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Academic Integrity

Dishonesty
Davenport University recognizes the principles of honesty and truth as fundamental to ethical business dealings and to a vibrant academic community of faculty and students. All members of an academic community shall be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. The work that a student submits shall be a fair representation of his/her ability, knowledge and skill. The University expects students to respect and exhibit these principles as they form the basis of the quality of the institution and the quality of Davenport’s graduates. As stated in the Student Code of Conduct the University may discipline a student for academic dishonesty. Academic Dishonesty is defined as any activity that tends to undermine the academic integrity of the institution.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Cheating
  2. Fabrication
  3. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty 
  4. Interference 
  5. Plagiarism 
  6. Violation of Course Rules 

Definitions of these violations can be found in the Student Code of Conduct 

Minor violation
A minor violation occurs the first time the student has a breach of academic integrity and typically involves an assignment or activity that does not represent a significant part of the course grade. The academic sanction for a minor Academic Dishonesty violation will be left up to the discretion of the faculty member but generally will be a zero given on the assignment or activity.

Major violation
A major violation can occur in one of two ways:

  1. A major level violation occurs the second time a particular student has a breach of academic integrity involving an assignment or activity regardless of whether it represents a significant part of the course grade as described above. 
  2. A major level violation occurs when the infraction is a first violation that occurs on an assignment or activity that is a significant part of the course grade such as an exam or major paper.

The sanction for a major academic integrity violation shall be an “F” in the course. When an academic integrity violation includes flagrant behavior or the student’s overall behavior or performance record is substandard, the faculty member shall refer the incident to the Center for Campus Life for disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct. The Center for Campus Life may also initiate disciplinary procedures against students with repeated academic integrity violations.

Process for Violations
Once a faculty member (or Department Chair in the absence of the faculty member) believes a student has violated the Academic Dishonesty Policy either during the course or after the completion of the course, will notify the student via the University’s student email system (PantherMail) within ten business days to request a meeting to discuss the incident. This meeting can be held in person, via phone, or virtually. As a result of this meeting, if the faculty member determines there is a violation, he/she will submit a University Incident Report along with any supporting documentation, and can assign a sanction for the incident. Notification of a sanction shall be submitted to the Department Chair and College Dean. If the student does not respond to the faculty member’s request for a meeting or if the student fails to meet with the faculty member, the faculty member can submit a University Incident Report along with any supporting documentation, and can assign an academic sanction for the incident. A student involved in the Academic Dishonesty Policy violation process may continue coursework until the matter is final unless due to the nature of the violation the Provost deems the student unfit to continue in the class, and/or participate in an internship/clinical.

Appeal
If the student does not admit responsibility for the violation, or does not accept the sanction by the faculty member, the student may appeal in writing to the faculty member’s Department Chair. The instructor and student will both present documentation to the Department Chair within ten business days from the initial meeting. The Department Chair, or their designee, will review the documentation with the faculty member and student, either together or separately within ten business days of receiving documentation. This review can be held in person, via phone, or virtually. The Department Chair or designee will make a decision within ten business days. Students may still be subject to further disciplinary action under of the Student Code of Conduct. If the student does not accept the decision of the Department Chair, he/she can appeal in writing to the Dean of the College in which the course resides (or designee) within five business days of the decision of the Department Chair. The appeal is allowable only if there is new evidence not available at the time the student met with the Department Chair, or if the student believes the sanctions were disproportionate to the violation. The Dean will decide whether or not there is a basis for an appeal and, if there is, upon consideration of the appeal may, using his or her discretion, change any determination and any sanction levied within ten business days of the appeal. The decision of the Dean will be final. The student may still be subject to further disciplinary action under of the Student Code of Conduct.