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2. Students may not assist other students in acts of academic dishonesty by providing material of any kind that one may have reason to believe will be misrepresented to an instructor or other university official.

3. Students may not provide substantive information about test questions or the material to be tested before a scheduled examination unless they have been specifically authorized to do so by the course instructor. This does not apply to examinations that have been administered and returned to students in previous semesters.

F. Misconduct in Research and Creative Endeavors Definition

Misconduct in research is serious deviation from the accepted profes- sional practices within a discipline or from the policies of the university in carrying out, reporting, or exhibiting the results of research or in publishing, exhibiting, or performing creative endeavors. It includes the fabrication or falsification of data, plagiarism, and scientific or creative misrepresenta- tion. It does not include honest error or honest disagreement about the interpretation of data.

Clarification

  • 1.

    Students may not invent or counterfeit information.

  • 2.

    Students may not report results dishonestly, whether by altering data,

by improperly revising data, by selective reporting or analysis of data, or by being grossly negligent in the collecting or analysis of data.

3. Students may not represent another person’s ideas, writing or data as their own.

4. Students may not appropriate or release the ideas or data of others when such data have been shared in the expectation of confidentiality.

5. Students may not publish, exhibit, or perform work in circumstances that will mislead others. They may not misrepresent the nature of the material or its originality, and they may not add or delete the names of authors without permission.

6. Students must adhere to all federal, state, municipal, and university regulations for the protection of human and other animal subjects.

7. Students may not conceal or otherwise fail to report any misconduct involving research, professional conduct, or artistic performance of which they have knowledge.

8. Students must abide by the university’s Policy on Research Integrity where applicable, which can be found under Policies at the following Web address: www.orsp.cmich.edu. Applicability of this policy for students is found under I. GENERAL PROVISIONS, A. Applicability, number 3.

G. Computer Misuse Definition

Misuse of computers is disruptive, unethical, or illegal use of the university’s computer resources, including any actions which violate the university’s Rules for Computing and Networking Resources. Misuse of computers also includes disruptive, unethical, or illegal use of the comput- ers of another institution or agency in which students are performing part of their academic program.

Clarification

1. Students may not use the university computer system in support of any act of plagiarism.

2. Students may not monitor or tamper with another person’s electronic communications.

3. Students may not use university computer resources to engage in illegal activity, including but not limited to the following: illegally accessing other computer systems, exchanging stolen information, and violating copyright agreements which involve software or any other protected material.

H. Misuse of Intellectual Property Definition

Misuse of intellectual property is the illegal use of copyright materials, trademarks, trade secrets or intellectual properties.

Clarification

Students may not violate the university policy concerning the fair use of copies. This can be found under Policies at the following Web address: www.orsp.cmich.edu.

3. Ethical and Professional Behavior

Students are expected to adhere to the ethical and professional standards associated with their programs and academic courses. Such standards are generally communicated to students by instructors and are available through publications produced by professional organizations. Unethical or unprofessional behavior will be treated in the same manner as academic dishonesty.

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4. Sanctions for Violations of the Policy on Academic Integrity

In cases involving violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity, deter- mination of the student’s grade and status in the course are made by the instructor. The instructor’s determination can be appealed by the student to the dean of the appropriate college as outlined below.

  • 5.

    Process for Handling Alleged Violation of this Policy

    • A.

      Informal Proceedings

  • 1.

    Conference with the Student

A conference between the student and the instructor is the first, and may be the only, step in addressing alleged violations of the Policy on Academic Integrity. This meeting may be held in person, or via e-mail, phone, or any other available means.

If an instructor has reason to believe that a student has committed a violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity, the instructor will contact the student within a reasonable period of time to notify the student of the sus- pected violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity and to either discuss the matter with the student or set up an informal meeting between the student and instructor. The student has the right to decline to talk about the matter with the instructor until a scheduled meeting can be arranged. Any meeting shall take place as soon as possible after the discovery of the alleged violation. Neither the instructor nor the student may be represented or accompanied by an attorney or any other advisor. 1,2

At this meeting, the instructor will inform the student of the details of the alleged violation and will refer the student to the published Policy on Academic Integrity. It will be the responsibility of the instructor to present evidence of the alleged violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity. The student will be provided the opportunity to respond to the allegation and may explain any suspected or alleged misconduct by presenting evidence, giving additional information relevant to the matter, explaining extenuating or mitigating circumstance, or acknowledging a violation.

If the student declines to discuss the matter or attend a meeting with the instructor, or is unavailable for more than ten (10) business days from the initial attempt to contact the student, the instructor shall make a de- termination as to whether a violation of this Policy has occurred and what the appropriate sanction will be.

If, after completing the above process, the instructor believes there is a preponderance of evidence that the student violated the Policy onAcademic Integrity, the instructor may make an admonition to the student (i.e., an oral statement that the student has violated the Policy on Academic Integrity) or impose one or more of the following:

a.

Warning. Awritten notice that the student has violated the Policy

on Academic Integrity and that further violation may result in additional sanctions. A copy of this letter shall be sent to the appropriate Program Director. A copy of this letter will become part of a file on the violation maintained in the Office of Student Life or the College of Graduate Stud-

ies. b.

Revision of Work. A requirement that the student revise or

replace the work in which the violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity occurred. The instructor may assign a deferred grade pending the replace- ment or revision of the work.

c.

Reduction in Grade. The grade on the assignment or in the

course may be lowered.

In addition to the above sanctions, an instructor may refer the matter to the Office of Student Life or the College of Graduate Studies for formal proceedings, seeking additional sanctions under the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures (See Section B below).

When an instructor decides to impose any sanction(s) the instructor will notify the student (with a copy to the Program Director) of this decision by sending a letter to the student through mail. The letter will inform the student of the sanction(s) imposed because of the violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity. The notice will be mailed to the last address for the student on file with the University Registrar's Office. The notice will be deemed received two (2) days following the date the notice is posted at facilities of the United States Post Office. In the absence of mailing, personal delivery to the student cited, or delivery to the last home address on file in the Registrar's Office constitutes proper notice. If personal de- livery to the student or delivery to the last home address is used, the date notice is so delivered shall be deemed the date the notice is received. A copy of this letter will become part of a file on the violation maintained in the Office of Student Life or the College of Graduate Studies. The Office of Student Life or the College of Graduate Studies will document the inci- dent, maintain a file of its records, and may initiate formal proceedings for disciplinary action against the student under the “Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures.”

The Office of Student Life or the College of Graduate Studies will main- tain a confidential file on students for one (1) year after they graduate or have not been enrolled at the university for a period of three (3) years. If

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