Academic Integrity Policy
Students and faculty at Emmanuel College are dedicated to the development of an academic community in which each strives to accomplish her/his work with integrity and respect for one another. The following procedures are designed to facilitate and safeguard that goal.
Plagiarism on Papers and Other Course Assignments
Meaning: Essentially, plagiarism is theft, the theft of the work of another person. In an academic context, it is the unattributed presentation of the work of another person under one's own name.
Plagiarism occurs whenever a student uses the work of another person without change or with merely minor changes and does not acknowledge that fact. Acknowledgment must be made of material obtained through oral communication, written texts, audiovisual and other technological resources (e.g. CD-ROM, Internet). In written work, for example, the absence of quotation marks or indentation (to indicate quotation) suffices to establish the objective fact of plagiarism. Plagiarism can also occur in other circumstances (e.g. an art student presenting another's drawing as his/her own) and can be verified objectively.
A finding of plagiarism merely establishes the fact and does not consider the student's intention.
Cheating takes place on an examination or assignment when assistance is obtained from a disallowed source. Under no circumstances may a student submit as her/his own, work or ideas of another person (except for texts and notes associated with the course), whether exactly copied or paraphrased, unless explicit permission to the contrary has been given by the instructor. In addition, using notes or other outside sources of information during in-class examinations and assignments is prohibited, unless the instructor has given permission.
Cheating also includes voluntary assistance in another student's cheating.
Cheating may also include submitting the student's own paper or project for credit in more than one course, unless the course instructors have been informed and have consented to such multiple submissions.
- Students and Faculty of Emmanuel College are dedicated to the development of an academic community in which each strives to accomplish her/his work with integrity and respect for one another.
- The College regards cheating and plagiarism as serious violations of academic integrity. The College therefore recommends and fully supports faculty members in their decision to impose strong sanctions for cheating and plagiarism, including giving a failing grade for the course. Students should be aware that they place themselves in jeopardy when they violate academic integrity.
- Every teacher should stress in a clear and unambiguous manner what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and what penalties are likely to be imposed. This should be done early in the semester and before the first written assignment. It is recommended that teachers raise the matter again during the semester to underline its significance. However, a teacher's failure to do this can, under no circumstances, be used as a student's defense against a charge of plagiarism or cheating.
- If a faculty member finds that plagiarism or cheating has occurred, she/he has the right to fail a student on the assignment or, at her/his discretion, to fail the student for the entire course.
- When plagiarism or cheating is found and a penalty imposed, the faculty member should notify the student, the student's academic advisor, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs of this in writing. A copy of the memo will be kept in the student's file in the Registrar's Office until graduation.
- Plagiarism and cheating constitute serious violations of academic integrity.
- By affixing her/his name to a work the student is saying that the work is her/his own.
- A student found to have plagiarized or cheated in all or part of an assignment may receive a failing grade for that assignment or for the entire course, at the discretion of the instructor.
- A student may appeal an accusation of plagiarism to the Committee on Academic Integrity, but lack of intention will not be recognized as legitimate grounds for appeal. The Committee on Academic Integrity is comprised of 2 students, 2 faculty, 1 academic administrator, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- The student's academic advisor and/or the Vice President for Academic Affairs, when informed that a student has violated the college's academic integrity policy on more than one occasion, may notify the Committee on Academic Integrity of the matter through the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- Repeated violations of academic integrity may lead to further penalties that can be imposed by the Committee on Academic Integrity. Those penalties can include suspension or expulsion from the College.