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Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct

  1. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND MISCONDUCT
    Listed below is a non-exclusive description of many forms of academic dishonesty and misconduct that may arise. Members of the faculty have authority in the classroom. Any expectations set forth by a faculty member constitute the standard to be used in that particular class or laboratory.

    Academic Dishonesty
    Students at Wentworth are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, inventing false information or citations, plagiarism, tampering with computers, destroying other people’s studio property, or academic misconduct.

    Cheating
    Cheating can be manifested in many forms, including:
    • copying from another student’s paper
    • speaking to, or collaborating with, another person without permission during an exam
    • mailing your material by computer to others
    • allowing another student to copy from a test
    • using materials such as calculators, notes, handheld devices, or books during an exam without permission
    • tracing someone else’s drawings unless instructed to do so
    • resubmitting a paper written for one class to a different class without permission
    • collaborating outside of class when not permitted
    • taking information from someone’s computer without permission
    • submitting materials from a website as one’s own
    • falsifying research

    Fabrication
    Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include:
    • citing information not taken from the source indicated
    • listing sources in a bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes that are not used in the academic exercise
    • submitting work done by another, in part or in whole, as one’s own (including materials from a website)

    Plagiarism
    Plagiarism is the submission or inclusion of someone else’s words, drawings, ideas, or data (including that from a website) as one’s own work without giving credit to the source. When sources are used in a paper or drawing, acknowledgement of the original author or source must be made through appropriate references (footnotes, endnotes) or if directly quoted, quotation marks or indentations must be used. Even if another person’s idea, opinion, or theory is paraphrased into your own words, you can be accused of plagiarism. The same holds true for drawings. Only when information is common knowledge may a fact or statistic be used without giving credit. Plagiarism also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of papers or other academic materials.

    Academic Misconduct
    Academic misconduct is the violation of Institute academic policies or infringement on the rights of others to receive an education. Examples include:
    • stealing, buying, or obtaining all or part of a test
    • selling or giving away all or part of an unadministered test including answers
    • bribing any other person to obtain information about a test
    • entering an office for the purpose of changing a grade in a grade book, on a test, or on other work for which a grade is given
    • changing, altering or being an accessory to the changing/altering of a grade or any official academic record of the Institute
    • forging faculty member’s signatures on Institute forms
    • using someone else’s work, including submission of material from a website as one’s own
    • being a distraction to the lesson occurring in a classroom or laboratory environment

    Behavior Unbecoming a Student
    Behavior unbecoming a student is any violation of a published Wentworth policy in an academic environment, and/or any behavior that individual faculty or staff determines is unacceptable in his or her classroom, laboratory, or other academic area or function. Behavior unbecoming a student in an academic environment will not be tolerated.

    Possible Sanctions:
    Wentworth takes violations of academic dishonesty and misconduct very seriously. Sanctions for such violations include, but are not limited to, a grade of “F”, removal from a course, Institute suspension, or Institute expulsion.

    Individual faculty members may determine an appropriate action with regard to academic dishonesty/misconduct, including failure of a test(s) or project(s). A faculty member, with the approval of the curricular department head/Dean of Lifelong Learning or designee, may also assign a final grade of “F” for the course. If an “F” grade is assigned, the student will not be allowed to remain in the class. In addition, the curricular department head/Dean of Lifelong Learning or designee may refer the case to the Academic Discipline Board.

    In cases involving conduct unbecoming a student, the student may be asked to leave the academic area or function. Under these circumstances, the student may be marked absent, may receive a zero for any test or project to be completed in that class, and may not be allowed to make up the work. With the approval of the curricular department head/the Dean of Lifelong Learning or designee, the student may also be withdrawn from the course, and a grade of “W” will appear on the student’s transcript. If a student is asked to leave a class or other academic area or function, he/she may not return until he/she meets with the faculty and/or staff member and curricular department head, the Dean of Lifelong Learning or Director and resolves the issue(s). In addition, Public Safety may be contacted.
  2. PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND MISCONDUCT CASES
    Academic department heads, the Dean of Lifelong Learning, and Directors may refer a student, at any time, to the Academic Discipline Board if in their judgment, they feel a situation is very serious and warrants immediate action. This request must be received by the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    The procedures and guidelines for handling of academic dishonesty and misconduct allegations are found below in section B: Academic Discipline Board.

    1. Appeals Process:
      1. If a student wishes to appeal the imposed sanctions (see Possible Sanctions above), the student may request, in writing, within two weeks, that the curricular department head or the Dean of Lifelong Learning review the facts presented regarding the incident, and the faculty or staff person’s action, and determine if the problem can be resolved at this level. The curricular department head or Dean of Lifelong Learning will respond to the student, within two weeks of the student’s appeal.
      2. The student may request that his or her case be heard by the Academic Discipline Board if no satisfactory resolution is determined in Item A1.

        The request must be received by the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, in writing, within two weeks of the date of the letter from the curricular department head or the Dean of Lifelong Learning. Before a student can appeal to the Academic Discipline Board, the procedures listed above must be followed.
    2. Academic Discipline Board:
      1. Jurisdiction
        The Board has jurisdiction over acts of alleged academic dishonesty/ misconduct, behavior unbecoming a student, and/or violations of published Wentworth policies and procedures in the academic environment involving: the seven academic departments; The Arioch Center; the Alumni Library; the Center for Teaching and Learning; and the Office of the Provost. Alleged student misconduct outside the jurisdiction of the Academic Discipline Board will be referred to the Director of Community Standards. Should there be a question of jurisdiction, the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Director of Community Standards will decide whether the Academic Discipline Board, Director of Community Standards, or the Community Standards Board will review the incident.
      2. Membership
        Membership is comprised of the seven academic department heads and the Dean of Lifelong Learning or his/her designee. The department head/the Dean of Lifelong Learning from the department where the offense occurred does not vote. The Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning will chair the board as a non-voting member.
      3. Quorum
        A minimum of five voting members, excluding the chair, will constitute a quorum on the decision of the Board.
      4. Hearing Process
        1. Students will be notified in writing of the charges, date, time, and location of the hearing. The hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible after receipt of either the written appeal from the student or the written request for the hearing from the department head or the Dean of Lifelong Learning.
        2. Students are entitled to a fair and impartial hearing.
        3. Students may bring written evidence on their behalf to the hearing.
        4. Only the Academic Discipline Board members or appropriate departmental representatives and student(s) charged will be allowed at the meeting. Legal counsel and/or electronic recording devices will not be allowed at the meeting.
        5. The department head or the Dean of Lifelong Learning where the offense occurred must attend the hearing and present evidence, but will not vote or participate in the Board’s deliberations.
        6. A student who has a pending academic dishonesty/misconduct charge will not be allowed to drop a class to avoid the consequences of the charge.
      5. Decision
        The Board is empowered to levy penalties up to and including expulsion, against any student who is found to have been involved in instances of academic dishonesty/misconduct, behavior unbecoming a student, and/ or violations of published Wentworth policies and procedures in the academic environment. The chair will notify the student of the decision, in writing, within one week of the date of the hearing.

    3. Appeal of Academic Discipline Board Decision:
      An appeal of the Board’s decision may be made to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost. All requests of appeal must be made, in writing, within one week of the Board’s written decision. The Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost will respond, in writing, within one week of receipt of the appeal. The decision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost is final.

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