Academic Integrity Policy
The value of an Endicott degree is directly affected by the academic integrity of students. Violations of academic integrity are serious and degrade the value of an Endicott College education. Incidences of plagiarism, cheating on exams, or other violations of academic integrity in any learning environment will not be tolerated. The procedures to be followed in cases of suspected violations of the Academic Integrity Policy are described below.
- If the faculty member suspects that a student has violated the Endicott College Academic Integrity Policy, he/she will meet privately with the student within five business days of the alleged violation. During the meeting the faculty member will discuss the violation and possible sanctions with the student and present the evidence if applicable. Within 48 hours of the initial meeting, the student may seek advice from an individual within the academic community before meeting a second time with the faculty to resolve the issue. One of several outcomes may result:
- Both parties agree that the alleged violation did not occur. No further action is taken.
- The student admits to the integrity violation, and both parties agree on an appropriate sanction in keeping with the severity of the incident. The faculty member and the student complete the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form (available on the Intranet), which is sent to the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College, who forwards a copy to the student’s school dean and the dean of the school in which the violation occurred. If the Vice President believes the incident is a potential repeated offense, he/she will submit the case to the Academic Integrity Committee for review.
- The student does not agree that a violation has occurred or disagrees with the sanction and decides to appeal. The faculty member and the student complete the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form, which the faculty submits to the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College, who then forwards it to the Academic Integrity Committee for review. The Chair of the Committee contacts the faculty member and the student in writing to set up separate meeting times for each party and requests that the student submit a written appeal to the Committee Chair prior to the meeting.
- In the case of an appeal, the Committee makes a recommendation to reject or uphold the student’s appeal and forwards its decision in writing, along with sanction recommendations in the case of a rejection, to the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate College. The Vice President takes the Committee’s recommendations under advisement and makes the final decision regarding the student’s appeal. If the Vice President upholds the appeal, no sanctions are imposed. In the case of a rejected appeal, the Vice President makes a final decision regarding sanctions in consultation with the faculty member. In the case of a repeated offense, the Vice President’s recommended sanctions may include dismissal from the College. In the case of a potential dismissal, the final decision rests with the Vice President in consultation with the President of the College. A completed copy of the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form is sent to the student’s dean and to the dean of the school in which the violation occurred.