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The University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as the use of the work and ideas of others without proper citation. Students who submit course materials or examination responses that are found to be plagiarized are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.
Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.
Thomas Edison State University students are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of their professions; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number or email address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal or financial holds on records.All members of the community are responsible for reviewing the academic code of conduct policy and behaving in keeping with the stated principles.
The purpose of this policy is to define and advise students of the academic code of conduct, and to identify violations and their consequences. It also provides a hearing and appeal process for students who believe they have been incorrectly accused of violating the standards of academic integrity.
The University considers any violation of this Academic Code of Conduct to be a serious breach of trust that threatens the academic environment of the entire community. Community members are in violation of the Academic Code of Conduct when acts of academic dishonesty occur.
These include, but are not limited to:
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct. If an incident of plagiarism was an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites or any other reasonable learning tool, in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by email.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or there is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean. The dean’s office will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary to evaluate the matter and determine the appropriate charge and sanction.
Allegations of violations of the Academic Code of Conduct may be initiated by mentors, staff or students enrolled at Thomas Edison State University. Specific allegations of a violation of the Academic Code of Conduct must be submitted in writing to the appropriate dean’s office. In cases of violations that result from inappropriate behavior in courses, the appropriate dean is the dean of the School that offers the course. In all other cases, the appropriate dean is the dean of the School in which the student is enrolled. The dean will review the matter and the student will be notified in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed. If the student disputes the charge or disagrees with the sanction, the student must submit a written request to the dean for a hearing within ten (10) days of receipt of the notice, or be deemed to have accepted the sanction.
The University reserves the right to review all credits, degrees and certificates. If any academic misconduct is revealed, those credits, degrees and certificates also may be rescinded. Records of all Academic Code of Conduct violations will be maintained in the student’s file.
In extreme or emergency circumstances, any officer of the University at the vice president or higher level may immediately suspend a student from access to University premises, activities or electronic sites pending disciplinary action. Such action will be reported to the provost and vice president.
A student who is found to have violated the Academic Code of Conduct is permanently ineligible to receive any academic award or honor. This ineligibility extends to any student who receives a grade of ZF for a course.
If a hearing is requested, such hearing will be convened at Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, N.J., within 21 business days after the request is received by the University. Students unable to travel to Trenton may attend the hearing telephonically via conference call. In these circumstances, every effort will be made to adhere as closely as possible to the procedures further outlined in this section.
The Academic Integrity Committee will review all reports and evidence regarding the misconduct charge and determine the appropriate outcome and decision. A written decision will be issued by the chairperson of the Academic Integrity Committee, within 10 business days of the hearing and will be sent to the student concerned via certified and regular mail.
The student shall have the opportunity to appeal any decision involving disciplinary action. An appeal must be submitted in writing to the provost and vice president within 10 business days after receipt of the hearing decision of the Academic Integrity Committee. The appeal must specify the grounds on which it is made. Allowable grounds for appeals are limited to the following:
The provost and vice president will issue a decision within 10 business days and may require that the previously imposed sanction be:
The decision of the provost and vice president is final.