At University of Jamestown, we operate in an atmosphere of mutual trust between and
among instructors and students. Sometimes this trust is violated through the
intentional or accidental misrepresentation of facts, ideas, or data by members of the
academic community. Such misrepresentations are violations of the Academic
Integrity Policy. There are three main types of violations: cheating, inappropriate
collaboration, and plagiarism.
Cheating involves the misrepresentation of knowledge or experience. For example, if
students use unauthorized materials during an examination (for instance, by using crib
sheets, looking at other students’ exams, obtaining the questions in advance, and so
on) they are falsely representing themselves as having recalled material or reasoned
correctly, when, in fact, they did not. If students fake the data in a laboratory
experiment, they are falsely suggesting that they acquired information in accordance
with prescribed procedures.
Inappropriate collaboration involves presenting academic work as one’s
independent effort when it includes significant elements of the work of others. When
important ideas or actual phrasings in an academic work belong to an unnamed
colleague, misrepresentation has occurred. It is dishonest for one student to write
some or all of another student’s paper or presentation. It is equally wrong for one
student to develop key ideas for a project that is represented as the work of another.
Inappropriate collaboration is a violation for which both or all parties will be held
Plagiarism involves both theft and cheating. When someone appropriates, for use in
formal course work, the wording, phrasing, or ideas of another, and either accidentally
or intentionally fails to acknowledge the debt, it is considered theft. Plagiarism is also
cheating in that one is creating a false impression about one’s own intelligence, ability,
and achievement. If students are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism, they
should seek help from their instructors and refer to appropriate handbooks.
It is the responsibility of every member of the University of Jamestown community to
maintain the integrity of the grading system; anyone with knowledge of violations of
the Academic Integrity Policy must report this information to a faculty member, a
member of the college staff or administration, or the Vice President/Dean of
All cases of academic dishonesty must be reported to the Vice President/Dean of
Academic Affairs, who will maintain records on each student who has committed a
violation of the policy.
Students who violate the Academic Integrity Policy of University of Jamestown will be
subject to disciplinary action.
A course instructor who suspects a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy should
inform the student or student of his/her suspicion and present him/her with the
evidence, allowing the student an opportunity for rebuttal.
Upon determination of a violation, the course instructor will decide the penalty to be
imposed. Depending upon the severity of the infraction, this may involve a
requirement to complete the assignment again, failing the student for the assignment,
or failing the student for the course.
If a dispute arises between a course instructor and a student about whether a violation
has been committed, it is referred to the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs
for resolution. If the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs determines that no
question exists, the appeal process is terminated. If any question remains, the Dean
may refer it to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate for a hearing. The
decision of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate about the commission of
an offense will be final in all such cases.
If a student involved in a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy is not enrolled in
a particular instructor’s course, as in a case of inappropriate collaboration, the
instructor should inform the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs of the case for
appropriate disciplinary action.
In the case of multiple violations of the Academic Integrity Policy by a student, the
Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs may impose additional sanctions, which
may include academic warning, academic probation, academic suspension, or
expulsion. If any question remains, the Dean may refer it to the Executive Committee
of the Faculty Senate for a hearing. The decision of the Executive Committee of the
Faculty Senate will be final in all such cases.