Students are expected to contribute actively to the development of an atmosphere of academic integrity. Mercyhurst University assumes, therefore, that students will not resort to plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty.
Students who engage in willful academic dishonesty may be subject to a broad range of sanctions. At the discretion of their instructor, they may be required to redo the plagiarized assignment, or they may receive an automatic F for the exam/assignment and/or course. Students found to be in collaboration with other students involved in willful academic dishonesty are also subject to disciplinary action.
With Reference to Class Assignments:
Academic integrity is an extremely important virtue in students, and it is to be maintained in class assignments. Students should follow the directions given by faculty members about assignments. Assignments should be read in full.
Students are expected to:
With reference to citations in formal writing:
Individual instructors may alter the expectations somewhat, however, the students are expected to uphold generally recognized standards of citation in order to avoid plagiarism.
General citation principles include:
With reference to taking exams:
It is expected that Mercyhurst University students will exhibit academic honesty when they take exams. Failure to do so is a form of deception that is unacceptable at Mercyhurst. Any action that misrepresents the extent to which a student has mastered material assessed on an exam constitutes academic dishonesty or cheating.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to the following types of activities:
When an instructor believes that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the instructor will inform the student and may complete an Academic Dishonesty Report to be filed with the Office of Academic Affairs. On a first offense, the student will be subject to the consequence determined by the individual faculty member.
On a second offense, the student will be subject to the consequence determined by the individual faculty member, as well as any combination of the following as determined by the Office of the Provost:
Students have a right to appeal if they believe an academic dishonesty allegation is unfounded. A written appeal must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs within 30 days of receiving notice regarding the allegation. Appeals will be heard by the Vice President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee. The final determination in any academic dishonesty case lies with the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Questions regarding academic dishonesty or the appeal process should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Security Violations and Misuse of Computer Resources
Mercyhurst University reserves the right to take serious action against any student who willfully releases restricted computer information; misuses the University’s computer resources and/or violates the code of conduct for use of information technology. Such action may include (but is not limited to) the cancellation of computer privileges, immediate dismissal from work positions if applicable, academic suspension or dismissal (to be determined by the Office of the Provost), and/or criminal prosecution.
With reference to library conduct:
Reading and audio-visual materials provided for the enrichment of the university community should be treated with respect by all students. Willful destruction of library materials, including but not limited to books, periodicals, manuscripts, CDs, videos and records constitutes academic misconduct.
Institutional Review Board
Research involving human participants must be conducted in compliance with federal guidelines. Students engaged in such research must receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).