Skip to main content

Definitions for Purposes of this Policy

Click on the boxes below to read more about definitions for purposes of this policy.


"Academic Honesty" doing all work without plagiarism, lying, stealing, tampering, unauthorized assistance, or any other form of cheating.

"Academic Dishonesty" means cheating, attempting to cheat, or assisting someone else in cheating, even if unintentional.

"Academic Work" means any work done for a class or required to be submitted for credit done for any course or program of study. It can be assigned/completed at any campus or study abroad courses offered by the university, and in online, remote, or distance learning courses. Examples include, but are not limited to: quizzes, papers, required drafts of papers, required attendance, examinations, lab exercises, reports, performances, presentations, artwork, theses, and dissertations.

"Academic Honesty Panel" means a group of panelists designated by the Office of Academic Honesty to review an accusation of dishonesty during a Continued Discussion. It consists of three students and two faculty members for each panel. Cases that involve a graduate student, pharmacy student, or veterinary medicine students in the DVM program must have at least two student panelists and at least one faculty panelist from the associated college.

“Advisor” means an individual who assists an instructor or student in preparing for a Continued Discussion or the Multiple Violations Review Board. An advisor may not address the other parties in a meeting. Students that violated the policy or were found in violation by an Academic Honesty Panel may serve as an advisor if they have successfully completed the remediation program.

"Chair" means the student acting as the presiding officer of the Academic Honesty Panel or Multiple Violations Review Board.

"Day" means any calendar day that the university operates, excluding Saturday, Sunday, and university holidays. The official academic calendar of the university shall be controlling for purposes of determining which days are university holidays. When a certain act must be completed within a certain number of days following a specified beginning date, the beginning date will not be included in that total.

"Dismissal" means a dismissed student may not enroll at the university for a minimum of three consecutive semesters after the term in which a violation occurred. Readmission from dismissal is not automatic. Students may appeal for readmission to the Petitions Subcommittee of the Educational Affairs Committee. Appeals for readmission must be written and signed by the student and include information about the academic honesty violation(s). Students may only submit this appeal in accordance with the dismissal policy.

"Expulsion" means permanent severance of the student’s relationship with the university. An expulsion issued after a student has graduated, in adjudication of misconduct that occurred before the graduation, will result in a recommendation for the University to revoke the student’s degree.

"Facilitator" means an university staff or faculty member certified by the Office of Academic Honesty to lead students and instructors through a facilitated discussion or to moderate a Continued Discussion or Multiple Violations Review Board. The Facilitator is not a member of the Academic Honesty Panel and does notdetermine whether a violation took place. The Facilitator is authorized to decide all procedural matters prior to and during a Discussion.

“Instructor” for purposes of reporting possible academic dishonesty, means any member of the university community approved to instruct or monitor instruction of students (e.g. professors, lecturers, teaching assistants, research assistants, etc.).

“Multiple Violations Review Board” means a group made up of two faculty members and one student selected by the Office of Academic Honesty from its pool of panelists to determine additional consequences for students who have violated the honesty policy more than once. There will be a minimum of four faculty members and three student members from the pool of certified panelists able to serve in this capacity.

"Panelist" means any student or faculty member selected by the Office of Academic Honesty to serve on an Academic Honesty Panel. Panelists must be certified as qualified, willing to serve, and complete an orientation session about this policy. Faculty panelists are drawn from the Corps of Instruction, as defined by the Academic Affairs policy Manual of the university, including, for example, tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructors, lecturers, and other teaching personnel as defined by the Manual. Student panelists must be currently enrolled at the university and must not have violated this policy or any other institution’s academic honesty policy. The panelist’s application serves as an authorization to verify the above information.

"Remediation Program" means a program designed and administered by the Office of Academic Honesty to assist students found in violation of the academic honesty policy to develop and maintain the ability to identify and uphold integrity during their academic careers and beyond. Students are only eligible if they are enrolled undergraduate students, have no prior violations, and acknowledge a violation during the Facilitated Discussion. Students that successfully complete the program are able to serve as advisors. Successful completion of the program will result in record non-disclosure to any party other than the student or unless the university is served with a valid subpoena, provided there is no subsequent violation that would result in a meeting with the Multiple Violations Review Board.

"Revocation of Degree" means in some cases, a student may have graduated prior to the discovery of a potential violation of the academic honesty policy. In such cases, a student may lose their degree if the student would have been expelled as a result of the violation if it were discovered before the student graduated. Students that have a degree revoked may appeal the decision in the same manner as an expulsion.

“Subsequent Violation” means any additional violation committed by the same student, after having been found in violation by Facilitated Discussion or in a Continued Discussion. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Two separate violations in two separate courses in two separate semesters.
  • Two separate violations in the same course in the same term, provided that the student had a Facilitated Discussion prior to the date of discovery of the second violation.
  • Two separate violations in two separate courses in the same semester.

"Suspension" means a defined term of at least one semester in which a student cannot enroll at university. When the suspension is over, the student may return to university if they meet enrollment requirements.

"Transcript Notation" is a notation on the academic transcript which reads “Academic Honesty Violation as Determined by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.” If assigned as a sanction during the Continued Discussion, the notation will remain until the student is no longer enrolled at the university and two years after the Panel decision. Students may request in writing that the Office of Academic Honesty remove the dishonesty transcript notation at the appropriate time. The petition will only be granted if the student has no new violations of the honesty policy and if the student has no unresolved allegations at this or any other university. A notation assigned during a meeting with the Multiple Violations Review Board may be permanent and not eligible for removal.