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Academic Catalog

University of Saint Joseph    
 
    
 
  Dec 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Academic Integrity and Student Grievance Policies


Academic integrity policy

Student internal appeal procedures and external resourses

USJ academic integrity policy

Effective January 2017
It is the policy of the University of Saint Joseph that all members of the community act honestly.  By enrolling in or working at the University, all members, faculty, staff, administration and students, implicitly agree to uphold the University's policy on academic integrity.

Defining academic integrity

Why integrity?

Although USJ will penalize Academic Dishonesty, integrity bears its own rewards. Working with integrity means that we enjoy real accomplishments; if we cheat, steal, or lie, then we cannot call our "achievements" our own. In the rare case that it would go uncaught, copying from a friend's test may result in a desired grade but it also leaves the cheater without the skills and knowledge to enter a desired profession. Integrity therefore brings us the satisfaction of real accomplishment and the confidence of overcoming challenges. 

Why is integrity a community issue?

Although some people consider integrity a purely personal matter, every individual's actions impact our community. The rare student who graduates from USJ having committed Academic Dishonesty only diminishes USJ's reputation and the value of the degree that goes along with it. Dishonest students who cheat or plagiarize steal from the community. They steal the value of the University of Saint Joseph diploma. They steal from the hard work put in by other students or authors. They steal from the hard work put into teaching by the faculty.  Therefore, it is because USJ values the hard work put forth by its honorable students and faculty members that it so seriously sanctions Academic Dishonesty. 

Honor statement

Some faculty members choose to require that students write and sign the following Honor Statement when submitting work, but all assignments assume this pledge whether or not it is made explicit:  "I understand the Academic Integrity code, have acted with Academic Integrity ."

Academic dishonesty

Violations of the Academic Integrity policy can take many forms. Some examples of those forms follow, but they should not be viewed as an exhaustive list:

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of any material from another source without giving credit for that material back to the source. Whenever we use the terminology, ideas or information from another source - a book, an article, a teacher, a student, the Internet, etc. - we must make it clear that the information came from that source. Therefore, we can take credit only for ideas and language that are uniquely our own. Typically, faculty members will require that students use a predetermined format for attributing material to the original source, e.g., APA, MLA, CSE, AMA, Chicago, Turabian, etc., but the absence of a prescribed format in no way diminishes the necessity for attributing source material.

Here are some examples of plagiarism:

  • Copying from another document word for word without quotation and attribution, even if it just part of a sentence
  • Paraphrasing a passage from another work without giving credit back to that source
  • Using a sentence from another work while changing some of the key words in someone else's work to make it appear original
  • Using a quotation but changing or omitting some of the language in order to make it better suit the point you want to make
  • Using information from a lecture or ideas from another person without attributing credit
  • Submitting a paper, or part of a paper, to two different classes without permission from both professors (see also misrepresentation)
  • Using information, statistics or terminology from a source without attributing credit

Examples of what is not plagiarism:

  • Common knowledge: References to ideas/language that is commonly known within a field or discipline, or just generally known by the average reader, is not considered plagiarism. For example, a citation is not required for stating that Barack Obama was president. However, what constitutes "common knowledge" in a given field can become murkier. Typically, the test for common knowledge is as follows: Language/ideas stated in four or more texts that is not specifically attributed to another person typically falls under "common knowledge." Some professors might also consider references to class materials or ideas to be "common knowledge" while you are in that particular course, but students need to check with each professor accordingly. Students should not suppose that what one professor considers common knowledge will also be considered common knowledge in another course. Since determining common knowledge can be difficult at times, it is always better to cite information if there is any question as to its status.
  • Use of University resources: The University presumes that students will take advantage of available resources such as tutors at the Center for Academic Excellence and reference librarians at the library. Unless a professor explicitly forbids use of such resources or requires students to disclose the use of such resources, the undisclosed use of such resources is not considered a violation of Academic Integrity.
  • Proofreading: Provided only typographical matters are addressed, or unless a professor explicitly requires otherwise, getting assistance from a peer in proofreading a paper is not a violation of Academic Integrity

Unassigned collaboration: Refers to any work you do with peers for which you do not have permission from the professor. If you are assigned a presentation, then you must complete that assignment yourself. You obviously may not plagiarize parts of that presentation, but you also may not work with a friend in creating that presentation or purchase/acquire any parts of the presentation from another source. Some faculty allow students to receive feedback from peers or tutors provided the work remains original, but students should make sure they have that permission before engaging in any collaboration.

Cheating: Concerns things such as: copying answers from another person's test, accessing information during a test from an electronic device, fabricating information or a source, or any other access to information that is not authorized by the professor.  Students who allow other students to copy their work are just as guilty of Academic Dishonesty as the students who do the copying. 

Misrepresentation: Refers to making false statements in the academic context or committing other fraudulent activities. Examples include lying about the completion of an assignment, about a reason for missing class, about the reason you might want an extension on a due date, etc. Under the Honor Statement, a student who has witnessed Academic Dishonesty and fails to report Academic Dishonesty has committed a misrepresentation. Furthermore, misrepresentation might include the forgery of a professor's signature, the manufacture of false documents, falsifying a grade, submitting the same paper to two different professors without permission from each, etc. (see also plagiarism).

Cyberfraud: Concerns things such as misrepresenting yourself during an online course or through other electronic media. It also concerns more serious and potentially illegal acts such as manipulations of USJ computer files and tampering with computer programs or electronic correspondence. As technologies evolve, so will definitions of cyberfraud expand to include other similar violations.

Academic integrity office & committees

 Academic Integrity Officer (AIO)

  1. The AIO serves as a resource for both faculty and students concerning the University's Academic Integrity policy
  2. The AIO initially determines whether an alleged violation would constitute a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 violation, but the AIB can amend that initial determination.
  3. The AIO presides over AIB hearings
  4. The AIO is appointed by the provost
  5. The AIO sits on the Academic Integrity Boards in a non-voting, advisory context and provides facts of the case needed for the student and the board to make an informed decision
  6. The AIO keeps records of all A.I. violations and notifies administrative offices, e.g. registrar, as required. If any alleged violation does not have sufficient evidence to proceed as a case, all documents will be expunged from the AIO records.
  7. If requested by a faculty member or student involved in the A.I. case, the AIO may delay proceedings for extenuating circumstances. Documentation of extenuating circumstances may be solicited.
  8. The AIO is the institutional representative/member of the International Center for Academic Integrity and attends ICAI seminars or conferences supported by the University to ensure that the University remains abreast of best practices
  9. If for any reason the AIO cannot preside over an A.I. matter or is otherwise involved in bringing the charge forward, a previous AIO or an academic dean from a school other than that where the alleged violation occurred will serve as acting AIO for that particular case
  10. The AIO will present a yearly report on Academic Integrity to the provost and the community
     

Undergraduate Academic Integrity Board (AIB)

The AIO will openly solicit faculty and students to be included in a list of available members for a hearing board. Potential hearing board members must be approved by the dean of the school or dean of students. In addition, AIO may recruit specific board members as needed to fulfill particular hearing needs.

Hearing Boards will be composed of:

  1. Two faculty members, from different schools with 12 credits of teaching at USJ. Usually one will be from the school of the student with the alleged violation and one from a different school.
  2. The chair of the department of the course in which the violation is asserted. If the course is co-listed, the AIO will determine which chair will serve.
  3. Three students from different programs if possible
    • Students who have been found guilty of past violations may serve on the AIB provided (a) they completed the required sanctions and (b) they have the approval of the dean of their school.
  4. The AIO (nonvoting)
  5. The dean of the school that is home to the course in which alleged violation occurred also will be present. The dean is nonvoting except in  a tie. If the dean cannot attend, another dean may take his or her place.
  6. Before serving on any hearings, new members (faculty and students) must be trained by the AIO. When regular training is not feasible, a meeting with the AIO prior to a hearing is acceptable. 
  7. If the entire complement of the AIB cannot meet, a hearing may proceed with a quorum of two students and two faculty members. Either the dean or chair must also be present to serve as a voting member.
     

Graduate Academic Integrity Board (AIB)

The AIO will openly solicit faculty and students to be included in a list of available members for a hearing committee. Potential hearing board members must be approved by the dean of the school or dean of students.

Hearing boards will be composed of :

Two graduate faculty (faculty who regularly teach graduate courses) from different schools, who carry 12 credits of teaching at USJ. Usually one faculty member will be from the school of the student with the alleged violation and one from a different school.

  1. The chair of the department of the course in which the violation is asserted. If the course is co-listed, the AIO will determine which chair will serve.
  2. Three graduate students from different programs when possible
    • Students who have been found guilty of past violations may serve on the AIB provided (a) they completed the required sanctions and (b) they have the approval of the dean of their school.
  3. The AIO (nonvoting)
  4. The dean of the school that is home to the course in which alleged violation occurred also will be present. The dean is nonvoting except in a tie.
  5. Before serving on any hearings, new members (faculty and students) must be trained by the AIO. When regular training is not feasible, a meeting with the AIO prior to a hearing is acceptable. 
  6. If the entire complement of the AIB cannot meet, a hearing may proceed with a quorum of two students and two faculty members. Either the dean or chair must also be present to serve as a voting member.

Student bill of rights

  1. A student is presumed to be not in violation until exonerated of the charge or determined to be in violation. With the exception of other policies outlined here, the student is otherwise entitled to all rights and coursework in the class until A.I. proceedings conclude.
  2. A student may at any time confidentially meet with the AIO about general student rights and the A.I. policy, but the AIO cannot make presumptions of the outcome of proceedings
  3. As valued members of the University community, students may bring forth a charge of Academic Dishonesty against other students, staff and faculty members either to the AIO or through another trusted member of the community
  4. Provided the withdrawal deadline has not passed, a student can submit to the registrar a request to withdraw from a course. However, that withdrawal will not be executed until the A.I. proceeding is complete, and then may only go into effect if (a) the student did not receive a sanction of an F in the course or (b) the student has fulfilled whatever other sanctions, e.g., rewriting a paper, have been imposed.
  5. If the student's case goes to an A.I. hearing, the student may opt to have a trusted USJ faculty or staff member present, but that trusted member may not address the AIB directly. As this is an internal University matter, the student may not have a parent, lawyer or other non-University person present.
  6. Through a waiver, the student can request that a hearing be conducted before the 10 procedural day period. The University, however, is not obligated to expedite the process if not feasible.
  7. If the student is part of a group charged collectively, the student may opt to have the case handled individually
  8. In case of extenuating circumstances, e.g. serious illness, the student may submit a written request to the AIO to delay proceedings. The student may be asked to produce documentation. Final determination of delay rests in the AIO's discretion.

Submitting cases of academic dishonesty

Any member of the USJ community may bring forth an A.I. matter. Any academic integrity violation can be withdrawn at the discretion of that member.

Faculty

Faculty who discover potential violations will bring them forth according to policies outlined under "Procedures for faculty"

Staff

If Academic Dishonesty is discovered by any other University agent, e.g., a lie to the Registrar's Office, the University's agent in that context will bring the case to the AIO by filling out the AIF. The AIO will base proceedings off existing A.I. policy.

Portfolio

If Academic Dishonesty is discovered in a student's Critical Writing and Reasoning Portfolio, the academic agent who discovered the alleged violation will describe the nature of that violation to the student in the written section of the CWR Portfolio evaluation, and include a non-passing score for the appropriate criteria on the CWR Portfolio rubric for those students attending prior to 2016. Students under the portfolio that are being assessed with the TARGET will receive a non-passing score for citation/reference category. In either case the agent will submit an Academic Integrity Form and with the assistance of the AIO, follow the process based on  A.I. policy.

Proxies

If for any reason a faculty member or other University agent cannot present a charge, e.g., because of serious illness, the chair of the department in which the course was taught, or the dean of the school, may act as proxy.

  1. If Academic Dishonesty is discovered in any other context, e.g. a lie to the Registrar's Office, the University's agent in that context will bring forth the case as would a faculty member
  2. If for any reason the faculty member or academic agent cannot present the charge, the chair of the department in which the course was taught, or the agent's supervisor, may act as proxy
  3. If for any reason the AIO cannot be present or is otherwise involved in bringing the charge forward, a previous AIO or an academic dean from a school other than that where the alleged violation occurred will serve as acting AIO for that case

Students who discover academic dishonesty

Note:  "Procedural days" refers to weekdays on which regular classes or exams are held. This would include days where classes meet regularly, exam days and study days. This would exclude breaks, e.g. winter break, days where classes are canceled for weather and summers (unless the violation occurred in a summer class).

Student violation

  1. A student who believes he or she has knowledge of another student's violation should report it to the faculty member or AIO within six procedural days after the student concludes that academic dishonesty has occurred
  2. Anonymous reports are permitted. However, anonymous testimony cannot be considered in A.I. proceedings. A faculty member or the AIO may, however, pursue other evidence based on anonymous information.
  3. Formal report
    •  A student(s) may fill out a formal report by completing the Academic Integrity Violation Form (AIF) in consultation with the AIO or a faculty member
    • The faculty member or AIO may act on the report accordingly
    • The name of the student(s) filing the report will be held in confidence unless the matter goes to a hearing
    • A student(s) filing a formal report may withdraw the report prior to a hearing if they want 

Faculty/staff violation

  1. A student who believes he or she has knowledge of a faculty or staff member's violation should report it to the faculty member or AIO within six procedural days after the student concludes that academic dishonesty has occurred

  2. Anonymous reports are permitted. However, anonymous testimony cannot be considered in AI proceedings. A faculty member or the AIO may, however, pursue other evidence based on anonymous information.

​Formal report

  •  A student(s) may fill out a formal report by completing the AIF in consultation with the AIO
  • The AIO may act on the report accordingly by contacting the provost and the faculty/staff member's supervisor or the Office of Human Resources
  • In the case of an alleged faculty violation, the matter may be handled through the Grievance Committee, which will consult with the AIO
  • The name of the student(s) filing the report will be held in confidence unless the matter goes to a hearing
  • A student(s) filing a formal report may withdraw the report prior to a hearing if they want

Categories of academic integrity violation

The following categories describe three different severities of the academic violations described above in Section C:

Level 1 violation:

Refers to those instances where the violation is deemed a small matter of error amid otherwise sound work. May occur because of inexperience or lack of knowledge of the code of conduct needed for maintaining Academic Integrity. Intent may be questionable.

Examples:

  • Writing a 3-5 page paper and showing some attempt to paraphrase and cite, but does not do so throughout the length of the paper
  • Using facts, statistics, graphs, or other illustrative material without proper reference
  • Helping another student with the content of a paper without authorization

Level 2 violation:

Refers to instances where the violation is a more significant matter or affects a more significant portion of the assignment or coursework. When it is considered Academic Integrity is understood and yet not followed.

Examples:

  • Copying word for word or lifting phrases or a special term from a source or reference, whether oral, printed or on the internet, without proper attribution
  • Copying from a student on an exam
  • Lying to a professor to receive an extension
  • Helping another student write a paper
  • Engaging in unauthorized collaboration when they expressly have been instructed to do their own work
  • Using unauthorized notes or study aids or information from another student on an examination.
  • Discussing specifics of exam questions to a student taking the exam in a later section

Level 3 violation:

Refers to intentional and blatant disregard for Academic Integrity and the mission of the University. Involves premeditation or is an essential portion of the work for the course.  

Examples:

  • Buying a paper or using another person's paper and turning it in as your own work
  • Stealing a test
  • Forging a signature
  • Assuming a false identity
  • Conspiring to commit Academic Dishonesty
  • Fabricating data

Procedures for faculty

First steps

  1. A faculty member who believes he or she has found Academic Dishonesty should, within five procedural days of the discovery, electronically submit the Academic Integrity Violation Form (AIF) to the AIO. The faculty member may consult with the AIO prior to submitting the AIF, but the AIO will not disclose whether the student was found guilty of a prior violation until after the AIF is submitted.
  2. The faculty member may approach a student suspected of violation before submitting the AIF. However, the faculty member may not establish any sanction until after submitting the AIF and determining (a) whether the student has had prior violations and (b) the severity of this violation.
  3. Group Charged Collectively
    If multiple students are collectively charged with the same alleged violation, the faculty member can consult with the AIO to determine the appropriateness of meeting with the students as a group. This does not supersede each student's right to have his or her case handled individually.
  4. Within five procedural days of receiving the AIF, the AIO will:
    (a) Advise the faculty member whether the alleged infraction could be considered a violation of the Academic Integrity policy
    (b) Advise the faculty member if the violation qualifies as Incidental, Typical, or Flagrant
    (c) Notify the faculty member of any prior violations by the same student

  5. The faculty member then proceeds according to category of the violation

Level 1 violation

Procedures for a Level 1 violation

  1. If the alleged violation is Level 1, the faculty member must email student within three procedural days after receiving the AIF back from the AIO to establish a meeting with the student
  2. The faculty member must give the student six procedural days to respond to the allegation. The email must include the date that response would be required.
  3. If the student does not respond within six procedural days, the student defaults into violation and the faculty member's sanction goes into effect
  4. The faculty member and student must communicate within six procedural days after the student responds to the email. The faculty member must at that time (a) present the charge in writing through the AIF, (b) notify the student that he or she may meet with the AIO prior to admitting or denying any charges.
  5. In the case of emergency closures or other disruptions to the University's schedule, the meeting must occur within five procedural days upon the return to normal procedural days. Proceedings that would exceed the academic semester or would need to be initiated outside the academic semester, e.g. intercession or summer, may be delayed until the beginning of the next academic term or processed at the student's request.
  6. Either the student or the faculty member may request that the AIO attend meetings to discuss the alleged violation. Each party may meet with the AIO individually. If the meeting is scheduled when the AIO cannot attend, the meeting may be rescheduled to meet within five procedural days at another time when all parties can attend.
  7. The student will have three procedural days to consider the charge
  8. If the student admits the violation, he or she accepts the penalty set by the faculty member
  9. If the student denies the violation, the AIO will determine whether the student is in violation
  10. If the student does not reply to the faculty member within three days after receiving the charge, the student is found in violation and the faculty member's sanction goes into effect
  11. The faculty member will submit the final, signed AIF to the AIO within three procedural days

Sanctions 
Sanctions for Level 1 violations may not exceed a zero on the given assignment, and may also involve revision, resubmission or the completion of additional coursework. In addition to sanctions, faculty members are encouraged to treat Level 1 violations as teachable moments, but they may also consider the number of prior Level 1 violations when determining the severity of the sanction imposed. All students found in violation must complete an Academic Integrity course or meet with a CAE tutor for an A.I. consultation.

Level 2 violation

Procedures for a Level 2 violation

  1. If the alleged violation is Level 2, the faculty member must email student within three procedural days after receiving the AIF from the AIO in order to establish a meeting with the student
  2. The faculty member must give the student six procedural days to respond to the allegation. The email must include the date that response would be required.
  3. If the student does not respond within six procedural days, the student defaults into violation and the faculty member's sanction goes into effect
  4. The faculty member and student must communicate within six procedural days after the student responds to the email. The faculty member must at that time (a) present the charge in writing through the AIF, (b) notify the student that he or she may meet with the AIO prior to admitting or denying any charges.
  5. The student will have three procedural days to consider the charge
  6. If the student admits the violation, he or she accepts the penalty set by the faculty member
  7. If the student denies the violation, the case goes to an A.I. Hearing
  8. If the student does not reply to the faculty member within three days after receiving the charge, the student is in violation. The faculty member will submit the final, signed AIF to the AIO within three procedural days.

Sanctions for a first Level 2 violation

  1. The sanction for a first Level 2 violation may not exceed an F in the course. It may include additional coursework, e.g. rewriting the paper for a lower grade, but may not include additional coursework and an F in the course.
  2. Regardless of other sanctions, the student also must either (a) re-take the Academic Integrity course (if offered), (b) read materials about academic integrity as assigned by the AIO and pass a test, or (c) meet with a CAE tutor for an A.I. consultation. The student's graduation in the case of a senior, will be withheld until a, b or c is complete. Students may register for the following term but need to complete required sanctions before future classes can be taken.
  3. A student found in violation of a charge during the second semester of senior year who receives an F in the course will not be allowed to repeat the course for credit until after completion of any suspension
  4. Students who receive an F in a course because of Academic Dishonesty and who do not need the credits or requirement to graduate do not need to retake the course

Procedures for a second or third Level 2 violation

  1. The AIO will email student within three procedural days after returning the AIF to the faculty member
  2. The AIO must afford the student six procedural days to respond to the allegation. The email must include the date that response would be required.
  3. If the student does not respond within six procedural days, the student defaults into violation, the faculty member's sanction goes into effect and a hearing will be scheduled to consider other sanctions
  4. The AIO, faculty member and student must find a time to meet within six procedural days after the student responds to the email. The AIO must at that time (a) present the charge in writing through the AIF, (b) The AIO will communicate that the case must go to an A.I. hearing.

Sanctions for a second or third Level 2 violation

  1. Second Level 2 violation
    • A student found in violation of a second Level 2 violation will be suspended from the University for one or two semesters, typically the semester that follows the conclusion of proceedings
      • Students who typically attend only spring/fall classes will typically be suspended for the spring if found in violation in the fall, and for the summer and fall if found in violation in the spring. Depending on the structure of the student's program, the summer may count as a semester.
      • A student found in violation of a charge during the second semester of senior year receives an F in the course and will not be allowed to repeat the course for credit until after completion of any suspension
      • In addition to the suspension, the student typically will, at the discretion of the faculty member, also receive an F in the course
      • Regardless of other sanctions, the student also must either (a) re-take the Academic Integrity course (if offered), (b) read materials about academic integrity as assigned by the AIO and pass a test, or (c) meet with a CAE tutor for an A.I. consultation. The student's enrollment in the following term, or graduation in the case of a senior, will be withheld until either a, b, or c is complete. Students may register for the next approved term but need to complete required sanctions before future classes start.
  2. Third Level 2 violation
    • A student found in violation of a third Level 2 violation will be expelled from the University
    • This action requires the approval of the provost

Level 3 violation

Procedures for a first or second Level 3 violation

  1. The AIO will email student within three procedural days after returning the AIF to the faculty member
  2. The AIO must afford the student six procedural days to respond to the allegation. The email must include the date that response would be required.
  3. If the student does not respond within six procedural days, the student defaults into violation and the sanction goes into effect
  4. The AIO, faculty member and student must find a time to meet within six procedural days after the student responds to the email. The AIO must at that time (a) present the charge in writing through the AIF, (b) the AIO will communicate that the case must go to an A.I. hearing.

Sanctions for a Level 3 violation

  1. First Level 3 violation
    • The sanction for a first Level 3 violation is a one-semester or one-year suspension, but may include expulsion
      • Students who typically attend only spring/fall classes will typically be suspended for the spring if found in violation in the fall, and for the summer/fall if found in violation in the spring
      • A student found in violation of a charge during the second semester of senior year and receives an F in the course will not be allowed to repeat the course for credit until after completion of any suspension
      • In addition to the suspension, the student will, at the discretion of the faculty member, also receive an F in the course
      • Regardless of other sanctions, the student also must either (a) re-take the Academic Integrity course (if offered), (b) read materials about academic integrity as assigned by the AIO and pass a test, or (c) meet with a CAE tutor for an A.I. consultation. The student's enrollment in the following term, or graduation in the case of a senior, will be withheld until either a, b, or c is complete. Students may register for the next approved term but need to complete required sanctions before future classes start.
  2. Second Level 2 violation
    • A student found in violation of a second Level 3 violation will be expelled from the University
    • This action requires the approval of the provost

Atypical sanctions

In cases where students do not fit pre-existing categories, e.g., mixed violations such as having been found in violation of a Level 3 violation and then in a subsequent case guilty of a Level 2 violation, the AIO (non-hearing), in consultation with the faculty member, or the AIB (hearing) may alter sanctions accordingly provided they act within the spirit of the sanctions listed, including expulsion.  For example, a Level 2 violation that occurs on top of a Level 3 violation may be treated as a third violation rather than a second violation.

Hearings

Timeline

  1. The AIO will convene a hearing of the AIB within 10 procedural days after receiving the signed AIF form indicating that a student has denied a charge or after the notification to a student of a required hearing. All parties will be notified through email
  2. The student will be informed of the hearing date, time and location, and should be given a minimum of three procedural days in which to write a response to prepare for the defense. The student has the right to examine the written evidence or exhibits in the AIO's possession.
  3. Through a waiver, the student can request that a hearing be conducted before the 10 procedural day period
  4. Within five procedural days after the hearing, the AIO will send via registered mail, or by email if agreed to by the student, notification of the AIB's verdict and sanctions

Verdict

  1. The student's guilt shall be established through majority vote on a more-likely-than-not basis. Circumstantial evidence may be considered by the hearing board. 
  2. If the vote results in a tie, the dean/chair may vote to break the tie
  3. The AIB votes separately on each of the following matters:
    • Whether the student is in violation
    • The category of the violation (Level 1, 2 or 3)
      • Should the AIB agree on a higher level than was originally presented, the student has the right to have another hearing with different AIB members. If the second AIB does not agree with the first AIB hearing board's decision to increase the level of the offense, the original level and sanctions determined by the faculty and AIO will go into effect.

Sanctions

Except in the case of an atypical sanction, the AIB must impose a penalty within the range of penalties allowed

Hearing policies

  1. More than one charge against a student can be considered at a hearing
  2. A hearing may be conducted in the absence of the student after the AIB has made a reasonable effort to provide adequate notice of the hearing time, date and location
  3. The hearing is closed to anyone not explicitly admitted through the A.I. policy
  4. The hearing shall be recorded by digital recorder
    • The original record of the hearing shall be retained in a confidential file in the Office of the Academic Integrity Officer for five years after the event or two years after graduation unless there is a transcript notation involved, whereby the file will be retained permanently
    • Only the provost, AIO, or dean of the school in which the incident occurred shall have access to these records
    • The proceedings of the appeals hearing as well as all written documents arising out of the hearing are to be held in the strictest confidence
  5. The student may bring to the hearing a faculty or staff member of her or his choice from the University's community. A reasonable effort should be made to accommodate the schedule of an advisor who will assist the student accused of academic dishonesty.
  6. Any AIB member who has been involved in investigating the case or potentially part of the case should not serve on the AIB while it is reviewing the case. A replacement will be appointed by the AIO. Any AIB members should recuse themselves if they are concerned with a potential bias.
  7. The student may confront and cross-examine witnesses

Appeals

  1. A student may not appeal the verdict of any hearing by the AIB, but may appeal the sanction in hopes of a lighter sanction
  2. A student may not appeal the sanction for a Level 1 offense or a first Level 2 offense
  3. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the provost and the AIO within three procedural days after the student receives notification
  4. Within six procedural days after receiving the appeal, the provost, who may consult with the AIO when considering the appeal, will respond to the student in writing and notify the AIO of his/her decision
  5. The provost's decision is final. The student is permitted no subsequent appeals.

Reference Material - http://www.clemson.edu/academics/academic-integrity/

Student internal appeal procedures and external resources

If you are participating in any University of Saint Joseph classes or programs and you wish to appeal a decision or request and exception, the following are links to the appropriate policy and procedure:

  1. Final Grade Appeal Procedure
  2. Undergraduate Academic Probation/Dismissal Policy and Procedure
  3. Graduate Academic Probation and Dismissal Appeal
  4. Request an exception to a University Academic or Administrative Policy
  5. Academic Integrity Appeal of Hearing Board Sanctions

For students who have exhausted all institutional appeal procedures, the following state and accrediting agencies are available to address complaints:

  1. The University's regional accrediting agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC),  3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803, at 855.886.3272 or https://cihe.neasc.org
  2. The Connecticut Office of Higher Education, at: Office of Higher Education, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2326; at 800.842.0229; or www.ctohe.org/studentcomplaints.shtml
  3. If you reside outside of Connecticut and are attending the University of Saint Joseph via an online distance learning course, in many cases you can file a complaint in the state where you are residing. As required by federal regulations, we direct you to a list of state-by-state complaint resources compiled and updated by the State Higher Education Executive Officers: www.sheeo.org/sites/default/files/Complaint%20Process%20Links%2012-2012.pdf

Student petitions for exceptions to policy

Undergraduate and graduate

A Student Petition may be submitted to the registrar's office to request an exception to an academic or administrative policy for reasons beyond the student's control. 

The Student Petition process is not intended for:

  • Grade disputes
  • Academic progression in a program 
  • Appeals of academic dismissal, for student disciplinary appeals
  • Failure to assume responsibility for meeting published deadlines 

The Student Petition must be submitted in writing using the proper form and attaching any additional or supporting documentation. The policy exception or intended outcome of the petition should be stated in the petition, along with the pertinent reasons for requesting the exception and a rationale for approving the exception. 

Petition approvals, even for medical reasons, are not automatic. Petitions can be approved or denied. The outcome will depend on what policy exception is being requested and the rationale for approval. The more specific the petition and supporting information provided for review, the more thoroughly it can be assessed.

Students requesting exceptions to policy due to medical or extenuating circumstances should provide documentation of the medical condition or extenuating circumstance, or otherwise substantiate their reasons for submitting the petition. 

For example, if you are requesting a late drop and refund for medical reasons, you must include a statement from your physician confirming the dates, medical situation and other relevant information concerning your reason for petitioning. 

Please understand that if you received loans or a refund of loan proceeds from USJ related to a course that you are now asking to drop, you may have to repay the money from the loan or refund to the lender if your petition is successful.  

Where to submit petitions

Student Petitions should be submitted directly to the registrar's office:

  • In person
  • By  U.S. mail 
  • Attachment to an email
  • Fax 

The registrar's office will assemble all information related to the petition, including the student's academic record and transcript, and forward the material to the University provost, who makes the final determination for all Student Petitions. 

Once the final decision has been made, students will be notified of the decision in writing via U.S. Mail by the registrar's office. It can take up to two-four weeks to process a Student Petition.