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Academic Integrity Statement

Students are responsible for proper conduct and integrity in all of their scholastic work. They must follow a professor's instructions when completing tests, homework, and reports, and must ask for clarification if the instructions are not clear. In general, students should not give or receive aid when taking exams, or exceed the time limitations specified by the professor. In seeking the truth, in learning to think critically, and in preparing for a life of constructive service, honesty is imperative. Honesty in the classroom and in the preparation of papers is therefore expected of all students. Each student has the responsibility to submit work that is uniquely his or her own. All of this work must be done in accordance with established principles of academic integrity.


Acts of Academic Dishonesty (Cheating)

Specific violations of this responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:


Plagiarism is taking another person’s words, thoughts, or organizational schemes and pretending they are your own. Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is an academic crime and will result in a failing grade for the paper and perhaps for the course.

Plagiarism may result from lack of research skills, lack of attention to detail, or forgetfulness, as well as from a deliberate attempt to mislead the reader. The instructor cannot know what you intended and cannot, therefore, distinguish between deliberate and accidental plagiarism.

Some common examples of plagiarism include:

Please note that this does not mean that you should avoid discussing your writing assignments with anyone. Writing is a social act. You are in school to collect information from as many sources as possible, and we urge you to read widely and to talk things over with your peers, your preceptor, your colleagues, your family, and others. However, once ideas have been collected, it is you who should structure and present them in your own words, giving credit where it is due. If preceptors or others critique rough drafts of your assignments, please be sure that their help is limited to pointing out places where additional facts would strengthen your argument, passages which need to be clarified, errors in fact or reasoning, or problems with style and mechanics. They should not make the changes themselves, however, for that would take an important learning opportunity away from you.

It is acceptable to obtain editing help for your final document, if needed, but only after it has been graded and before it is submitted in final form for binding. Please note that the editing should only address issues of grammatical accuracy, consistency and conciseness of expression. An editor should not add information to a document; he or she simply polishes the information that is there.

It is the responsibility of the faculty to state clearly in the consolidated course syllabi all expectations pertaining to academic integrity and plagiarism. Sanctions peculiar to an individual course should also be explained in the section of the consolidated syllabi related that course.


The following levels of sanctions may apply.

  1. Warning: A written notice that repetitions of misconduct will result in more severe disciplinary action. The warning becomes part of the student's file in the Office of the Registrar and, if there is no other example of misconduct, is removed at the time of graduation.

  2. Loss of eligibility for honor society induction.

  3. Failure for project (exam, paper, experiment).
  4. Failure of course.

For serious and repeat offenses, the University reserves the right to suspend or expel.

Imposition of Sanctions
  1. First Offense: Any combination of A, B and/or C.

  2. Second and Subsequent Offenses: Sanction C or D.
Expectations and sanctions will be explained in every syllabus. Students failing a course because of an instance of academic dishonesty may not drop the course. The student may appeal a charge of academic dishonesty within 10 days of receiving notice of same. 

Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are not acceptable behavior and are viewed as serious breaches of educational and professional values.  Such behavior may result in dismissal from the MHS Program. Infractions are reported to the MHS Chair at the discretion of the faculty member involved.  Any appeals will follow the procedures outlined below:

  1. The faculty member in whose course or under whose supervision the alleged offense took place will be the first one to act.
  2. The faculty member will investigate, and if it is determined that an offense occurred, the faculty member in conference with the Chair will decide on the appropriate action and communicate the action to the student.  
  3. Once notified, the student has the right to request, in writing, a review of the entire matter by a Graduate Academic Hearing Board (GAHB) consisting of the chairs of each graduate program (or their designees). Files on violations of this academic integrity code will be kept in the Office of the Dean.