Intellectual Honesty and Plagiarism

Academic Honesty and Integrity

AULA expects all students to adhere to the highest standards of academic
honesty. In all learning activities — including papers, oral presentations, and
reports — students submit their own original work accompanied by citations
acknowledging words, facts, or ideas borrowed from any other source, including
electronic sources. A student may not submit the same work in two courses.


Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s writing, graphics, research, or
ideas as one’s own. Paraphrasing an author’s ideas or quoting even limited
portions of the work of others without proper citation are also plagiarism, as is
cutting and pasting materials from the Internet into one’s academic papers.
Extreme forms of plagiarism include submitting a paper written by another
person or purchased from a commercial source. Students should be aware that
AULA has access to software for detecting plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a violation of the principle of intellectual integrity and inquiry, and
the faculty takes plagiarism seriously when it occurs. If a student has any
questions about the nature of plagiarism, the student is encouraged to meet with
her or his advisor or course instructors for clarification. Each program faculty
also provides students with access to appropriate resources for avoiding
plagiarism. Ignorance of correct standards for referencing is not an acceptable
excuse for plagiarizing academic work.

Process and Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

When a faculty member suspects a student of academic dishonesty:

  1. The faculty member speaks with the student about the incident.
  2. The faculty member may request evidence to determine whether academic dishonesty has occurred. For this reason, students are encouraged to keep all drafts and notes pertinent to the development of a paper until the paper has been reviewed and returned and credit has been awarded for the course.
  3. If the faculty member determines that there is sufficient evidence to pursue a formal complaint of academic dishonesty, the faculty member submits a written record of the suspected violation to the Program Chair or designee.
  4. If needed, the Program Chair or designee undertakes further investigation of the incident.
  5. If Program Chair determines that academic dishonesty has occurred, the Program Chair imposes academic and/or administrative sanctions.
  6. The Program Chair prepares a report documenting findings and sanctions. Copies are sent to the student, the student’s advisor, and to the Office of the Registrar to be placed in the student’s file.
  7. The student may appeal a determination of, or sanctions for, academic dishonesty to the Provost within 10 days of receipt of notification.
  8. The Provost investigates the appeal, convening an Academic Review Board as an advisory committee if deemed appropriate. The Provost provides a written ruling within 30 days. The decision of the Provost is final.
  9. A second confirmed incident of academic dishonesty results in automatic Dismissal from the University.

Academic sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • Requiring that particular assignments be redone (including a potential requirement for supervision through the Math and Writing Center)
  • Assigning alternative or additional work that must be completed in order to obtain credit
  • Denying credit on the particular assignment
  • Denying credit for the course (as noted in the SLE)
  • Academic Probation
  • Administrative Sanctions include but are not limited to:
  • Formal reprimand
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal from the University

Formal Reprimand is a written document prepared by the Program Chair or Provost that describes the nature of the misconduct or violation that has occurred. The document becomes part of the student’s permanent record.

Suspension is an institution-initiated separation of the student from student status for a particular length of time depending on the nature of the offense. The student may be eligible to return if she or he meets all stipulated conditions for return. No credit is awarded while a student is under suspension. A Suspension is communicated to the student in writing and is noted on the student’s transcript.

Dismissal is an institution-initiated withdrawal of the student from student status.The University reserves the right to dismiss students who do not meet the
requirements of their Academic Probation. The Program Chair authorizes
Dismissal from the University and notifies the student in writing. Dismissal is
noted on the student’s transcript.