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MSU Policies, Regulations and Ordinances Regarding Academic Honesty and Integrity

INTEGRITY OF SCHOLARSHIP AND GRADES

The following statement of university policy addresses principles and procedures to be used in instances of academic dishonesty, violations of professional standards, and falsification of academic or admission records, herein after referred to as academic misconduct.

  1. The principles of truth and honesty are recognized as fundamental to a community of scholars. The university expects both instructors and students to honor these principles and, in so doing, to protect the validity of university education and grades. Practices that maintain the integrity of scholarship and grades include providing accurate information for academic and admission records, adherence to unit-approved professional standards and honor codes, and completion of original academic work by the student to whom it is assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind. To encourage adherence to the principles of truth and honesty, instructors should exercise care in planning and supervising academic work and implement proctoring standards appropriate to the design of the course.
  2. If an instructor alleges a student has committed an act of academic misconduct, the instructor is responsible for taking appropriate action. Depending on the instructor’s judgment of a specific instance, the instructor may give the student a penalty grade. A penalty grade may be a reduced score or grade for the assignment or a reduced grade for the course. [For a definition of “penalty grade”, see Academic Freedom Report (AFR) Article 11 and Graduate Students Rights and Responsibilities (GSRR) 8.1.17.]
  3. When an instructor gives an undergraduate or graduate student a penalty grade for academic misconduct, the instructor must [complete an Academic Dishonesty Report form online. To get to this form, follow these directions: (a.) Go to www.reg.msu.edu (b) Click on "Faculty/staff Forms" (on left). (c) Click on "Instructor Systems" and log in. (d) Click on "Academic Dishonesty." (e) Click on "Academic Dishonesty Report."] The student’s academic dean will add the [form] to the student’s academic record, where it will remain, unless the student successfully grieves the allegation. [See also www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/honestylinks.html.]
  4. In notifying the student’s academic dean of the student’s act of academic misconduct, the instructor may ask the student’s academic dean to initiate an academic disciplinary hearing to impose sanctions in addition to, or other than, a penalty grade.
  5. When in the judgment of the student’s academic dean, a sanction in addition to, or other than, a penalty grade is warranted (e.g., suspension from a unit or program), the dean may call for an academic disciplinary hearing. In calling for an academic disciplinary hearing, the student’s academic dean may act independently or in response to a request by the instructor. [See AFR 7.V, GSRR 5.5, and Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities (MSRR) 5.1.3.1.]
  6. A student accused of academic misconduct may request an academic grievance hearing to contest the allegation before the appropriate hearing board of the department, school, or college in which the alleged academic dishonesty occurred. In cases involving academic misconduct, no student may be dismissed from a course or program of study without an academic disciplinary hearing.  [EDITOR'S NOTE: For Undergraduate students, the AFR III.A. now says, "The University Academic Integrity Hearing Board shall have jurisdiction over academic grievances brought by a student to contest a penalty grade based on a charge of academic misconduct."  Changing the ISG to reflect this update is a work in progress.]
  7. On the first offense of academic misconduct, the student must attend an educational program on academic integrity and academic misconduct provided by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education for undergraduate students and the Dean of The Graduate School for graduate students.
  8. In cases involving undergraduate students in which the student’s academic dean, or designee, calls for an academic disciplinary hearing, the student’s academic dean will refer the case to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. The Associate Provost will notify the student in writing of the call for a disciplinary hearing and will invite the student to a meeting to determine the appropriate judiciary for the hearing. [See AFR 7.V.]
  9. In cases involving graduate students in which the student’s academic dean, or designee, calls for an academic disciplinary hearing, the student’s academic dean will refer the case to the Dean of The Graduate School. The Dean of The Graduate School will notify the student in writing of the call for a disciplinary hearing and will invite the student to a meeting to determine the appropriate judiciary for the hearing. At this meeting, the student will be asked to select either an administrative disciplinary hearing conducted by the Dean of The Graduate School or a disciplinary hearing conducted by the college hearing board within the student’s college. In cases of ambiguous jurisdiction involving graduate students, the Dean of The Graduate School will select the appropriate judiciary. [See GSRR 5.5.]
  10. Either party may appeal a decision of an administrative disciplinary hearing or a disciplinary hearing board to the appropriate appellate board. [See AFR 7.VII, GSRR 5.5.6, 5.5.7 and 5.7.1;, and MSRR 5.8.1.]
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GENERAL STUDENT REGULATIONS


1.00 PROTECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP AND GRADES The principles of truth and honesty are fundamental to the educational process and the academic integrity of the University; therefore, no student shall:
  • 1.01 claim or submit the academic work of another as one’s own.
  • 1.02 procure, provide, accept or use any materials containing questions or answers to any examination or assignment without proper authorization.
  • 1.03 complete or attempt to complete any assignment or examination for another individual without proper authorization.
  • 1.04 allow any examination or assignment to be completed for oneself, in part or in total, by another without proper authorization.
  • 1.05 alter, tamper with, appropriate, destroy or otherwise interfere with the research, resources, or other academic work of another person.
  • 1.06 fabricate or falsify data or results.
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MSU ORDINANCE


17.00 EXAMINATIONS
  • 17.01 Unauthorized attainment of
  • 17.02 Unauthorized transfer of
  • 17.03 Prima facie evidence
    • .01 No person shall procure in any unauthorized manner any examination question or answer related to any course of study offered at Michigan State University, regardless of the form or format in which such question or answer may originally have been maintained.
    • .02 No person shall furnish to any unauthorized person any examination question or answer related to any course of study offered at Michigan State University, regardless of the form or format in which such question or answer may originally have been maintained.
    • .03 The unauthorized possession of any of the aforesaid examination documents shall be considered prima facie evidence of an attempt to violate the provisions of this section.
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ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR STUDENTS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (AFR)

See especially AFR Articles:

  • 2.III.B.2  The student shares with the faculty the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of scholarship, grades, and professional standards.
  • 7.V.C The student shall have ten class days to request an academic grievance hearing to contest a penalty grade based on a charge of academic dishonesty. If the student files a request for a grievance hearing, the student will not meet with the Associate Provost until the University Academic Integrity Hearing Board has heard the student’s academic grievance and all appeals, if any, are final. If the University Academic Integrity Hearing Board determines that the student did not commit academic dishonesty, the student will not face any additional sanctions based on that charge.
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GRADUATE STUDENTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (GSRR)

See especially GSRR Articles:

  • 2.3.7 The graduate student shares with the faculty the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of scholarship, grades, and professional standards.
  • 5.3 through 5.5.
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MEDICAL STUDENTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (MSRR)

  • 5.1.3.1 A medical student who receives a penalty grade based on a charge of academic dishonesty and who is not referred for additional disciplinary action may contest the penalty grade by filing a grievance under this section. Instructors seeking sanctions for academic dishonesty other than or in addition to penalty grades must file a complaint under Article 5.2.2 of this document.
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GUIDELINES FOR INTEGRITY IN RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

 Research Integrity, Vol. 7, Spring 2004

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GUIDELINES FOR USE OF TURNITIN

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