Honor Code                                                                          UPPS No. 07.10.01

                                                                                                Issue No. 7

                                                                                                Effective Date: 03/28/2012

                                                                                                Review: June 1 E4Y

                                                                                                Attachments I, II, III

                                                                                               

 

01.       POLICY STATEMENTS

 

01.01   This UPPS provides policies and procedures related to academic honesty, pursuant to the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The Texas State University System, Section VI, Subsection 5.3.

 

01.02  Texas State University-San Marcos expects students to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is beyond reproach. Students found in violation of the Honor Code are subject to disciplinary action.

 

01.03  To support the goal of maintaining a climate of academic honesty, Texas State has adopted the Texas State University-San Marcos Honor Code (see Attachment I).

 

02.       DEFINITIONS

 

02.01 "Academic work" means the preparation of an essay, thesis, report, problem, assignment or other project submitted for purposes of grade determination.

 

02.02 "Violation of the Honor Code" includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion and the abuse of resource materials.

 

a.    In general, but not limited to cheating,

 

“Cheating" means engaging in any of the following activities:

 

1)   Copying from another student's test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files, data listings, or programs, or from any electronic device or equipment.

2)   Using, during a test, printed, audio, or electronic materials not authorized by the person giving the test.

3)   Collaborating, without authorization, with another person during an examination or in preparing academic work.

4)   Knowingly, and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying or possessing, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test or other academic products (i. e., study guides, etc.).

5)   Substituting for another student or permitting another person to substitute for oneself in taking an examination or preparing academic work.

6)   Bribing or coercing another person to obtain an unadministered test or obtain information about an unadministered test or other academic products.

7)   Purchasing or otherwise acquiring and submitting as one's own work any research paper or other assignment prepared by another individual or by a firm. This section does not apply to the word-processing of the rough or final versions of an assignment by a professional service.

8)   Submitting the same essay, thesis, report, or other project, without substantial revision or expansion of the work, in an attempt to obtain credit for work submitted in another course.

9)   Falsifying data.

 

b.   In general, but not limited to plagiarism,

 

      Plagiarism” means the appropriation of another’s work and the inadequately or inappropriately acknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own written, oral, visual, or original performative work that is offered for credit.

 

c.   In general, but not limited to collusion,

 

      “Collusion" means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing any work offered for credit.

 

d.   In general, but not limited to abuse of resource materials,

 

      “Abuse of resource materials" means the mutilation, destruction, concealment, theft, or alteration of materials provided to assist students in the mastery of course content.

 

02.03  Following are definitions of persons, with their titles and responsibilities, with jurisdiction over the Honor Code:

 

a.    Faculty member” means an instructor with the responsibility for teaching a particular academic course, regardless of that person’s academic rank, e. g., associate professor, senior lecturer, lecturer, graduate teaching assistant, or lab assistant.

 

b.    “Student" means any person enrolled in a course, whether a full-time or part-time student, whether for credit or audit, and whether in residence, or by extension or any form of distance education.

 

c.    “Honor Code Council” means a group made up of a minimum of fourteen trained faculty members, two from each college, except the University College and The Graduate College. The Council will include fourteen trained students representing at least five colleges. The Faculty Senate will appoint the faculty representatives to serve three-year renewable terms (with possible reappointment) with two appointees designated as chair and vice chair. On an annual basis, the Associated Student Government (Senate and House) will appoint the student representatives, with approval by the vice president for Student Affairs. The orientation session for the Council will cover the Honor Code policy thoroughly, as well as procedural process. Every member will sign a confidentiality agreement and provide their contact information to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Office for contact purposes.

 

d.   The “Hearing Committee” means a group of representatives from the Honor Code Council that must include an equal number of faculty, excluding the chair or vice chair, and students with a minimum of three each to hear an appeal. A total of seven committee members must attend the hearing with the chair or vice chair serving as the hearing officer and not voting as a member of the Committee. The hearing will follow Roberts Rules of Order. The student appealing the Honor Code violation has the right to waive the requirement to have seven committee members.

 

02.04  Academic penalty” means one or more of the following sanctions that the student may receive for academic honesty violations:

 

a.    A requirement to perform additional academic work not required of other students in the course.

 

b.    A reduction to any level of the grade in the course, on an examination, or on other academic work affected by violation of the Honor Code.

 

c.    A requirement to withdraw from the course with a grade of "F" or a "W".

 

02.05  " Disciplinary penalty” means any penalty a student may receive in a student disciplinary matter pursuant to The Official Texas State Code of Student Conduct.

               

03.       PROCEDURES

 

03.01  The following procedures are outlined in Attachment II.

 

03.02  When a faculty member reasonably suspects that a student under the faculty member’s supervision has violated the Honor Code, the faculty member will follow these procedures. The faculty member’s proceedings are informal and are not adversarial. The student or faculty member may consult with the Honor Code Council chair regarding the matter or with the associate vice president for Academic Affairs on policy and procedural concerns.

 

a.    Within a reasonable time frame, the faculty member will contact the student orally or in writing to schedule a meeting to discuss the matter, with other communication arranged for exceptional circumstances. In the case of an online or distance learning course, the faculty may conduct all processes through electronic meetings. The faculty member will explain to the student both the suspected code violation and the evidence that supports the suspicion that the violation occurred. The faculty member may rely on documents, written statements, or other evidence. If the faculty member relies on such evidence, the faculty member must provide the student with copies.

 

1)   After conferring with the student, the faculty member will give the student three business days to respond to the suspected code violation. The student may respond in writing or in person, and may present evidence and witnesses, in a manner determined by the student. However, neither the faculty member nor the student may have legal representation at any meeting. This is an informal process and not an adversarial legal process and any recommendation does not imply a legal finding.

2)   If the student fails to respond within three business days, the faculty member may proceed to determine the matter as provided below.

 

b.    The faculty member will consider the evidence and the student’s response and determine whether the student violated the Honor Code. The student will then receive notification of the determination and any resulting academic penalty. The faculty member will also advise the student of the option to accept or reject either the faculty member’s determination or the academic penalty.

 

1)   If the faculty member is convinced the student violated the Honor Code, the faculty member may assess an academic penalty as defined in Section 02.04.

2)   In addition to an academic penalty, a faculty member may recommend additional disciplinary action to the dean of Students.

3)   Upon a determination of a suspected violation, the faculty member should fill out the Honor Code Review Form (see Attachment III), and shall also:

 

(a) note his or her determination and any academic penalty;

(b) give the student an opportunity to indicate the student’s acceptance or rejection of the faculty member’s decision;

(c)  sign and date the form; and

(d) immediately deliver the form (electronically preferred) and copies of any evidence to the AVPAA and the student.

 

03.03  The Council chair will convene a hearing if the student rejects the faculty member’s determination and penalty. Students with previous violations of the Honor Code or a first violation that is egregious in nature (as determined by the Honor Code Council) may be referred to the Dean of Students Office for a disciplinary review.

 

a.    Once the chair is notified that the student rejects the faculty’s determination, the chair will make every effort to schedule the hearing within ten business days. The chair will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances. In the case of an online course or any other distance learning course, all processes may occur through electronic meetings.

 

b.   Prior to the hearing, the Council chair will give the student and faculty member at least five business days’ notice of the reported code violation, make available the supporting evidence, and provide the hearing’s date, time, and place. The student will have the opportunity to respond to the code violation and evidence during the hearing. In addition, the student is allowed to provide evidence to refute the allegation. The student should provide copies of any evidence at least three days prior to the hearing. If there is a “no-show” by the student, the hearing will be held without the student present.

 

c.    When the Hearing Committee reviews an academic penalty, it will ask the faculty member to submit, in writing, the documentation and evidence that supports the suspected offense. The Hearing Committee may request additional materials from either party. The Hearing Committee will consider all materials submitted and make its recommendation as provided in Section 02.04. The committee makes two assessments, whether to find the student guilty of academic dishonesty and whether to uphold the sanction. A tie vote confirms the faculty member’s determination. If there are multiple students challenging the same findings, the Committee will hear each student’s evidence separately and will vote on the evidence separately.

 

d.    After conducting its review, the Hearing Committee will submit its recommendation to the student, faculty member, and the dean of the college where the alleged violation occurred.

 

e.    The Hearing Committee may refer the matter to the Dean of Student’s Office for a disciplinary review.

 

03.04  The dean of the college where the violation occurred will be provided with all evidentiary materials from the Council chair. The dean has ten business days to review and make a decision. After receiving the dean’s decision, the student or faculty member has five business days to file an appeal to the provost.

 

03.05  As provided in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents, The Texas State University System (Chapter VI, Section 5.36), the vice president for Academic Affairs (provost) or a designee will hear appeals of academic decisions and will reach a decision within ten business days, with the understanding that additional time may be required to obtain information or counsel pertinent to the decision. Grounds for appeal are limited to allegations that:

 

a.    proper due process procedures were not followed. However, deviations from prescribed procedures will not necessarily invalidate a decision or proceeding unless they caused significant prejudice to the student;

 

b.    the penalties assessed are not commensurate with the code violation committed; or

 

c.    the university has violated a right guaranteed to the student by the Constitution or laws of the United States or the State of Texas.

 

03.06  The provost and vice president for Academic Affairs will render a final decision on the appeal within a reasonable time and will inform all parties of the decision.

 

NOTE: If any portion of this UPPS conflicts with the Regent’s Rules and Regulations, the latter will prevail.

 

04.       REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

 

04.01 Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

 

Position                                                         Date

 

 Associate Vice President for                     June 1 E4Y

Academic Affairs                                        

 

Vice President for Student Affairs            June 1 E4Y

 

Chair, Honor Code Council                       June 1 E4Y

 

Chair, Faculty Senate                                 June 1 E4Y

 

05.       CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

 

This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

 

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; senior reviewer of the UPPS

 

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

President