Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Honesty Policy

Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for maintaining a proper learning environment at Wentworth. All students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct, the Wentworth Creed and all published Wentworth policies and procedures to satisfy the general requirements for graduation with regard to their character. All instances of academic dishonesty and misconduct will be considered violations of this requirement.  Wentworth takes violations of academic honesty and cases of academic misconduct very seriously. Sanctions include, but are not limited to: a reduced grade for the assignment, a grade of “0” for the assignment, “F” for the course, removal from a course, Institute suspension or Institute expulsion. 

A. Academic Honesty Violations

Students at Wentworth are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Listed below is a non-exclusive description of many forms of academic dishonesty and misconduct that may arise. Any expectations set forth by a faculty member constitute the standard to be used in that particular class.

  1. 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, 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.
  1. Fabrication

Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include:

  • citation of 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).
  1. 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 prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of papers or other academic materials.

  1. 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 un-administered 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.
  • behavior unbecoming a student in an academic venue. Academic venues include, but are not limited to, the classroom, laboratory, studio, shops, site visits, program or department conferences, a museum and a factory.

B. Procedures for Handling Academic Honesty Violations

The Wentworth faculty and administration have developed a set of procedures to investigate and determine whether or not undergraduate and graduate students have engaged in violations of academic honesty.  Information about this process can be found on the Academic Affairs website: http://www.wit.edu/academic-honesty.

Students who suspect another classmate of academic dishonesty can either talk directly to the Faculty member or call EthicsPoint anonymously (855-353-9143 or EthicsPoint Online:  http://wit.ethicspoint.com) Cases submitted through EthicsPoint will be assigned to the Director of Academic Operations for further investigation and processing.

College of the Fenway Cross Registration

Wentworth is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), an association of six Fenway area institutions whose other members are Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, MCPHSU, Simmons College, and Wheelock College.

Students interested in cross-registering for a course through the COF must complete a COF cross registration form in the Student Service Center. Full time students at Wentworth and students from other COF institutions who have “full-time” status may cross-register for up to two (2) COF courses in a given semester. Course offerings and other information are published online at www.colleges-fenway.org.

Students who cross-register must follow the academic policies and procedures of the host institution for that course. This includes the host institution’s academic honesty policy and adherence to their academic calendar. Discipline issues will be addressed by the student’s home institution.

Grades received in COF courses will be computed in the cumulative grade point average in accordance with the Wentworth grading system. Pass (P) grades are not accepted at Wentworth. Students may not be allowed to register for courses that are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

If a COF course is expected to fulfill a Wentworth degree requirement (other than a general elective), the approval of the appropriate academic department chair and curriculum department chair/the dean of CPCE is required on a separate course substitution form.

Withdrawal from Wentworth

Voluntary Withdrawal - Day Programs

Students who wish to withdraw from Wentworth are required to submit a Voluntary Withdrawal Petition Form to the Student Service Center. A grade of “W” will be assigned to all courses attempted in the effective semester as long as the form is submitted by the deadline published in the Academic Calendar. If a Voluntary Withdrawal Petition Form is submitted after the deadline to withdraw from classes, final grades will be recorded instead of “W” grades and the date of withdrawal noted on the transcript will reflect the end date of that semester. Any day student who voluntarily withdraws, or takes one or more consecutive semesters off, must submit a Petition for Change of Major or Readmission in order to return to Wentworth.

Students who wish to withdraw for medical reasons may be required to submit medical documentation if they are seeking financial reimbursement. Medical documentation is submitted to the Director of Wellness and Disability Services and is kept on file in the Center for Wellness and Disability Services.

When the Institute is aware of circumstances (including but not limited to: arrest/arraignment, incarceration, court imposed probation, sexual offender status, immigration status, hospitalization and possible serious academic or behavioral misconduct (including harm to self or others) under the Student Code of Conduct, surrounding a voluntary withdrawal, whether or not the reason(s) is noted  on a student’s Voluntary Withdrawal Petition Form, a student may be required to leave campus immediately.  In these circumstances, the Institute reserves the right to require documentation it reasonably deems necessary for review and/or an independent medical examination with a professional provider of its choice prior to the decision on the request for readmission. In some cases, a medical clearance process must be completed (please see the process in Mandated Medical Leave). This documentation is submitted to the Office of Student Affairs.  The underlying circumstances related to the voluntary withdrawal will also be addressed through the procedures for Institute Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct and Student Code of Conduct violations prior to the decision on the request for readmission.

Transfer Procedures

Students who are transferring from Wentworth to another institution sometimes utilize the Common Application, a standardized form accepted by many colleges. Students should be aware that Wentworth will use the Common Application Report solely to report the student’s academic and disciplinary standing. Since Wentworth does not rank its students, no ranking will be provided. The Common Application Report is not a personal recommendation form; students who need a letter of recommendation should speak their instructors or advisor.

Student responsibilities:

  • Student must request a Transcript through the online on demand system (www.iwantmytranscript.com) in order to accompany the Common Application Report
  • Student must complete the Student Information section and sign the form where indicated
  • Student must indicate if they wish to:
    1. Pick up the completed report & transcript in person
    2. Have Wentworth mail the completed Report & Transcript to a third party
    3. Have the report & transcript forwarded to another appropriate Wentworth office for completion.

Voluntary Withdrawal - College for Continuing and Professional Education

College for Continuing & Professional Education students who wish to withdraw from a College for Continuing & Professional Education program at Wentworth during the semester must complete the Voluntary Withdrawal Petition Form. This is the same form used to withdraw from day programs. The student must meet with the College for Continuing & Professional Education Dean of Lifelong Learning, or specified designee, to complete the withdrawal process. In addition, the Voluntary Withdrawal Petition Form should also be used if a student wants to drop the only course in which he/she is enrolled. The same deadlines for withdrawal and refunds for day students apply to College for Continuing & Professional Education students. A grade of “W” will be assigned to all courses attempted in the effective semester as long as the petition is filed by the deadline published in the Academic Calendar. If a Voluntary Withdrawal Petition is filed after the published deadline, final grades will be recorded instead of “W” grades and the date of withdrawal noted on the transcript will reflect the end date of that semester. Any College for Continuing & Professional Education student who takes two or more consecutive semesters off, must submit a Petition for Change of Major or Readmission. The guidelines noted in “Change of Program” must be followed.

Withdrawal Refund Schedule

Students who have paid their tuition in full for the semester and who officially withdraw from Wentworth will be given a tuition adjustment according to the following:

  • 1st full week of classes Reverse 100% of tuition charge (less non-refundable deposit of $150.00)
  • 2nd full week of classes Reverse 75% of tuition charge
  • 3rd full week of classes Reverse 50% of tuition charge
  • 4th full week of classes Reverse 25% of tuition charge
  • 5th full week of classes no reversal of tuition charge

Non-Attendance Does Not Constitute Official Withdrawal

Students who register for classes, fail to appear for those classes, and who do not complete the Voluntary Withdraw process are liable for all tuition and fees assessed for that semester.

No refunds of tuition will be made to any student who is withdrawn, suspended or dismissed/expelled for disciplinary reasons.

Fees are not refundable. Students are liable for tuition and fees in accordance with the published refund policy.