campus Mediation Center located at the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies).
- A particular response(s)/consequence(s) should be directly required or applied.
- An offense did occur and the penalty assessed should remain or be modified.
If at any point during this process a) the student acknowledges that an offense has occurred or b) both student(s) and faculty member(s) agree to work together to determine a response, they may return to the appropriate stage of Track 1 and work toward a mutual resolution.