Other Academic Regulations and Rules

Students may also reference Academic Honesty Policies in the University Calendar/ Student Handbook.

Academic Honesty

The Marywood University community functions best when its members treat one another with honesty, fairness, and trust. The entire community, students and faculty alike, recognize the necessity and accept the responsibility for academic honesty. Students must realize that deception for individual gain is an offense against the entire community. Cheating and plagiarism are behaviors destructive of the learning process and of the ethical standards expected of all students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Students have a responsibility to know and adhere to the University’s Academic Honesty policy. Violations of this academic honesty statement or the intent of this statement carry consequences. University procedures for investigation of alleged violations of this policy ensure that students are protected from arbitrary or capri­cious disciplinary action. Initial sanctions for violations of academic honesty ordi­narily are determined by the course instructor. The faculty member will employ a range of sanctions, from a minimum of a failing grade for the specific coursework in which the infraction occurred to a maximum of a failing grade for the entire course. If necessary, the chairperson and/or academic dean may become involved in investi­gating the allegation of academic dishonesty and the determination of sanctions.

The faculty member will file a report with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, with a copy to the faculty member’s department chairperson and the student’s academic dean. Sanctions determined by the instructor may include a grade of F for the coursework in which the infraction occurred. An academic dean may choose at any time to inform the Dean of Students of charges of academic dishonesty for adjudication in the University conduct system. Likewise, a member of the University community may submit a conduct report against a student, group of students, or student organization for alleged violations of the Academic Honesty policy to the Dean of Students, who will inform the appropriate academic dean for possible adjudication. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will maintain a register of established cases of academic dishonesty in order to identify an individual student’s pattern of violation. Two established cases of academic dishonesty will result in suspension from the University; three established cases will result in dismissal.

In a case in which the student is involved with violations of both academic and discipline policies from the same incident, the Dean of Students and the cognizant academic dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled will confer regarding sanctions to assess their academic impact and to assure that a consistent message is communicated to the student.

Sanctions for academic and/or disciplinary reason, as determined by the Dean of Students and in compliance with the judicial process, may include either suspension or dismissal from the University.

Suspension is the termination of student status for a specified period of time. Conditions of reinstatement are included in the Preliminary/Formal Hearing Results notice. A suspended student is charged fees for the semester in which the suspension occurs in accordance with the published University Withdrawal and Refund Policy Statement. A grade of “W” is assigned for the same semester courses remaining on the student transcript. A statement of the student’s status is sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Registrar and the record of the sanction is maintained for five years in the Office of the Dean of Students. Since the majority of undergraduates are legal dependents of their parents/guardians, the University reserves the right to contact parents and/or guardians when sanctions of Removal from the University Housing or Suspension/Dismissal from the University are imposed. Independent students should notify the Dean of Students of their independence and verify that status if requested.

Dismissal is the permanent termination of student status and separation from the University. A dismissed student is charged full fees for the semester in which the dismissal occurs in accordance with the published University Withdrawal and Refund Policy Statement and a grade of “W” is assigned for the same semester courses remaining on the student transcript. A statement of the student’s status is sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment Management and the Registrar and is recorded permanently in the Office of the Dean of Students. Since the majority of undergraduates are legal dependents of their parents/guardians, the University reserves the right to contact parents and/or guardians when sanctions of Removal from the University Housing or Suspension/Dismissal from the University are imposed. Independent students should notify the Dean of Students of their independence and verify that status if requested. See University/Student Handbook Academic Honesty section for definitions and procedures.

Professional Standards of Ethics and Conduct

The University educates students to take positions of responsibility and leadership within their communities. Many of our departments and programs represent professions which adhere to established standards of behavior and ethics; we expect our students to adhere to those standards as well. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from a program of study. For further information, consult your dean or faculty advisor.