UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson’s vision of this institution as a “high seminary of learning.” Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.
A. Any breach of the principles outlined in the Academic Integrity Statement is considered an act of academic dishonesty.
B. Academic dishonesty is further defined as:
1. Giving, receiving, or using unauthorized aid, including the inappropriate use of electronic devices, in any work submitted to fulfill academic requirements. In examination situations all electronic devices must be off and stowed unless otherwise authorized by the instructor.
2. Plagiarism, which includes the intentional or unintentional copying of language, structure, or ideas of another and attributing the work to one’s own efforts;
3. Attempts to copy, edit, or delete computer files that belong to another person or use of computer accounts that belong to another person without the permission of the file owner or account owner;
C. All academic work submitted for grading or to fulfill academic requirements contains an implicit pledge and may contain, at the request of an instructor, an explicit pledge by the student that no unauthorized aid has been received.
D. It is the responsibility of every member of the Clemson University community to enforce the Academic Integrity Policy.
The power to hear cases of academic dishonesty is vested in an Academic Integrity Committee.
A. Structure—The Academic Integrity Committee is composed of twenty members as follows:
1. Ten tenured members of the faculty; two members from each college elected by their respective collegiate faculties. Faculty members will be elected on a staggered term basis, serving for a period of two years after initiation of staggered terms. Terms commence with fall semester late registration.
2. Ten members of the undergraduate student body; two from each college. Student members are nominated by the Student Body President, through an application and interview process in the spring semester, approved by the Student Senate, and appointed by the provost for terms of two years. Students must have a 3.0 grade-point ratio at the time of appointment and must have completed 30 hours by the end of the spring semester. Nominations will be made in the spring semester with terms of service commencing with fall semester late registration.
3. The committee is divided into four standing boards, hereafter referred to as hearing boards, which will hear the cases of academic dishonesty. Hearing boards convene on a weekly, rotational basis unless there are no cases to be heard. For summer sessions, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies must maintain at least one hearing board to hear cases.
4. Hearing boards are composed of two faculty members, two students, and one chairperson. Quorum, for a hearing board, is one student, one faculty member, and a chairperson. Decisions by the hearing board will be by majority vote.
5. Chairpersons will be elected from within the Committee’s membership. Two chairpersons are selected from the faculty membership and two from the student membership.
6. Before hearing any cases, a new member of the committee must undergo a training session(s) with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
7. The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies is the administrative coordinator of the Academic Integrity Committee.
1. When, in the opinion of a course instructor, there is evidence that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, that person must make a formal written charge of academic dishonesty, including a description of the misconduct, to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The reporting person may, at his/her discretion, inform each involved student privately of the nature of the alleged charge. In cases of plagiarism (I.B.2.) instructors may use, as an option, the Plagiarism Resolution Form available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
2. When, in the opinion of a student, there is evidence that another student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, he/she should contact the instructor for the course to discuss the incident. After being contacted, if, in the opinion of the instructor, there is evidence that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the instructor must make a formal written charge of academic dishonesty, including a description of the misconduct, to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, inform each student involved privately of the nature of the alleged charge.
3. If, for any reason, the person who first discovered an integrity violation is not available to present a charge, the department chair (or designee) or college Associate Dean for the department in which the course is taught may submit the charge to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
4. When the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies has received a formal charge of an alleged violation, he/she will contact the student involved privately to notify him/her of the charge and will provide the student with a copy of the charge and a copy of the procedures that the Academic Integrity Committee has adopted, pursuant to number 7 below. If a student is charged with academic dishonestly, he/she may not withdraw from the course unless he/she is exonerated of the charge. If a student is found in violation of the academic integrity policy and receives a redeemable grade, he/she will not be allowed to redeem that grade under the Academic Redemptin Policy . If the student fails to respond to the Associate Dean's request for a meeting within ten university working days, the student is considered to have waived his/her right to a hearing, thus admitting to being in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
5. After informing the student involved, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies will convene one of the boards of the Academic Integrity Committee within 14 calendar days (exclusive of University holidays) from the date that the accused student provides a written rebuttal to the charge. The student will provide the rebuttal no later than five university working days following notification of the charge from Undergraduate Studies. (Students charged in the spring term, but not enrolled in summer sessions, may be given a continuance to the next fall term. Should the University schedule be interrupted due to emergency circumstances, academic integrity cases will be resolved as soon as possible once classes resume.) All students will be presumed not in violation of a charge until found in violation by a hearing board. Each party is responsible for having present at the hearing all witnesses that he/she wishes to speak on his/her behalf. Witnesses must have first-hand knowledge of the events under discussion.
6. A charge of academic dishonesty in a course must be made within thirty days after the beginning of the next term, exclusive of summer vacation. For cases that are not resolved before course grades are due, instructors will assign a * as a placeholder for the grade. This symbol will be replaced with the course grade once the case is resolved.
7. The Academic Integrity Committee will adopt its procedures, to be followed by all hearing boards, prior to the first case heard by a hearing board. In addition to providing the student with a copy of the procedures, as stated in number 4 above, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies will provide a copy of the procedures to the involved course instructor and also the hearing board members. The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies will also retain copies of these procedures. The procedures must afford both instructors and students the opportunity to present their cases and the opportunity for rebuttal.
8. In cases in which there is a finding of “in violation,” the course instructor may consult with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies to consider any past precedent established regarding academic penalties levied in similar cases. Instructors must inform the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies of the academic penalty for a student found “in violation” by a hearing board.
9. The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for notifying the registrar and all other appropriate University personnel of the finding of “in violation” and the academic penalty. The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies retains all records of academic dishonesty cases and their findings in accordance with the University’s Records Retention Policy.
1. Upon a finding of “not in violation” by a hearing board, the student’s record will not reflect the incident.
2. Upon a finding of “in violation” by a hearing board, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies will notify the student and course instructor of the decision immediately. If the offense is the first for the student, then the instructor has the ability to determine the academic penalty, which shall not exceed a grade of F for the course.
3. If the finding of “in violation” is not the student’s first offense, the student will receive a grade of F for the course, will be suspended from the University for one or more semesters, and may be permanently dismissed from the University. The hearing board will determine the period for which the student will be suspended or, if applicable, permanently dismissed. If the accused student waives his/her right to a hearing and the incident is not a first offense, the student will receive a grade of F for the course and will be suspended from the University for one or more semesters. The length of the suspension will be determined by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Suspension or dismissal requires the approval of the President of the University.
1. Students do not have the option to appeal a decision rendered by the hearing board, whether it is the first, second, or any subsequent offense. Students do not have the option to appeal the penalty determined by the course instructor for first offenses or to appeal the grade of F for the course given for second offenses.
2. For offenses resulting in suspension or permanent dismissal, students have the option to present written information to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies to appeal the length of the suspension or to appeal a decision of permanent dismissal. Students must present information in their defense, as allowed in this paragraph, to the Dean within five university working days after receipt of written notification of the suspension or dismissal. However, as stated in number 1 above, students cannot appeal a decision rendered by the hearing board.
Contact: Undergraduate Studies, E103B Martin Hall (864-656-5009)