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3. The written report sent to the Provost's Office will state whether
the student's appeal is upheld or denied: if upheld, the committee's
evaluation and remedy will be included. Both the student and the
faculty member have the right to review all documents related to the
appeal. All documents supporting the report will be sealed and kept
for one year to ensure the appropriate action is taken before the)
are destroyed or returned to the individual presenting the evidence.

Ancillary Provisions

A. Continuing Rights: This appeal does not supplant any legal rights
afforded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and or the Govern-
ment of the United States. Nothing in this policy abrogates or modifies
any provisions of or rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

B. Discrimination in this policy generally means unlawful
discrimination. To the extent that any form of discrimination
identified in this definition is not unlawful discrimination, this definition
shall not be taken to create a cause of appeal against the university. In
such cases, the final appeal procedures stated in this policy will be final
and binding on the student.

C. Tenure and Promotion Committee Membership on Grade
Appeals Committees: Members of the universitywide tenure and
promotion committees may not serve concurrently on grade appeals

I). Support Mechanism: The Provost's Office, after consultation with
the Senate Academic Committee and APSCUF, will be responsible for
identifying a pool of at least ten faculty members well versed in the
preparation of grade appeals who will be available upon request to help
students or faculty prepare documentation for the grade appeals process.

E. Training/Support: The Provost's Office will offer yearly information
sessions workshops to assist deans, chairs, grade appeals panel
committee members, and members of Student Government Association
university in identifying issues and to provide guidance for the resolution
of grade appeals.

F. Dissemination of Grade Appeal Information: The Provost's Of-
fice will annually report to the university community a statistical sum-
mary of grade appeal data that docs not compromise confidentiality
including (I ) the number of appeals filed, i2i the resolutions at levels II
and III. and 3) the final implementation of Level III decisions.

G Appeals on Procedural (.rounds: Decisions may not be challenged
merely because the Provost's Office fails to comply with Ancillary
Provisions I). I . or I above.

II. Intentional Misrepresentation: Intentional misrepresentation in the
filing of grade appeals bv students will he referred to the university
judicial system for students Intentional misrepresentation b\ faculty in
the grade appeals process will be referred to the Provost's ( Iffiee

I. Confidentiality: Students, faculty, administrators, and stafl involved
in processing and hearing grade appeals must respect the confidentiality

of all aspects of these proceedings ["hose breaching confidentiality

subject themselves to possible disciplinary action. This shall not abl
the first Amendment rights of the student appellant nor the instructor
against whom the appeal has been filed.

.1 Intended Purpose: I lie glide appeal procedures are designed sitnplv as
a means to resolve differences between students and faculty related to
hug Unless there is intentional misrepresentation, the results ol a
grade appeal may not be used tor disciplinary action ol personnel.

K. I acultv Compensation: II a Review Panel (healing) is scheduled at a
time in the summer when any faculty member involved is not under
contract, the faculty member will be compensated under terms mutually
agreed upon at Mcct-and-Discuss

I Review of Policy: Every \\\<: years the Senate Academic Committee
will review, m consultation with the campus community, the operation
of the Grade Appeals Policy and recommend changes deemed

M. * Amendment: Amendments may be implemented upon concurrence
by University Senate. APSCUF Representative Council, and Mcet-and-

*Note: In the amendment process above, specification of University
Senate implies the Council of Trustees' role in approving Senate action'-
and recognizes the Council of Trustees' final action to change policy.

Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures

I. Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures. The university's aca-
demic integrity pohev is part of an ongoing effort to develop a com-
munity where trust, honesty, ethical principles, and personal integrity
guide interactions with others, thereby providing for orderly academic
and scholarly processes. The following policy and procedures have been
established to preserve the academic integrity of the university com-
munity, while also providing a process that provides opportunities for
students to respond to allegations that the policy has been violated.

II. Policy

A. Types of Violations. Violations of academic integrity include, but
are not limited to. the following

1 . Providing or recciv ing unauthorized assistance in coursework;
with lab work, theses, and dissertations; or during examinations
(including qualifying and comprehensive exams) or quizzes.

2. Using unauthorized materials or de\ ices, such as crib notes, during
examinations or quizzes.

3. Plagiarizing papers, theses, dissertations, essays, reports, speeches
and oral presentations, take-home examinations, computer proj-
ects, or other academic exercises by misrepresenting or passing
off (he ideas, words, formulas, 01 data of another as one's own
Plagiarism is dishonest and illegal. Writers are indebted to authors
from whom thev borrow exact words, ideas, theories, opinions,
statistics, illustrative material, or facts (beyond common knowl-
edge) Writers are also indebted if thev summarize or paraphrase
in their own words material from sources Ml quoted material
requires the acknowledgment ol the source bv the use of quotation
marks or indentation (if exact wording is incorporated I In addi-
tion, both directly quoted and summarized material must be
acknowledged bv use of a note or parenthetical citation that
indicates the author and or date of publication and page number or
numbers If the writer indents a quotation, it must he clearly set
off from the body ol the text ami must be documented in the
aforesaid niannei lb verify the v.iikmis documentation
procedures, writers should consult the stv le sheet in the particular
discipline loi which thev arc preparing the assignment iMI V

vPA ( hicago IU . etc.).

4 Using the same paper or work more than once without authoriza-
tion of the faculty member to whom the work is being submitted

5 Possessing course examination materials before the administra-
tion of the exam, vv ithout the prior know ledge or consent of the

(> Intentionally evading II IP academic policies and procedures, for
example, improperly processing course withdrawals, grade
changes, or other academic procedures

7. Falsifying information, including falsification fabrication of
research data and or statistical analyses, forging signatures on

various forms and documents, or altering or adding answers on
academic exercises or exams after work has been graded

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i ompulei dishonest) as addressed by university computing poli
i k-s including but not limited to using • •! attempting lo use
computing accounts 01 othei information u<\ which the student is
not authorized; providing false ot misleading information to
obtain ■ computing account oi access to othci information
resources; attempting lo obtain information resource ai
(usemames, passwords, PINs, etc i foi anothet user's compui
accounts; sharing information resource access codes (usemames,
passwords, PINs, etc i with othei individuals; attempting lo dis
guise the identity of a computing account 01 othei information
resource; using 01 attempting to use university network resources
10 gam ,n attempt to gain unauthorized access to rem
outers including, but not limited to, port scanning; violating the
terms of intellectual property rights, in particulai software license
agreements and copyright laws; using information resources i<>
monitor anotha user's data communications 01 opy,

change, 01 delete anothet user's files or software without permis-
sion ol the owner; using "i installing or attempting to use 01
install software not properly licensed
9. Noncompliance by failure to comply with previously imposed
sanctions for academic violations under ilns policy

li) Class behavior which significantly disrupts the learning process oi
is ,i threat in others

1 1 . Buy ing, selling, stealing, or engaging in unauthorized exchange of,
or improperly using, any assignments, papers, oi projects

1 2 Making fraudulent claims to gain academic credit or to influence
testing oi grading

rhe university reserves the righl to discipline any student foi the above
policy violations and any other action that an ordinary, reasonable,
intelligent college student knows, or should know, might lead to the issuance
of discipline I Ins means the university maintains the right to issue
discipline foi reasonable cause.

Charges ot academic integrity violations may be brought by a faculty mem-
ber or administrator. Students who observe oi become aware of a violation
ol academic integrity by another student are strongly encouraged to report
ii to a university official \ faculty member administrator who believes mat
a student has violated an academic policy may elect to resolve the mattei
by Informal Resolution, by Documented Agreement, or by Formal Adjudica-
tion Sanction(s) may not he imposed upon << student believed to have vio
laled tin academic polk y without following one oj these three procedures.

If charges are brought, the accused student shall have a fair and reasonable

Opportunity to answer, explain, and defend against the charges 1 he
university shall nave the burden of proof in all eases

III Procedures

\ Options for Resolution. A faculty member or administrator must
use one of the following options to resolve alleged violations ol

academic integrity

I Option I: Informal Resolution. I he faculty membei

administrator shall notify the student of the charges and sched-
ule a meeting within ten calendar da>s of the observation or
discovery of the incident and agree at such meeting to resolve the
issue without submitting any formal documentation If the viola-
tion pertains to work being judged or that has been judged by a

committee i examples might include dissertations, theses, ami
comprehensive examinations, both oral and written), the meeting
must involve a majority of the committee and the resolution
must he agreed to by a majority oi the committee It is in the
interest of the faculty member/administrator and student to
complete a statement thai summarizes the incident, meeting, and
agreed-upon resolution The factual statement should be signed hv
both parties and copies provided to the student and the faculty
member administrator By resolving the charges informally, the
student wanes his her right to appeal sanctions which have been
agreed upon in the resolution process It agreement cannot be
reached, or if. at the discretion of the faculty member
administrator, a more formal process as outlined in this policy is
appropriate, the formal process will be initiated by the faculty

membei administratoi No formal record is kepi ii

satisfactorily resolved at this level

Opt ii: Resolution by Documented Agreement

i li no resolution is reached undei < lotion I. oi ii the faculty
membei administratoi deems this step ippropriate,

the faculty membei administratoi will schedule a
with the student in an attempt to reach a mutually agreeable
resolution I Ins conference must be scheduled requested within
ten calendai dass ,,i the observation or di the

alleged violation or ol the failure to resolve I ption I

H an agreement is reached, the faculty membcr/administratoi
must complete a Documented Vgreemenl Referral I orm out
lining the agreement and have it signed h> b.ith parties laculiy

membei administratoi and Student. II the violation pertains to
woik such as a thesis ot comprehensive examination being

1 mi that has been judged by a comniillee. the conference

must involve a majority ol the committee and the Document-
ed v.'iccnicni Referral Form must be agreed to and signed by a
majority "i the committee and the student Copies are
distributed to the student, the faculty member/administratoi

tiling the agreement, the department chair, and the Office of
the Provost. I he Office ol the I'rovost will file the official

documents with the Office ol Student! onducl l*he form must

he filed within ten calendar days ot the conference

b Hv signing the agreement, the student wanes the right to
appeal the sanctions agreed upon in the conference. II the

student fads to fulfill the written agreement, the faculty

member administrator may file an academic integrity referral

against the student lor noncompliance,
c It a prior academic integrity violation lor the student is on

record, the matter will be referred to an Academic Integrity

Hoard I see section D. Multiple Violations)
d If a documented agreement is not reached, the laculiy

member/administrator shall inmate the lonnal adjudication
process by tiling an Academic Integrity Referral Form with ihe

department chair, within ten calendar days of the conference
with the student
5. Option III: Resolution by formal Adjudication. A laculiy
member administrator should pursue formal adjudication if:

- he she cannot reach, or chooses not to attempt, a mutually

cable resolution with the student regarding the facts of the
case or sanctions lo be imposed

- he she believes that the violation is so severe that it warrants the
following sanctions:

* awarding a failing grade on a project or exam I such as a
graduate qualifying for a comprehensive exam or dissertation)
when resubmitting the project or retaking the exam is not

* involuntary withdrawal from part of II IP's academic or other

* suspension

* expulsion

* rescission of a conferred degiee

a I he faculty member administrator should tile an Academic
Integrity Referral form with the department chair, within ten
calendar day s of the ohser\ alion or discov er\ o\ the v lolalion
or within ten calendai days of the failure to reach a resolution
through Option I or Option II If the violation pertains to
work being judged by a committee, the form must be signed by
a majority of the committee. The form will contain a descrip-
tion of the alleged violation, including the tune. date, and
place of occurrence, and the recommended sanction if the

student is lound to have violated this policy,
b. Ihe department chair will forward a copy of the Academic
Integrity Referral form to the student, within ten calendar
davs of receiving notification of ihe allegation, and contact
the student to schedule a hearing lo rev icw the facts surround-
ing ihe allegation and recommended sanctions if the student is
determined to have committed a violation.

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c. The hearing should be scheduled so as to allow the student .1
reasonable time to prepare .1 defense (within ten calendar days
hi being notified of the allegation by the department chair).

d. Tins hearing will involve the student, the department chair,
and the faculty member/administrator, and in the case of a
graduate student, the dean of the School oft iraduate Studies

and Research (OI dean's designee I: all parlies ina\ tn\ He others

uiili pertinent information. The student and the faculty
member administrator must be given the opportunity to
submit and review written, physical, and testimonial evidence,
and to question w itnesses.
c. The accused student may identify an ad\ isor. w ho may be an
attorney, to he present at the hearing. The advisor may only
consult pn\ately with the student

f. The student may wane Ins her right to a hearing in writing. II

so. the sanction recommended by the person filing the referral

will he imposed unless the sanction is suspension, expulsion, or
rescission of a degree. Suspension, expulsion, or rescission of a
degree must be implemented by the president's designee

g. If the accused student receives proper notification of the
hearing and fails to appear when the hearing has been
scheduled, the hearing will be held in the student's absence and
the department chair will render a decision based upon
information presented by the faculty member/administrator.

h. Following the hearing, the department chair will render a
determination based on the information presented at the
hearing. Within ten calendar days of the hearing, the depart-
ment chair will forward a written report summarizing the
hearing that includes the outcome, the factual basis for the
determination reached, the sanction to be issued, and the
appeal procedures. The original report is sent to the student
with copies to the faculty member administrator and Office of
the Provost. The Office of the Provost will tile the official
documents with the Office of Student Conduct.
1. In the event that a department chair cannot or will not fulfill
the above role, or in the event that the person filing the
referral is an administrator or department chair, the provost
designee will determine the appropriate individual to fulfill the
department chair's role and inform the student and the faculty
member/administrator filing charges within ten calendar days
of receiving notification of the allegation,
j. If a prior academic violation for the student is on record, the
case must be referred to the Academic Integrity Board ( see
section D. Multiple Violations). Otherwise, if there is no
appeal, the recommended sanction will be imposed.
B. Academic Integrity Board (Alii). The AIB may be asked to hear
cases filed at Option III: Resolution by formal Adjudication. In
addition, the AIB will hear all eases in which appeals to the chair's
decision are accepted bj the provost designee (see sections (' 1 and
C.2.. Appeals). The AIB will also re\ lew sanctions in cases of
multiple violations (see section D).

1 For graduate-lev el hearings and re\ icw s. the AIB will be made up
of four (4) faculty members, one ot whom will chair the board,
and two (2) graduate students, lor undergraduate hearings and
reviews the AIB will be made up of four (4) facility members, one
of whom will chair the board, and two (2) undergraduate students
A quorum requires the presence of four persons, at least one oi
whom must be a graduate student Hoi cases at the graduate level)
or an undergraduate Student ( for cases at the undergraduate le\ el 1
All members, including the chair, are voting members

2 \\ hen an AIB hearing is called, the AIB will he convened by the
provost designee The accused student shall be notified of the
tune. date, and place of the hearing and the names of those AIB
members scheduled to review his her case. If the hearing is an
appeal, this notification will also include details of the !
including the tune, date, and place of the alleged offensefs) and
the recommended sanction! si If the hearing is a review . ■!
sanctions in a multiple-violation ease (see Section D), the
notification should also indicate that more severe sanctions might

he imposed. I he hearing should be scheduled 110 sooner than ten
calendar days from the dale ol notification to the student

3. No later than three davs pi 101 to the date ol the hearing, a stu-
dent appearing before an \IB may, with good cause, provide writ-
ten notice of an) challenge to anj member on the board sitting in
judgment of his hei particular case In counting the three days.
weekends and official school holidays will not he included When
such a challenge is made, an alternate ineinhci will be appointed
to the AIB. Failure to give proper notice ol a challenge shall be .1
waiver of the right to make the challenge al anv lime during the

4. The AIB will review all material and heai all evidence pertinent to
the case from the accused and all witnesses Members of the AIB
shall be free to ask relevant questions to clarity information or
resulting issues

5. The AIB will hear evidence appropriate to the nature of its review
(sec section C, Appeals)

6. The student shall have a Ian and reasonable opportunity to
answer, explain, and defend against information and witnesses'
statements presented at the hearing I he student shall also have
the opportunity to submit written, physical, and testimonial
evidence and to call relevant witnesses on his her behalf.

7. The accused student may identity an adv isor, who may be an
attorney, to be present at the hearing. The advisor mav only
consult privately with the student.

X. After hearing all evidence, the AIB will privately, make its

decision based upon the evidence presented ami within the scope
of its review. A majority vote ot the \IB shall be required for any
decision If the AIB finds that the student more likely than not
committed the misconduct or infraction, and the student has no
prior academic violation on record, it may accept, reduce (hut not
increase), or modify the recommended sanction If the student
docs have a prior academic violation on record, the AIB may
increase the recommended sanction (sec section IX Multiple

9. If the student waives his her right to a hearing in writing, or
chooses not to appear at (he AIB hearing, the ease will be adjudi-
cated based upon the ev idence presented at the scheduled hearing
10. All hearings are closed unless the student requests an open hearing
in writing. The AIB chair has the authority to make the final
decision regarding access ot spectators to the hearing.
1 1 . The AIB must submit a written report of the decision within ten
calendar days to the provost designee, who will forward the
decision to the involved parties
C. Appeals. These appeal procedures apply to cases resolved through

formal adjudication. Cases ol academic integrity that are resolved

through Informal Resolution or Documented Agreement cannot be


1. If. after receiving the department chair's report on the outcome
of the hearing, the faculty member administrator or the student
disagrees with the decision, the sanction, or both, he she may
appeal to the provost designee within ten calendar days ,.|
receiving (he report I his. appeal must be in writing and describe
in detail the grounds fol the appeal These reasons may include
the following

a. Denial of a fair and reasonable hearing

b. New evidence (applies when there is an acceptable reason why

the information was n ,, ( presented at the original hearing)

c. Excessively harsh sanctions

2. The provost designee may denv the appeal 01 direct the appeal to
be heard by an MB wilhni leu calcndai davs Ml appeals involving
sanctions of involuntary withdrawal from pan of II P's academic
or other programs, suspension, expulsion. 01 rescission of a degree-
will be heard by an All)

'■ I nless the recommended sanction is suspension, expulsion, or
rescission of a degree, (he decision of the MB is final and will be

implemented by the provost designee

) suspension, expulsion, or rescission of a degree may be recom-
mended by the AIB bin can only he implemented by the prcsi-

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dent's designee, who is responsible i"i verifying thai due pro
was Followed
l> Multiple v loli i

1 Information about prioi violations is nol t «.- 1 > - \ . i u t to delermii
whethei .1 student violated the polic) in the currenl 1
Howevci such information is pertinent in determining the
appropriate sanction

2 11 .1 student is found in violation ol academic integrity two 01
more limes, all materials within the student's past and present
academic integrity tiles shall be used in determining appropri

ate sanctions Students with multiple academic integrity violations
ol record ma) be subject to additional sanctions, including possible
suspension or expulsion from the university

) I 01^-s previous!) resolved bj documented agreement 01
through formal adjudication al the department chair's level, an
\IH hearing will be scheduled 1 Ins hearing will icv iew all
information pertinent to the determination of an appropriate
sanction but will not reconsidei the issue ol whethei the polic)

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