IUP is an academic community within the society at large. All members within this community are expected to accept the responsibility for academic integrity and honestly. Academic dishonesty seriously erodes the quality of educational pursuits and is unacceptable at IUP. The following policies and procedures have been established to preserve the academic integrity of the university community, while also providing a process that protects the rights of students who allegedly violate these policies.
The university’s academic integrity policy is part of an ongoing effort to develop a community 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 community, while also providing a process that provides opportunities for students to respond to allegations that the policy has been violated.
Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following:
The university reserves the right to discipline any student for 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. This means the university maintains the right to issue discipline for reasonable cause.
Charges of academic integrity violations may be brought by a faculty member or administrator. Students who observe or become aware of a violation of academic integrity by another student are strongly encouraged to report it to a university official. A faculty member/administrator who believes that a student has violated an academic policy may elect to resolve the matter by Informal Resolution, by Documented Agreement, or by Formal Adjudication. Sanction(s) may not be imposed upon a student believed to have violated an academic policy without following one of 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. The university shall have the burden of proof in all cases.
A faculty member or administrator must use one of the following options to resolve alleged violations of academic integrity:
The various forms described in this policy are available from the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, deans’ offices, or department offices. Questions concerning the Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures can be directed to the Office of the Provost.
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