Academic Integrity and Dishonesty
n addition to academic performance, students are expected to demonstrate the qualities of honesty and integrity. It is the policy of the faculty and administration at CSULB to deal effectively with students who cheat or plagiarize. These acts of academic dishonesty are fundamentally destructive of the process of education and the confident evaluation of a student's mastery over a subject. Accordingly, all submissions by students are expected to be the original work product of the submitting student. Material that violates this requirement in any way, or that constitutes any form of dishonesty, cheating, fabrication, the facilitation of academic dishonesty, and/or plagiarism, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course and in appropriate disciplinary action being initiated.
Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining, attempting to obtain, or aiding another to obtain academic credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.
Examples of cheating during an examination would include, but not be limited to the following:
It is often appropriate for students to study together or to work in teams on projects. However, such students should be careful to avoid use of unauthorized assistance, and to avoid any implication of cheating, by such means as sitting apart from one another in examinations, presenting the work in a manner which clearly indicates the effort of each individual, or such other method as is appropriate to the particular course.
Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one's own , without giving credit to the source.
Some students truly do not understand what plagiarism is, and therefore plagiarize unwittingly or unintentionally. But ignorance is not an excuse for unethical academic conduct. Accordingly, here are rules to avoid any problems with plagiarism. Of course, these rules apply regardless of the citation form or style you may be using.
To insure compliance with academic integrity policies, written submissions will be submitted to TurnItIn.com. Submission of any writing assignment to an instructor teaching a criminal justice course constitutes consent by the student for the instructor to upload the paper to this anti-plagiarism database.
Academic Integrity Incident Reporting Form
Faculty use this form to report acts of academic dishonesty to the department chair, the Provost, and
the Vice President of Student Services.
Departmental Policy for Consistent Enforcement of Academic Dishonesty Violations.
If a faculty member (including lecturers and teaching assistants) in the Department of Criminal Justice determines that a student has engaged in an act of academic dishonesty, it is the position of the Department of Criminal Justice that some meaningful form of disciplinary action must be taken. The lighter sanctions provided for in Section 6.1(a) through (ac) of CSULB Policy Statement # 08-02 are insufficient for use in the Department of Criminal Justice because the justice professions call for practitioners who evidence high moral standards and impeccable professional ethics. Accordingly, breaches of academic integrity shall be handled as follows:
1. Unintentional Violations. If the faculty member is convinced that the lapse in academic integrity was not intentional (e.g., the student did not truly understand that s/he had plagiarized), then s/he may assign a grade of "zero" or "failing" to the particular work, thereby resulting in the proportional reduction of final course grade, but otherwise permitting the student to remain enrolled in the course and work toward earning a passing grade. Alternatively, the instructor may assign a failing final grade in the course to the offending student without referring the case to the Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action against the offending student.
2. Intentional Violations. If the violation seems intentional, then the faculty member must take the following courses of action (a) assign a failing final grade in the course to the offending student; and (b) refer the case to the Office of Judicial Affairs for probation or suspension.
3. Repeat Offenders. If it is discovered that a student has a formal record of academic dishonesty either on-file in the departmental office or with the Office of Judicial Affairs, then the faculty member shall (a) assign a failing final grade in the course to the offending student; and (b) refer the case to the Office of Judicial Affairs with a strong recommendation for expulsion.