Academic Standards

Students are expected to observe at all times the highest ethical standards as members of the academic community. Any form of dishonesty makes a student liable to severe sanctions, including expulsion from the College.

Faculty and staff members should report all instances of academic dishonesty to the appropriate dean, i.e., the dean who has jurisdiction over the class in question. The dean will review the evidence in consultation with the faculty or staff member to determine the appropriate sanction, which may include failure in a course. The dean may impose further sanctions, such as suspension or expulsion from the College. It is expected that the dean will make a determination within a reasonable period of time following notification of an instance of academic dishonesty. The dean will send the student a findings letter after a determination is made. Additionally, that dean should notify and consult with the dean of the student’s home school or college. A second instance of academic dishonesty may result in suspension and may be cause for expulsion. Students should note particularly the following seven specific policies:

  1. Examination Regulations—Students are expected to be familiar with the regulations that are posted before each semester examination period. Violation of any of these regulations makes a student liable to penalties ranging from failure in the examination to expulsion from the College.
  2. Cheating—A student who cheats on any examination is liable for penalties ranging from failure in the examination to expulsion from the College.
  3. Plagiarism—Plagiarism is the attempt to fulfill an academic requirement by using the ideas, words or work of another person and representing them as one’s own. Academic conventions dictate that students and scholars must acknowledge the source of phrases and ideas that are not their own. Many ideas and phrases are so familiar that they have become the common property of all; these obviously require no documentation. However, the use of ideas or phrases that are clearly original with another author requires that the appropriate credit be given to the original author. Plagiarism undermines that basic relationship of trust that must exist between teacher and student and among students for the educational process to work. For this reason, penalties for plagiarism range from failure on the assignment to expulsion from the College. For details regarding plagiarism, consult the library’s guide to plagiarism or the library services desk.
  4. Assisting Cheating or Plagiarism—A student who knowingly assists another student in cheating or plagiarism is subject to the same rules and penalties.
  5. Derived Work—Derived work is work containing material (even if modified) that has been previously submitted to fulfill the requirements of another course. Submission of derived work is allowed only with prior approval by the instructor, who may impose additional requirements (e.g., full disclosure in a citation). The penalties for unapproved submission of derived work range from failure on the assignment to expulsion from the College.
  6. Class recording policy—Students must obtain prior written permission from the instructor before making any audio/video recordings of a class. Unless this permission explicitly states otherwise, such recordings may not be shared with or distributed to others, and must be deleted or erased at the end of the semester. The penalties for unauthorized recording, sharing, distribution or retention may range up to expulsion from the College. Any student with a disability who requires class recordings as an accommodation must be approved by the disability support services staff and must notify faculty by presenting his or her instructor a notification form to be signed.
  7. Student Conduct—Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful to all members of the Le Moyne community, at all times. In particular, actions or behaviors that harass, disrupt or otherwise prevent orderly conduct of a course (in the classroom or during related activities) are unacceptable. A faculty member may consult with the appropriate department chair and/or dean regarding this behavior. Students engaging in such behavior may be subject to disciplinary action, including removal from the class, cancellation of the student’s registration in the class, and other penalties, up to expulsion from the College.

A student who wishes to exercise the right of appeal in these matters may request the Provost to convene a review board. This request must be in writing and submitted to the Provost’s office within 5 business days of the date of the findings letter. An appeal must be based on questions of improper procedure, new evidence uncovered after the date of the findings letter, the student disputing the facts of the case, or excessively harsh sanction. A review board consists of three faculty members and one nonvoting faculty member who serves as chair. These members are appointed by the president of the Faculty Senate. At the student’s request, two nonvoting student members may be appointed by the president of the Student Senate in consultation with the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of that body.

The student has the option of appearing before the review board to answer questions and make a summary statement. Alternatively, the student may submit a written statement to the review board. The review board may recommend one of the following:

  1. uphold the finding of responsibility and the sanction as originally imposed;
  2. uphold the finding of responsibility but reduce the sanction; or
  3. overturn the finding of responsibility.

It is expected that the board will meet to review the appeal and make its recommendation within a reasonable period of time following receipt of the appeal. The review board forwards its recommendation to the Provost who makes the final decision regarding the appeal. The Provost’s decision is final and is not subject to further review.

Academic Integrity Tutorial and Exam Requirement

All matriculated Le Moyne students must pass the Academic Integrity Tutorial and Exam during their first semester as matriculated students at Le Moyne. These students will be blocked from subsequent course registration until they have passed the exam.