The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about the ME Graduate Program Policy on Academic Integrity. The goal for setting this policy in place is to be explicit about what we as a faculty who teach graduate students expect with regards to academic integrity, what we will do if we find cheating in the classroom, and how we will educate our students regarding the University of Colorado’s Honor Code. This policy was decided upon by the faculty to set clear expectations for the students in the Graduate Program on (Date of decision: December 12, 2011).
The purpose of CU’s Honor Code is to secure an environment in which academic integrity is valued and students and faculty act accordingly. The following principles are to be upheld: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.
1. All faculty members who teach graduate students should include a description of the Honor Code and our department policy in their syllabus. Each faculty member should set very clear expectations for their students, including descriptions of what constitutes cheating and what sanctions will be imposed if cheating is discovered.
2. If a faculty member suspects a student of cheating, the faculty member is expected to document the event(s) in writing. Documentation should be submitted to the Graduate Committee within two weeks of the event. The Graduate Committee will review the event(s) and documentation and recommend an academic sanction to the faculty member. This review can include an interview with the faculty member and/or the student. The recommended academic sanction should be implemented within four weeks of the event. Minimum sanctions could include a zero score for homework or a zero score for an exam. If the faculty member invokes an academic sanction, the faculty member shall communicate the decision to the student in writing and include a brief summary of the faculty member’s reasoning.
3. If a faculty member would also like to submit the case to the student-run Honor Code Council for review and possible non-academic sanctions, the Graduate Committee chair will assist the faculty member in this process.
4. Any academic or non-academic sanction that has been applied to a student in the ME department must be documented in their department file. This includes sanctions and cases of cheating found in other programs and departments at the University of Colorado. The student’s advisor will also be notified when such an event has occurred and has been documented in their file.
5. The College of Engineering and Applied Science has an appeals process to provide remedies on occasion when a student wishes to appeal a final grade. The most current College Policy on Grade Appeals can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/sites/default/files/Grade-Appeal-Policy.pdf(accessed Jan. 15, 2014).