Core principles and standards with respect to academic integrity for students at Adelphi University.
This policy sets forth core principles and standards with respect to academic integrity for students at Adelphi University. Each school at Adelphi University may establish its own detailed supplemental guidelines for academic integrity, consistent with its own culture, and consistent with the University-wide general guidelines described in this document.
Reason for Policy
The purpose of the policy on Academic Honesty is to clearly identify Adelphi University’s stance and requirements on academic integrity.
Who Is Governed by this Policy
Faculty and Students
“The University is an academic community devoted to the pursuit of knowledge. Fundamental to this pursuit is academic integrity. In joining the Adelphi community I accept the University’s Statement of Academic Integrity and pledge to uphold the principles of honesty and civility embodied in it. I will conduct myself in accordance with ideals of truth and honesty and I will forthrightly oppose actions which would violate these ideals.”
All members of the University community are responsible to familiarize themselves and abide by all rules and procedures related to academic honesty at Adelphi.
Any professor who believes that an undergraduate student has violated Adelphi’s Code of Academic Honesty should complete an Academic Honesty Violation Report Form. This form, along with copies of any supporting evidence pertaining to the violation, are sent to the Office of the Provost and maintained by the University in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Students who disagree with the findings of the report should meet with the professor as soon as possible. If after meeting with the professor the student is still not satisfied with the outcome, the student may appeal to the faculty member’s immediate supervisor (for example, course coordinator or department chairperson).
If an undergraduate student is reported for a second case of academic dishonesty while at Adelphi, they will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for adjudication as prescribed by the Code of Conduct. All previous cases of academic dishonesty will be considered in determining an appropriate sanction(s) if the student is found responsible. Sanctions for additional violations may include academic probation, suspension for one or more semesters, or expulsion from the University. The Code of Conduct can be found at operations.adelphi.edu/policies/code-of-conduct.
Any professor who believes that a graduate student has violated Adelphi’s Code of Academic Honesty should report it to the Office of the Dean of the student’s graduate program. Each graduate School or College will have a written policy stating their procedures for addressing alleged acts of academic dishonesty, including a mechanism for student appeal. The Dean of the student’s graduate program will have the authority to investigate the reported violation and levy a sanction, including immediate expulsion from the program.
The Committee for Academic Honesty:
The Committee will have the responsibility to promote an atmosphere of academic honesty, working to educate the entire Adelphi Community. The Committee will develop and distribute materials including guidelines for promulgating the Code of Academic Honesty through course syllabi, class discussion, and written guidelines to students and faculty on matters such as plagiarism.
The Committee will be made up of 12 undergraduate students, 12 faculty members and representatives from the Writing Center, the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence, and the Division of Student Affairs. Students will normally serve terms of one year but may be reappointed at the discretion of the Division of Student Affairs. Faculty and Administrative Members will normally serve for terms of two years to help ensure continuity on the Committee. Members will normally be chosen in the spring for the coming year. Faculty will be chosen from names submitted to the Office of the Provost, with the goal of ensuring representation from all Schools and Colleges at the University. One of the 12 Faculty members on the Committee will serve as the Chairperson charged with scheduling meetings, coordinating with the Office of the Provost, and assisting members of the University community on matters of academic honesty. Student vacancies that occur during the year will be filled by the Division of Student Affairs with the assistance of the Student Government Association, faculty vacancies will be filled by the Office of the Provost and administrative member vacancies will be filled by their respective department heads. The Provost will have the authority to supplement the Committee for Academic Honesty with additional members to make up the full complement.
The Code of Academic Honesty:
The Code of Academic Honesty prohibits behavior that can broadly be described as lying, cheating, or stealing. Violations of the Code of Academic Honesty will include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Fabricating data or citations
- Collaborating in areas not approved by the professor
- Unauthorized multiple submission of one’s own work
- Sabotage of others’ work, including library vandalism or manipulation
- The creation of unfair advantage
- The facilitation of dishonesty
- Tampering with or falsifying records
- Other forms of academic dishonesty
Procedures to Handle Violations:
- Academic Honesty Violation Report Form: This form has been replaced with an online version that is accessed using the ‘Academic Honesty Violation Report’ icon on the eCampus Services tab
- Notice to Student: Violation Report – First Offense (Plagiarism)
- Notice to Student: Violation Report – First Offense (Non-plagiarism)
To promote academic integrity, the University utilizes Turnitin, a Web-based plagiarism detection tool. For information and training on Turnitin, please contact the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence at 516.877.4221 and visit the academic integrity site.
- Policy was last updated in conjunction with the latest Code of Conduct revision. Went into effect Summer/Fall 2015 after approval by the SGA, Faculty Senate and BOT.
- New first-offense violations with registration holds, and corresponding first-offense letters, went into effect Fall 2016.
- First-offense letters were updated for Fall 2017 to make the language consistent with language in the Code.
Who Approved This Policy
This policy was approved by the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association.