Academic Integrity and Cheating

To be accepted at Appalachian, students who apply must agree to follow the academic integrity code, a list of rules concerning honesty and cheating. Students agree not to lie, cheat, or steal to gain academic advantage. In addition, the Code specifies roles and responsibilities of various members of the University community; describes the procedures (including due process protections) for reporting and resolving allegations of Code violations; and specifies sanctions for violations.

You should be familiar with the specific kinds of conduct that violate the Code (cheating, plaigiarism, unauthorized assistance with an assignment, etc.), as well as with the procedures for reporting and resolving violations. In particular, the code outlines the kinds of penalties you can and cannot impose yourself, along with an indication of what needs to be reported to Judicial Affairs. You can require the student to retake the test or redo the assignment without involving the judicial process. If you wish to do anything else, you must be sure to follow the guidelines. Here are the main points from those guidelines:

  • You may impose a reduced grade for the assignment or the course.
  • You may require the student to attend a workshop on academic integrity.
  • In either of the above cases, you must notify Judicial Affairs.
  • Second offenses are automatically referred to the Academic Integrity Board, and may result in suspension or expulsion.

You should make clear (e.g., in your syllabus) your expectations about academic integrity by providing a link to the University's Academic Integrity policy statement. If you are an instructor, review the steps that may be taken if violations of academic integrity are suspected and maintain the confidentiality of allegations within the parameters of the Code to avoid possible defamation lawsuits.