LIM College does not tolerate any act of academic dishonesty, intentional or unintentional. A student who is involved in an academic dishonesty incident is subject to a range of sanctions including, but not limited to, a failing grade for the assignment or exam, a failing grade for the course, suspension, and expulsion. Any infractions of the academic integrity policy will also result in lost eligibility for any graduation honors or awards.
Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to the following.
Plagiarism refers to representing words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise without providing proper documentation of source.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Copying information from a source without using quotation marks and giving proper citation
- Paraphrasing information from a source without giving proper citation
- Representing another’s intellectual work as one’s own, including but not limited to, audio-visual and computer-based materials, slide presentations, computer files, artistic compositions, graphic design, photographs, paintings and/or drawings
- Submitting the same work, and/or a portion of previously submitted work, in more than one course or the same course without the consent of the instructor(s)
It is the responsibility of the student to learn the correct APA method of documenting sources, which allows the incorporation of the works of others into papers, reports and assignments. This information is available from the Adrian G. Marcuse Library and the Writing Center.
Facilitation refers to assisting any person in the commission of an academic integrity violation. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Allowing another student to copy one’s answers during an examination
- Giving another student one’s assignment or paper
- Taking an examination or writing a paper for another student
- Signing an attendance sheet for a student who was not present in class
- Providing to another person an examination or portions of an examination prior or subsequent to the administration of the exam
Cheating refers to intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Copying from another student’s examination, homework assignment, computer program, report, or project
- Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to examination materials
- Looking at another student’s examination before or during an examination
- Possessing and/or using an electronic device that contains unauthorized information
- Talking, whispering, or using a cell phone during an examination
- Submitting, without prior permission, any work submitted to fulfill another academic requirement at LIM College or any other institution
- Allowing another person to do one’s work and submitting it as one’s own
- Having or providing unauthorized outside help when completing online tests or assignments
Unauthorized collaboration is working with another student(s) without the instructor’s permission in the preparation of homework assignments, take-home exams, term papers, research projects, reports, or projects, or otherwise failing to abide by the instructor’s rules governing the academic exercise.
Fabrication and Misrepresentation
Fabrication refers to the falsification, misrepresentation, or invention of any information, data, or citation in any academic exercise. Misrepresentation refers to misrepresenting or tampering with, or attempting to tamper with, any portion of one’s transcripts or academic record, either before or after coming to LIM College. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Forging a change of grade form
- Tampering with computer records
- Falsifying or omitting academic information on an application or resume
Special Note - Online Plagiarism: At LIM College, significant effort is made to maintain the integrity of online work including but not limited to exams, projects and papers. Online work must be the student’s own and the following rules must be followed.
- Use of textbooks or class notes is not allowed unless the professor explicitly identifies the examination as open book or open notes.
- In certain instances, a professor may allow students to use websites, books, or publications to complete or support all or part of an exam. In these instances, students must properly cite their sources in their answers.
- Unless allowed by the professor and clearly stated in the examination or project instructions, collaborating with other students on an online examination or project is strictly forbidden.
- Using a surrogate to complete online work include, but are not limited to papers and examinations, is strictly forbidden.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY VIOLATION PROCEDURES
It is the instructor’s prerogative to evaluate student work and assign grades in accordance with his or her academic and professional judgment, as well as the Academic Integrity Policy.
An instructor who determines a student has committed academic dishonesty in the instructor’s course will notify the student as to the nature of the violation and resulting sanctions, via the academic integrity violation form. All cases of academic dishonesty, including sanctions, will be reported to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Students found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy are subject to sanctions that can include, but are not limited to: a failing grade on an assignment or exam; a failing grade in the course; loss of academic privileges such as study abroad or internship opportunities; and suspension or expulsion from LIM College.
In cases in which suspension or expulsion from LIM College is the recommended sanction, the Dean of Graduate Studies will refer the matter to the Academic Integrity Review Committee, which consists of three LIM College faculty members. The student and the instructor will be given the opportunity to present all relevant information to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will provide that information to the committee. The committee’s proceedings are confidential.
All decisions rendered by the Academic Integrity Review Committee will be made in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will inform the student in writing as to the committee’s decision. The Dean of Graduate Studies will also notify the instructor. Any relevant grade changes will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the LIM College Registrar.
Students found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy may file an appeal with the Dean of Graduate Studies. The appeal must be made in writing using LIM College email within 10 days of receiving notice of the violation and any related sanctions. Appeals can only be made on one or both of the following grounds:
- The student can provide support to show they were denied the opportunity to present relevant information in support of their position.
- The student can provide support to show that there is a flagrant discrepancy between the violation and the sanctions.
The appeal must include the ground(s) for the appeal and any supporting materials.
The decision made by the Dean of Graduate Studies is final and there are no further options for appeal.
In cases where the Dean of Graduate Studies is the instructor who initially found the student in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will facilitate the above procedures.
The one exception to the above procedures is in cases where a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty outside of a specific course (e.g. submitted false information on an admissions application). Such cases will be brought to the attention of the Dean of Student Affairs, who will adjudicate the matter under the procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, including the appeal procedures listed in the Student Code of Conduct.
If a student is found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, previous violations by the same student of the Academic Integrity Policy and the Student Code of Conduct will be considered in determining relevant sanctions.