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Unformatted text preview: [H E Q .1 a n. 9 2 LL] 0 <1 U <E A SAJFIMUM ACADEMIC HDNESTY Article I. General Provisions 1.01 Rationale. The University can best function and accomplish its objectives in an atmosphere of high ethical standards. It expects and encourages all students, faculty and staff to contribute to such an atmosphere in every way possible and especially by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty. It is recognized, however, that a large university will include a few students who do not under- stand, appreciate, and practice these principles. As a consequence, alleged cases of academic dishonesty will inevitably occur, and students will be accused. The follow- ing procedures are designed to handle these cases in fair— ness to all concerned: the accused student, the faculty, and the University. 1.02 General Jurisdiction. Matters relating to academic honesty are within the general jurisdiction of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Allegations of scientific misconduct against students engaged in research supported by funding from the University or other sources will be handled according to the University of Houston Ethical Conduct in Academic Research and Scholarship Policy (contact the Division of Research at (713) 743—9222 for a paper copy or at http://www.research.uh.edu on the World Wide Web). Students against whom such allegations are made shall be afforded the right to student representation on the Inquiry and Investigation Committee consistent with this Academic Honesty Policy. 1.03 College with Jurisdiction. Specific jurisdiction in academic honesty matters rests in each school or college of the University. The school or college with jurisdiction is determined by the course in which dishonesty occurs. If the student involved majors in a college other than that offering the course, the college offering the course has jurisdiction, but the dean of the student’s major college will be informed. If the college with jurisdiction cannot be determined from the relationship between the student’s action and a particular course, then the Provost will desig- nate which has jurisdiction. 1.04 Colleges to which the Policy Applies. The policy on academic honesty applies to all colleges within the University. However, any college may present to the Provost a code separate from this university policy. After approval by the Provost, and after such publication as the Provost shall direct, academic honesty matters over which that college has jurisdiction shall be governed by that code. Honor systems within the professional colleges are espe- cially encouraged. 1.05 Questions Regarding Applicability of Policies. All questions regarding the applicability of college codes or university policy or special provisions of either shall be determined finally by the Provost. 1.06 Compass of Actions Taken Against Students. Actions taken against students are university-wide in their effect. BEEN magmas 1.07 Faculty Responsibility. Faculty have the responsi- bility of reporting incidents of alleged academic dishonesty through their department chair to their dean. 1.08 Student Responsibility. Students have the respon- sibility of reporting incidents of alleged academic dishon- esty first to the faculty member involved, and then, if necessary, to the department chair or to the dean. 1.09 Purpose of Procedures. The purpose of these procedures is to provide for the orderly administration of the Academic Honesty Policy consistent with the principles of due process of law. Reasonable deviations from these procedures will not invalidate a decision or proceeding unless the University determines it will result in prejudice to one or more of the parties involved. 1.10 Definitions. 1.10.01 Class Day. Class days are defined as days the University is open and classes are meeting. 1.10.02 Internal Use. Internal use defines who has access to a student’s records. Records for internal use will be released only to University of Houston officials who have an educational need to know the information. 1.10.03 Permanent Record. Permanent record includes documents, forms, copies, reports, statements, tape record- ings, etc. that are acquired while a student attends the University of Houston. The information is available to outside sources according to the procedures established by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. 1.10.04 Sanction. Sanction means the penalty assessed for a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy. 1.10.05 Working Day. A working day is defined as any day, Monday through Friday, that is not an ofiicial holiday for the staff of the University, including days classes are not in session. Article 2. Preventive Practices 2.01 Preventive Measures. Faculty members will help students comply with the academic honesty policy by minimizing the temptation to act dishonestly. Among other measures, the faculty should: a. Maintain adequate security precautions in the prepa- ration and handling of tests; b. Structure the type and sequence of examination ques- tions so as to discourage dishonesty; c. Provide ample room for proper spacing of students during examination period, if room is available; and d. Monitor examinations, especially in large classes and in classes where not all students are known to the instruc- tor or the assistant. Article 3. Categories et Academic Dishonesty 3.01 Application of the Academic Honesty Policy. This policy applies only to those acts of dishonesty per- formed while the student is enrolled in the University. 3.02 Academic Dishonesty Prohibited. “Academic dishonesty” means employing a method or technique or engaging in conduct in an academic endeavor that the ASAggMULfl” student knows or should know is not permitted by the University or a course instructor to fulfill academic requirements. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following: a. Stealing, as theft of tests or grade books, from faculty offices or elsewhere; b. Using “crib notes,” as unauthorized use of notes or the like to aid in answering questions during an examination; c. Securing another to take a test in the student’s place; both the student taking the test for another and the student registered in the course are at fault; d. Representing as one’s own work the work of another without acknowledging the source (plagiarism); e. Changing answers or grades on a test that has been returned to a student in an attempt to claim instructor error; f. Giving or receiving unauthorized aid during an exami— nation, such as trading examinations, whispering answers, and passing notes; g. Openly cheating in an examination, as copying from another’s paper; h. Using another’s laboratory results as one’s own, whether with or without the permission of the owner; i. Falsifying results in laboratory experiments; j. Mutilating or stealing library materials; misshelving materials with the intent to reduce accessibility to other students; k. A student’s failing to report to the instructor or depart- ment chair an incident which the student believes to be a violation of the academic honesty policy; and l. Misrepresenting academic records or achievements as they pertain to course prerequisites or corequisites for the purpose of enrolling or remaining in a course for which one is not eligible. m. Any other conduct which a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would recognize as dishonest or improper in an academic setting. Article 4. Sanctlons 4.01 Sanctions. The sanctions for confirmed breaches of this policy shall be commensurate with the nature of the offense and with the record of the student regarding any previous infractions. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, a lowered grade, failure on the examination or assignment in question, failure in the course, probation, suspension from the University, expulsion from the University, or a combination of these. Article 5. Departmental Hearing 5.01 Departmental Hearing. When a faculty member has reasonable ground in his or her judgment to believe that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty, the faculty member shall notify the accused student and the chair of the concerned department in writing within five working days of discovery. Students who believe they have observed an act of academic dishonesty shall report the incident first to the faculty member and then, if necessary, PUD names to the department chair. Within five working days of notification, the Chair shall establish a date for a depart- mental hearing and will notify the instructor, the accused student, and the accusing party. Both sides shall be given an opportunity to present their case before and during the hearing. Should any of the parties fail to appear, without good cause, at the designated time and place of the depart- mental hearing, the Chair may render a decision in their absence. The Chair shall then render a decision within three working days after the hearing and forward copies of the decision to the student, instructor, and dean. Both the accused student and the instructor have equal right of appeal if the decision of the chair is unacceptable. If a written request for appeal is not received by the Dean of the college within seven working days of the department chair’s decision, the action recommended by the Chair shall be implemented. A chair-recommended penalty involving suspension or expulsion automatically shall be reviewed in a college hearing. > n > U m E U Tl D C 9 m U] 5.02 Waiver of Automatic College Hearing. If a student wishes to accept the sanction of suspension or expulsion and not have the decision reviewed by a hearing board, he or she may submit a written waiver form to the Dean of the college no later than seven working days after being noti- fied of the department Chair’s decision. The waiver form is issued out of the Dean of Students Office and only after the student has met with the Dean of Students (or designated representative) who will ensure the student is aware of his or her rights in the appeal process. The academic Dean’s office will implement the department chair’s decision, and notify the appropriate parties of the disposition of the case within five working days of receipt of the waiver request. The sanction is considered a college level decision. Article 6. College Hearing 6.01 College Hearing. If either the student or the instructor wishes to appeal the decision of the depart— mental chair, he or she must file a written request for a hearing with the Dean of the college within seven working days of the department chair’s decision. The Dean’s Office should schedule the hearing within 10 working days of receipt of the request. 6.02 Duties of the Dean’s Office. It shall be the duty of the Dean’s Office to: a. Select a college academic honesty panel; b. Set and give notice of the time and place of the college hearing; 6.03 College Hearing Officer. The college hearing officer shall be appointed by the Dean. Normally the hearing officer will be appointed for a full academic year. Corres- pondence with the hearing officer should be addressed to the office of the Dean of the college. 6.04 Duties of the College Hearing Officer. It shall be the duty of the college hearing officer to: a. Conduct the hearing in an orderly manner so that both sides are given an opportunity to state their case; b. Rule on procedural matters; [D E 9 _J u D. 9 2 LL] 0 < L] < ASA jeMfllr” .17 P l Ill P CL» 0. During the panel’s deliberation, leave the room but remain available to answer questions on procedural matters; and d. Prepare and submit one copy of the decision to the Dean and one copy to the Provost. The college hearing officer shall not take part in the vote nor otherwise participate in the deliberations of the panel. 6.05 Academic Honesty Panel. The college academic honesty panel shall consist of two faculty members and three students. The panel will be selected by the college hearing officer from a standing committee appointed by the dean consisting of at least eight faculty members and at least twelve students. The chair of the panel shall be appointed by the hearing officer. 6.06 The Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, or his or her designee, shall be required to attend all college hearings to serve as a university resource person. This individual shall not have a vote at a college hearing nor be present during the deliberations of the panel. This individ- ual shall not have a voice at a college hearing unless so requested by the panel or hearing officer. 6.07 Hearing Procedure. a. The date of the hearing must be adhered to. Any delay must be approved by the hearing officer. Only docu- mented, extenuating circumstances will be considered. b. The hearing shall be mechanically recorded. The par— ties involved may obtain a copy of the recording from the hearing officer at the expense of the requesting party. c. All parties shall be afforded the opportunity for reason- able oral arguments and for presentation of witnesses and pertinent documentary evidence. d. All parties shall have the right to advice of counsel of his or her choice. e. All parties shall notify the hearing officer in writing of the name, address, and telephone number of their witness(es) and counsel, if any, at least three working days prior to the date of the hearing. f. The panel shall have the right to question any and all witnesses and to examine documentary evidence pre- sented. g. At the conclusion of the hearing, the panel shall meet in a closed session. Upon reaching a decision, the panel shall inform separately through the hearing officer all parties of its judgment, including the dean of the col— lege and the Provost. h. The Dean shall notify the appropriate parties of the disposition of the case within five working days of receipt of the panel’s judgment. Arllcle 7. Senior Vice Precldenl for Academic Affairs and Prevecl' Appeal 7.01 Appeal of the Panel’s Decision. Within five work- ing days of the panel’s decision, either party may file an appeal for review with the Provost or that officer designat— ed by the Provost. The appeal shall be in writing and shall specifically address the issues to be reviewed. [O 7.02 Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Procedural Review. The Provost shall review the appeal within 10 working days of the receipt of the appeal. If either party has requested an appearance or is requested to appear by the Provost, then both parties must be informed. Since the case was heard by a peer group (Article 6.05), the intent of the Provost’s review is not to modify the penalty nor to substitute the judgment of the Provost for that of the peer panel which heard the case, or hear new or additional facts on the case. The intent of this review is to ensure that the college hearing and judgment were not arbitrary, were not capricious or discriminatory, did not violate the due process of the accused, and did not violate the concepts of fair play to both parties. The Provost shall notify all parties of the decision within three working days of the completion of the review. 7.03 Actions Which the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost May Take. a. The Provost may conclude that one or more of the basic concepts involved in a fair hearing at the college level were violated and return the case to the college for another hearing with a different panel in accordance with Article 6 and resubmission for Provost procedural review; or b. If, in a rare case, the Provost independently feels that the penalty assessed in the college healing is not com- mensurate with the offense, then he may send the case back to the college as described above; or c. The Provost may approve the actions and conclusions of the college academic honesty panel and see that the judgment is enforced. The Provost procedural review is the final institutional step in matters of academic integrity. Article 8. Records 8.01 Not Guilty. If a student is found to be not guilty after the review process is completed, records concerning the matter shall not become a part of the student’s permanent record. 8.02 Departmental Sanctions. If a student is found guilty in a departmental hearing and if the matter is not heard before the college academic honesty panel (i.e., is neither appealed nor automatically reviewed because of the penalty), the record of the proceedings and penalty will be maintained by the University for internal use only and will not become a part of the student’s permanent record. 8.03 College Sanctions. If a student is found guilty by a college academic honesty panel or waives an automatic appeal, the record becomes a permanent part of the student’s permanent record. 8.04 Physical Records. The Provost shall be responsible for keeping all physical records and supporting materials from college hearing proceedings for an appropriate period of time. 8.05 Notations on a Student’s Transcript. Action resulting in a student’s suspension or probation for acade- mic honesty policy violations will be entered on the stu- dent’s transcript until the period of sanction has elapsed. AEAEEMUR Pmfl MED e S When the sanction has elapsed, the student may petition the office or college placing the notation to remove the notation from the transcript. The request to remove the notation from the transcript is the student’s responsibility. ACADEMIC PROBLEMS Students have the right to redress their grievances. Students also have the right to examine student evalua- tions for every class offered. The evaluations are on file in the MD. Anderson Library. Problems regarding grades, course requirements and classroom procedures can occur. The first and best source for resolving the problem is with the professor. Most prob- lems are resolved in this manner. Individual colleges may follow specific academic grievance policies. Copies of these policies are available in the college dean’s office. If this is insufficient, the following chain of command is helpful. Professor I Department Chair Dean of the College Senior Vice President (or designated representative) (Contact the Office of Student Academic Support (713) 743-9112 for additional information.) ATTENDANCE It is the responsibility of the individual professor to set attendance guidelines for a course. Most professors will drop students from the class roll if the student has an excessive number of absences. Unavoidable absences should be reported to the instructor as soon after, if not before, the absence occurs. With an average SAT score of about 12 70, students in the UH Honors College are ' ‘ some of the most academically gifled L students in the United States. ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The University of Houston is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for eligible students with dis- abilities, including learning disabled students, those with health impairments, as well as those with other disabilities. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Center for Students with (CSD), 307 Student Service Center (713 743-5400) as early as possible in their academic careers. Specific documentation from qualified health care providers will be required. Documentation requirements for disability eligibility may be obtained by ll contacting CSD or Student Academic Support (SAS), 109 E. Cullen, (713) 743-9112. Students whose disabilities may require some type of accommodations, including course load modification, exam modification, or other accommodations, should contact CSD and discuss the availability of services such as readers, interpreters, or note-takers and the process for requesting special accommodations. CSD will recommend accommodations that may be appropriate to course instructors as early as possible each semester. Appropriate accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by each course instructor, working with SAS and CSD. A student who believes that an instructor has unfairly denied accommodation may appeal to the Chair of the department, the Dean of the college, and the Provost, in that order. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will conduct psychological and learning disability assessments. There may be a waiting list and/or a charge for these services. CAPS is located in the Student Service Center, room #226, (713) 743-5454. The University of Houston campus is accessible via ramps, curb cuts, free inner campus handicapped parking, Braille signs, TDDs, etc. Attendant Care Services can be arranged through the Health Center by calling (713) 743-5112. Students who identify barrier problems should bring those to the attention of the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at the Office of Affirmative Action at (713) 743-8835, and/or CSD. > n I) U m E n Tl U l: g m m CHANGE OF MAJOR A change of major is a formal procedure requiring official approval and documentation. Students must submit an Undergraduate General Petition form requesting a change of major. This form is filed by the student in the depart- ment in which he or she wishes to major. Approval from both the department Chair and the college Dean is required. Students should consult an advisor in the department of their intended major for help with the change of major process. The University offers vocational and academic counsel- ing and planning assistance to students having difficulty choosing a major. Counseling and Psychological Services and University Career Services offices provide resources and support to students seeking career goals. For assis- tance with academic plans, students may meet with acad- emic advisors in the various departments and colleges. Forms are available at the Registrar’s website and may be completed and forwarded as indicated in the website information at http://www.uh.edu/enroll/rar/forms/. CLASSIFICATION Undergraduate Classifications are based on the total number of semester hours earned at the University of Houston as well as those accepted in transfer from other colleges and universities. Credit awarded by examination and hours earned with a ...
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