Academic Integrity: Information for Students
What is academic integrity?
Academic integrity demonstrates respect for the ideas, knowledge, and work of others. It also means that one’s own ideas, knowledge, and work are respected and acknowledged. As a learning community at Saint Joseph’s University, we highly value honesty and integrity in all of our academic work, principles of social justice that shape and form our lives not only as current academics (students and faculty) but also as professionals well beyond the life of the university.
What constitutes a violation?
According to Saint Joseph’s University’s Academic Honesty Policy, these categories, among others, are a violation of academic integrity:
- e.g., communicating with a peer about exam questions and answers, copying answers on an Assignment (read more)
- e.g., presenting the ideas and/or words of others as if they were one’s own (read more)
- e.g., asking or hiring someone to do your work, contract cheating (read more)
- e.g., making up data for a laboratory report, creating an academic record based on false information (read more)
- e.g., using a fake ID (read more)
What happens if a violation report is filed?
When a faculty member believes that a student has violated SJU’s Academic Honesty Policy, the faculty member must notify the student (phone, email, letter) of the alleged infraction within ten days of discovery. The faculty member then interviews the student (phone, email, Zoom) as soon as possible after the notification to the student is given. Following the interview, if the faculty member believes the student is guilty of violating the policy, the faculty member then records either an F or zero for the test/assignment or an F for the course. Finally, the faculty member completes a Violation Report on the Nest. It is important to recognize that nothing happens upon a first violation report beyond the sanction that the faculty member has designated for the student. The student has the right to request an appeal hearing regarding the allegations in the violation report. If the student has a second violation report filed about their work, the Academic Honesty Board will be notified and will make a determination on whether a broader sanction is warranted.
What happens if I receive an F but no violation report is filed?
If you receive a sanction but no report was filed, you may speak with the chair of the department in which the class is offered. If the issue is unresolved, you may contact the chair of the Academic Honesty Board.