Improper academic conduct on the part of the student shall be interpreted to mean the obtaining and using of information during an examination by means other than those permitted by the instructor, including the supplying of such information to other students. Improper academic conduct shall also include plagiarism, i.e., the purchase and use of ghost-written papers and reports, or incorporating into a report, term theme, research paper, or project, ideas and information obtained from another person without giving credit to the person from whom such information was obtained. Further, inclusion of the published or unpublished writings of another person without duly noting these sources according to normal scholarly procedures shall be considered plagiarism. No material prepared to meet the requirements in one course may be used to fulfill the requirements in another without permission of the instructor. The above definition of academic misconduct applies equally to improper use of electronic sources of information and opinion.
All faculty members should promote academic honesty, not only through their own high standards of scholarly conduct, but also by anticipating conditions which may lead to dishonesty on the student's part. Suspicion is not a sound basis for a healthy educational environment, and the professor must judge those instances where his or her trust will encourage responsibility rather than cheating.
Specific ways in which dishonesty may be discouraged include:
In cases of obvious or suspected dishonesty, the professor should, in private consultation, confront the student with the evidence and determine and enforce the penalty if a penalty is warranted. The outcome may consist of a change in grade which can range from the lowering of a grade for a particular class project or test to failure for the course. The student may appeal this action through regular administration channels to the Appeals Subcommittee of the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee.
In addition to, or in lieu of, a grade penalty, the faculty member may refer the matter to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for resolution in the discipline system of the University. A student has the right to appeal an unfavorable decision through the appeals procedure outlined in the Student Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures (see these procedures in the Student Handbook.)
Academic Honor at West Georgia
At West Georgia, the student is urged to seek truth and beauty in
for themselves, as well as skills needed for a productive life.
Academic honesty is essential in preserving one's own integrity, the
the institution, and in gaining a true education. The West
student pledges not to lie, cheat, or steal in the pursuit of his or
studies and is encouraged to report those who do.
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