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Student Honor Code

Cleary University defines the word “honor” as academic integrity, moral and ethical conduct, and pride of membership in a community that values academic achievement and individual responsibility.
Cleary University students are expected to conform to a high standard of honesty and integrity in their academic work. The fundamental assumption under which the University operates is that work submitted by a student is a product of his or her own effort. If facts or circumstances are raised which call this assumption into question in a particular case, the student may expect to be subject to disciplinary procedures with penalties up to and including dismissal from the University. A student may be required to produce all sources and documentation related to a work in question. If applicable, the final grade in a class may not be recorded until an investigation has been concluded.

Honor Code Statement

All students of Cleary University are responsible for knowing and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behavior. In incidents of academic misconduct those students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy may be subject to both academic sanctions (assignment grades, course grades, additional assignments and the like) from the faculty member involved and non-academic sanctions given by the designated provost/dean (including but not limited to University probation, suspension, or expulsion). Students are asked to review and acknowledge understanding of the honor code in each Moodle classroom.

Types of Honor Code Violations

Plagiarism: Portrayal of another’s work or ideas as one’s own

  • Purchasing a paper from any source such as the Internet, and turning it in as if it were one’s own work
  • Improperly citing references on a references page or within the text of a paper

Cheating: Using unauthorized notes or study aids, allowing another party to do one’s work/exam as one’s own, or submitting the same or similar work in more than one course without permission from the course instructors

  • Taking an exam for another person
  • Looking at another person’s exam for answers
  • Bringing and using unauthorized notes during an exam

Fabrication: Falsification or creation of data, research, or resources, or altering graded work without the prior consent of the course instructor

  • Making up a reference for a references page
  • Making up statistics or facts for academic work

Aid of Academic Dishonesty: Intentionally facilitating plagiarism, cheating, or fabrication

  • Helping another person do a take-home exam
  • Giving answers to an exam
  • Collaborating with others on work that is supposed to be completed independently

Bribery: Providing, offering, or taking rewards in exchange for a grade, an assignment, or the aid of academic dishonesty.

  • Paying a student to do work on one’s behalf
  • Attempting to pay a teacher to change a grade

Threat: An attempt to intimidate a student, staff, or faculty member for the purpose of receiving an unearned grade or in an effort to prevent the reporting of an Honor Code violation.

Lying: Deliberate falsification with the intent to deceive in written or verbal form as it applies to an academic submission.

Cleary University’s Policy on Reusing Work

Self-plagiarism is defined as reusing a significant, identical, or nearly identical portion of a student’s own work without acknowledging that s/he has done so, or without citing the original work. One example of self-plagiarism is turning in the same paper (or substantial parts of the paper) for two courses without getting permission from the instructor.

During his/her studies at Cleary, a student may be asked to write on the same topic in multiple classes. In this case, his/her writing is expected to reflect new insights and conclusions to demonstrate critical thinking and intellectual growth. Cleary University recognizes that there may be times when there may be some overlap in assignments in different classes.

In cases where a student would like to use previous work from another class, he/she must (1) receive permission to use previous work from the instructor of the current course (2) appropriately cites the recycled work. If the student fails to follow this protocol, then the submitted work, recycled from another course, will be considered plagiarized.

To cite or quote previous work, the previous course work should be cited as an unpublished paper with the student as the author. Please refer to the APA publication manual or NoodleTools for the specific format.

PLEASE NOTE: Academically dishonest behaviors include, but are not limited to, the brief examples described above. If a student has a specific concern about what constitutes academic dishonesty we encourage her to speak with her instructor or if she does not feel comfortable doing so then she may contact the provost/designated dean for further clarification.

Academic Consequences of Cheating or Plagiarism

Students are responsible for creating their own work and are prohibited from using the works of others without proper citation. Students are expected to know and follow the University’s plagiarism policy as presented within the Student Portal.

Cases involving violations of the plagiarism policy will be treated as confidential. No discussions will take place other than those needed to determine responsibility or appropriate sanction, and all records under the University’s control will be destroyed if the student is exonerated. There is no statute of limitations precluding faculty or staff from acting on the discovery of alleged violations during the semester or subsequently, including after the student has graduated. Cleary University subscribes to Turnitin, a plagiarism prevention service that instantly identifies unoriginal content. If reviewed by Turnitin, an assignment should contain no more than 10% unoriginal content.

An instructor who finds proof of plagiarism will first discuss with the student the nature of the case, including its moral implications and its academic ramifications, and seek input from the student as to the circumstances. Faculty members are encouraged to consult with the provost/designated dean. Plagiarism normally results in a failing grade for the plagiarized work. The instructor also has the right to fail the student in the course. He or she may end the matter with his or her own action, if it is a non-flagrant or unintentional occurrence, or pass the case on to the provost/designated dean.

The provost/designated dean may elect to proceed with a review of the questionable material by the University Librarian. The provost/designated dean will report flagrant violations to the review committee with any recommendations for suspension or expulsion. Alternatively, the appropriate dean may have the student work with a designated University representative who will assist the student as s/he completes an acceptable assignment.

Students have the right to present their cases to the review committee before it deliberates. The decision of the review committee is final. If the faculty member involved is a member of the review committee, s/he does not participate while the appeal is being considered. The faculty review committee chaired by the appropriate dean will investigate flagrant cases and make any recommendations for suspension or expulsion to the Provost. The decision of the Provost is final.

Normally, expulsion from Cleary University for plagiarism is permanent; a student may not re-enroll. However, in very rare circumstances a student may be re-admitted. He or she must make a written request for re-admittance, explaining his or her case for re-admittance. This shall include evidence of changes that suggest plagiarism will not be repeated. The burden of proof is on the student. This evidence will be reviewed by a committee of faculty convened for the purpose. The committee will make the final decision on re-admittance using whatever criteria it deems appropriate to the case at hand, in keeping with applicable laws and regulations.

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