This publication is designed to assist faculty in creating an
online atmosphere that promotes academic integrity among students
at Saint Leo University. The Center for Online Learning encourages
its faculty to assist students in understanding the importance of
academic integrity. As a Catholic institution rooted in the
Benedictine tradition it is our responsibility to educate students
as to the definition of academic dishonesty, the consequences of
such behavior, and the procedures for addressing academic
We believe faculty can play a major role in assisting student's
understanding of academic integrity. Each term our students receive
a document that requires them to read and accept the Saint Leo
University Honor Code. This document provides an explanation of
various forms of academic dishonesty and gives students a clear
concept of the expectations for their academic work at Saint Leo
Students may also review the Honor Code in the Catalog, on the
COL website, and within each course syllabus.
Saint Leo Catalog link: http://www.saintleo.edu/Academics/Academic-Catalogs
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Academic dishonesty is defined in Saint Leo University's Honor
Code as: representing another person's work as your own, active
complicity in any falsification, or violating test conditions.
Plagiarism is defined as: stealing and/or passing off someone
else's ideas and works as your own or using the work of another
individual without crediting them.
As members of an academic community that places a high value on
truth and the pursuit of knowledge, Saint Leo University students
are expected to be honest in every phase of their academic life and
to present as their own work only that which is genuinely theirs.
Unless otherwise specified by the professor, students must complete
homework assignments by themselves (or if on a team assignment,
with only their team members). If they receive outside assistance
of any kind, they are expected to cite the source and indicate the
extent of the assistance. Each student has the responsibility to
maintain the highest standards of academic integrity and to refrain
from cheating, plagiarism or any other form of academic
Academic dishonesty is representing another's work as one's own,
active complicity in such falsification or violating test
conditions. Plagiarism is stealing and passing off the ideas and
words of another as one's own or using the work of another without
crediting the source.
The University will hold students responsible for safeguarding
their work against plagiarism by others. For example, papers left
on hard drives or floppy disks are easily copied and, when two or
more students submit papers that are essentially the same, it is
often impossible to determine which version was written first and
which was plagiarized. In cases of this nature, the actions of both
students will be reviewed by the appropriate body and appropriate
sanctions may be awarded to one or all students.
Questions of academic honesty are of great importance to Saint
Leo University. Infractions are addressed by the Office of Academic
Affairs. When there is a reason to suspect that a student has
violated either the University's policy on academic honesty or the
faculty member's specific codes as outlined in the course syllabus,
the faculty member must, in private, via email discuss the
charges and the evidence with the student, without taking any
punitive action. Any punitive action that needs to be taken will be
determined by the OASC only. The faculty member will as
soon as possible submit a Faculty Adjudication Form (FAF) and any
additional documentation necessary of the suspected violation.
For students enrolled in the Center for Online Learning, the
report goes to the Online Academic Standards Committee (OASC).
The report of the faculty member will normally include these
Upon receipt of the faculty member's report, the OASC will
schedule a hearing and inform the student, and faculty member via
email, of the date and time of the hearing. The OASC also will
attach copies of the faculty member's report.
A student is not permitted to withdraw from a course while the
infraction is under investigation. The student is required to
attend the hearing.
If the student does not attend the hearing, the OASC will render
a default judgment with appropriate sanctions.
After reviewing the evidence and hearing the argument of both
parties, the Committee will render a decision on the charge and
determine any sanctions that are appropriate.
The sanctions for academic dishonesty such as cheating on an
examination, plagiarism, forgery of academic documents (including
signing another's name), copying of computer programs or
information and similar offenses, are as follows:
Circumstances that would justify sanctions greater than the
minimum include the student's previous academic and disciplinary
record at the University or the particularly flagrant nature of the
A Center for Online Learning student may appeal the decisions of
the OASC to the Center for Online Learning Director who may accept
or modify any finding, conclusion, or suggested sanction in the
OASC's recommendation and issue the final decision of the
University as soon as practical. The final authority rests with the
Director of the Center for Online Learning
It is the responsibility and obligation of each student
personally to uphold the Academic Honor Code. Students are required
to report any observed instance of academic dishonesty to the
Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited
Obtaining Information Illegitimately:
COL has found that some of the following suggestions have been
beneficial in addressing academic dishonesty and preventing its
I. Outline your EXPECTATIONS in the syllabus (SLU Honor Code is
II. Utilize appropriate techniques to help PREVENT academic
Saint Leo University also maintains a Student Code of Conduct
for which students are responsible (pages 22-23 of SLU Catalog).
Disciplinary action may be initiated by the Center for Online
Learning, particularly in overt cases of misconduct. If a faculty
member suspects an infraction of the code of conduct, he/she needs
to report this charge to Dr. Diane Johnson and
complete the FAF form.