Academic integrity

Under all circumstances, students are expected to be honest in their dealings with faculty, administrative staff and other students. For purposes of this policy, the term faculty or faculty member includes any person engaged by the university to act in a teaching capacity, regardless of the person’s actual title. In speaking with members of the SCAD community, students must give an accurate representation of the facts at hand. Failure to do so is considered a breach of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in sanctions against the student, including suspension or dismissal.

In course assignments, students must submit work that fairly and accurately reflects their level of accomplishment. Any work that is not a product of the student’s own efforts is considered dishonest. Students must not engage in academic dishonesty; doing so can have serious consequences. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Cheating, which includes, but is not limited to, a) the giving or receiving of any unauthorized assistance in producing assignments or taking quizzes, tests or examinations; b) dependence on the aid of sources including technology beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments; c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff; or d) the use of unauthorized assistance in the preparation of works of art.
  2. Plagiarism, which includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. Plagiarism also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  3. Submission of the same work in two or more courses without prior written approval of the professors of the courses involved.
  4. Submission of any work not actually produced by the student submitting the work without full and clear written acknowledgment of the actual author or creator of the work.

If a faculty member suspects a student of academic dishonesty, the faculty member notifies the student of this concern. Once this notification has occurred, the student is prohibited from seeking to withdraw from the course pending the result of a possible investigation. If academic dishonesty is suspected, the faculty member must email all evidence and documentation to [email protected].

An academic administrator is appointed to investigate the allegation. If, as a result, the investigator finds that academic dishonesty has occurred, the student is informed in writing that he or she will receive an F in the course. The student has five business days from the date on the written notice within which to appeal the decision of the investigator. If no appeal is made, the student is assigned a grade of F in the course and the student forfeits the right to continue to attend the course in which the academic dishonesty occurred. Students wishing to appeal should do so by emailing [email protected]. An appeals committee then convenes to review the case. Findings are presented to the chief academic officer or designee, who sends the student a final decision in writing within 30 days of the written appeal. A student found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy may not withdraw from the course(s) in question. Additional sanctions may also be imposed, including suspension or dismissal. A second finding of academic dishonesty may result in dismissal from SCAD.