From the 2016-17 Catalog - pages 84-85
Plagiarism and Cheating
The College and faculty guarantee the integrity of the academic process. Since cheating and plagiarism are threats to their integrity, all members of the College community must work together to prevent their occurrence.
The instructor in any course assumes the responsibility for fair evaluation of academic progress, and is obligated to explain at the beginning of each course how the College’s policy on cheating and plagiarism applies to that particular course. Students are expected to perform honestly and to work in every way possible to eliminate cheating by any member of a class.
Definitions: “Cheating” means the giving or receiving of information illicitly with intent to deceive the instructor in his or her effort to grade fairly any academic work. “Plagiarism” is “to take and use as one’s own the thoughts, writings, or inventions of another” (Oxford English Dictionary). It is plagiarism when one uses direct quotations without proper credit and appropriate quotation marks, and when one uses the ideas of another without proper credit.
When a faculty member believes an academic integrity violation has occurred in his or her class, the faculty member will discuss with the student the reasons for his or her suspicion of an academic integrity violation. The student will be given the opportunity to respond and to explain any circumstances that he or she believes the faculty member needs to consider with regard to the situation. Following this discussion, the faculty member makes a decision as to whether the student committed a violation. If an instructor determines a student is guilty of the cheating or plagiarism, the instructor will submit a written report of the incident to the Office of the Registrar with copies to the student. The report will be filed in the student’s permanent folder. No student may drop a course or withdraw from the College prior to resolving an Academic Integrity Charge.
The following penalties for cheating and plagiarism will apply:
First Offense: The instructor will not give the student any credit for the work involved.
Second Offense: The Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs will withdraw the student from the course in which the second offense occurred, and the student will receive an “F” in that course. The withdrawal will be effective immediately upon the Provost’s notification to the student and Registrar.
Third Offense: The Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs will suspend the student from the College for one semester (details of the suspension and the procedure for readmission will be provided in the letter of notification from the Provost). The suspension will be effective immediately upon the Provost’s notification to the student and the Registrar. The student will receive an “F” in all courses the student is enrolled in at the time of the suspension.
Fourth Offense: The Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs will permanently expel the student from the College. The expulsion will be effective immediately upon the Provost’s notification to the student and the Registrar. The student will receive an “F” in all courses the student is enrolled in at the time of the expulsion.
All decisions may be appealed for review by the Academic Policy Committee. The Academic Policy Committee will review the charges, consider the evidence, and either uphold or overturn the decision. The Academic Policy Committee, however, will not have the right to change the penalty. All decisions of the Academic Policy Committee will be by majority vote. Appeals must be submitted within eight weeks of the last day of the course.
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT AND STANDARDS
This North Carolina Wesleyan College (“College”) Code of Student Conduct and Standards (“Code”) applies to conduct that occurs on any property owned, leased, rented or used by the College (“Campus”), at College sponsored activities whether on or off Campus, and to any off-Campus conduct that adversely affects the College community or the pursuits of its objectives. The Dean of Students (“DOS”) of the College, or her/his designee, shall determine in his/her sole discretion, on a case by case basis, whether conduct occurring off-Campus potentially adversely affects the College community or the pursuits of its objectives sufficiently to implicate the Code. Each student is responsible for her/his conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of the degree, including conduct occurring before classes begin or after classes end, throughout the entire academic year, and including periods between terms of actual enrollment. The Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws or graduates from the College while the disciplinary matter is pending.
Notwithstanding any language in this Code to the contrary, the President of the College (“President”) has been expressly granted the authority by the Board of Trustees of the College (“Board”) through its approval of this Code to review and modify any decision rendered through the student conduct process provided by this Code when in her/his sole judgment that is in the best interests of the College to do so. Additionally, and notwithstanding the student conduct process provided by this Code, the President (or the DOS as the President’s designee, or when the President is not immediately available) have been expressly granted the authority by the Board through its approval of this Code to take any action deemed necessary in his/her sole judgment, up to and including immediate expulsion and/or immediate removal of any student from the Campus, when his/her judgment is that immediate action is necessary to protect the health and safety of any person or the College community, or prevent damage to property.
Student Honor Pledge
The College community believes the ideals of honor, trust, and equal treatment are essential to the learning environment that enhances character development, promotes academic integrity, and commits to fair and respectful treatment of all people. As a condition of admission and of continuing as a student, every student must sign the following pledge (“Pledge”):
“I pledge to conduct myself as an honorable member of this community. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, and I will obey the rules and regulations of the College. I further agree to report others who violate this Pledge and understand that I will be held responsible for my failure to act. I understand that if at any time, in the judgment of the Honor Board or the College, I have violated this Pledge, that I could be removed from the College community.”
Even though the ideal of honor is an abstract one, by implementing this ideal in signing this Pledge, I join the men and women of the College in making the concept of honor a reality. In addition to an honorable approach to academics, I pledge to adhere to the same principles in my daily living. I will respect the rights of others at all times and in all places and will obey the College’s rules and regulations outlining acceptable behavior. I understand that the rules include, but are not limited to, adhering to visitation policies, observing zero tolerance for illegal substances, respecting quiet hours, respecting the property of others, and abiding by all rules and regulations, permanent or temporary, adopted by the College.
If a student fails to sign the Pledge, then he/she will be removed from the College.