Students at Crandall University are required to uphold high standards of academic integrity, including (but not limited to) the following:
- supporting the academic progress of other students and doing nothing to impede that progress;
- following all relevant protocols for testing, assignments, and other forms of evaluation;
- not submitting the same work for credit in two or more courses without permission to do so;
- not representing as one’s own work something that is not;
- acknowledging the source of any information or phrasing that is not one’s own.
A breach of any of the above may constitute academic dishonesty.
Plagiarism is of particular concern because students are often confused about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. In short, plagiarism is the act of using ideas, words, data sets, tables, recordings, or other such material that is not one’s own without acknowledging the source, or submitting one’s own work from another course without permission to do so, and it is considered a serious academic offense.
The university is committed to helping students avoid plagiarism and will provide training on how to find quality sources of information, how to quote from or paraphrase such sources, and how to properly acknowledge those sources. Such training is typically provided in introductory courses and in resources made available in the library and on Moodle.
Upholding Academic Standards
When a student falls short of the University’s standards for academic integrity, the instructor must report the incident to the chair of the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee (ASAC). The instructor and the Committee will then take appropriate steps to address the situation. Such steps typically include one or more of the following:
- a notice of academic dishonesty added to the student’s academic file;
- training in the area concerned;
- reprimand and rewrite;
- reduction of grade on the assignment;
- grade of “F” on the course;
- suspension from the university;
- dismissal from the university.
If an incident involves the collaboration of two or more students, such steps may be applied to all involved.
Students have the right to appeal a decision of the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee to the Academic Council. Such appeals must include new evidence or reasoning that calls into question the original decision of the Committee and must be made in writing within two weeks of being notified of the Committee’s decision.