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Academic Honesty Policy

The College of St. Scholastica


Academic honesty and integrity are highly valued at The College of St. Scholastica. Academic dishonesty seriously violates the integrity of the academic enterprise and will result in academic penalties up to and including dismissal from the College.


Academic dishonesty can include misrepresentation of the work of others as one's own; dishonesty in testing; violating authorized guidelines established by instructors for individual assignments; sabotaging or damaging the work of others; or engaging in dishonesty in other academic work.

Collaborative Work

Faculty should make clear the degree of cooperation that is authorized for group projects as well as what behaviors constitute academic dishonesty within group work. Students are responsible for asking faculty for clarification in any unclear situation.

Reporting Academic Dishonesty

If a faculty member has determined that a student has been academically dishonest, the violation must be reported to the chair of the course department, the dean of the school in which the course is offered, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).


The minimum penalty to be applied by a faculty member for academic dishonesty within a course shall be failure of the assignment or test and the maximum penalty shall be failure of the course. In addition to the course-level sanction, a department may deny admission to or dismiss from a program a student who has engaged in academic dishonesty. The VPAA may impose additional requirements (such as counseling or remediation) or additional sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the College, even on the first instance of academic dishonesty.


Students who believe they have been treated unfairly related to academic dishonesty should follow the College's established academic appeal procedure.

Academic Dishonesty Procedure

When a student is suspected of academic dishonesty, the instructor who teaches the course, or, when the academic dishonesty is unrelated to a particular course, the department chair or director of the student's program (collectively, the "College representative"), has the authority to initiate academic dishonesty proceedings against the student.

The College representative shall engage in a conversation with the student to advise him or her of the allegation and to learn of the student's response to the allegation. The conversation can occur face-to-face or through the use of communication technology.

When a student fails to respond to a faculty request for such a conversation, the faculty member will form a judgment without the benefit of the student's viewpoint.

If the College representative concludes that the student was academically dishonest, he or she will apply an appropriate penalty (see "Penalties" section above) and will make a written (email is acceptable) academic dishonesty report that includes the following:

  1. the nature of the academic dishonesty;
  2. the academic sanction being imposed;
  3. the student's right to appeal;
  4. the individuals to whom the letter is being distributed;
  5. a statement that the VPAA has the authority to impose an additional academic sanction, within 15 working days of the date on the letter, if the VPAA believes that such a sanction is warranted when the student's academic dishonesty is considered in the context of the student's prior academic record;
  6. and a statement that the VPAA has the authority to share the academic dishonesty information with the Dean of Students and the Vice President for Students Affairs to determine whether additional disciplinary action should be taken based on the student's prior social behavior record at the College.

Revised August 2013