Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to contribute actively to the development of an atmosphere of academic integrity. Mercyhurst University assumes, therefore, that students will maintain the highest forms of academic integrity. 

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. If an instructor believes that a student has willfully committed a form of academic dishonesty, the instructor will inform the student and complete a report that will be filed in the Office of Academic Affairs.  Cheating, including plagiarism, inappropriate use of technology, or any other unethical or dishonest behavior may subject the student to disciplinary action.

On a subsequent offense, the student will be subject to the consequence determined by the Office of Academic Affairs in conjunction with faculty.

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 for Academic Affairs or his/her designee. The final determination in any academic dishonesty case lies with the Vice President for 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). 

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