Academic Honesty and Integrity
Integrity, honesty, trust, respect, and responsibility are
principles that guide all activity at the College of Business. As a community
of higher learning we accept that adherence to these principles is a necessity
and the joint responsibility of the students and the faculty. Breaches of academic
integrity only serve to decrease the value of all academic degrees offered by
The Faculty and the Administration of the College of Business
Administration recognize this and consequently take violations of academic integrity
(e.g., cheating, plagiarism, lying and/or using false documentation to gain
special privileges, etc.) very seriously. Instances of academic dishonesty in
CBA courses will be resolved according to the policies and procedures outlined
in the University Manual (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/MANUAL_06.html,
specifically Chapter 8, Academic Regulations http://www.uri.edu/facsen/8.20-8.27.html).
The sections of the University Manual that pertain to this
matter are presented below. It is the responsibility of every student and faculty
member to be familiar with and to implement these policies of our school.
Reporting of Cheating or Plagiarism
Cheating and Plagiarism. Students are expected to be honest in all academic
work. Cheating is the claiming of credit
for work not done independently without giving credit for aid received, or any
unauthorized communication during examinations.
A student's name on any written
exercise (theme, report, notebook, paper, examination)
shall be regarded as assurance
that the work is the result of the student's own thought and study, stated in
the student's own words and produced without assistance,
except as quotation marks, references and footnotes acknowledge the use of other
sources of assistance. Occasionally, students may be authorized to work jointly,
but such effort must be indicated as joint on the work submitted. Submitting
the same paper for more than one course is considered a breach of academic integrity
unless prior approval is given by the instructors.
In preparing papers or themes, a student often needs or is required to employ
sources of information or opinion. All
such sources used in preparing to write or in writing a paper shall be listed
in the bibliography. It is not necessary to give footnote
reference for specific facts which are common knowledge and have obtained general
agreement. However, facts, observations and opinions which are new discoveries
or are debatable shall be identified with correct footnote references even when
restated in the student's own words. Material
taken word for word from the written or oral statement of another person must
be enclosed in quotation marks or otherwise clearly distinguished from the body
of the text and the source cited. Paraphrasing or summarizing the contents of
another's work usually is acceptable if the source is clearly identified but
does not constitute independent work and may be rejected by the instructor.
Notebooks, homework and reports
of investigations or experiments shall meet the same standards as all other
written work. If any work is done jointly or if any part of an experiment or
analysis is made by someone other than the writer, acknowledgment of this fact
shall be made in the report submitted. Obviously, it
is dishonest to falsify or invent data.
Written work presented as personal
creation is assumed to involve no assistance other than incidental criticism
from others. A student shall not knowingly employ story
material, wording or dialogue taken from published work, motion pictures, radio,
television, lectures or similar sources.
In writing examinations, the student
shall respond entirely on the basis of the student's own capacity without any
assistance except that authorized by the instructor.
Instructors shall have the responsibility
of insuring that students prepare assignments with academic integrity.
Instructors shall do all that is feasible to prevent plagiarism in term papers
or other written work.
Instructors shall have the explicit duty to take action in known cases of cheating
or plagiarism. The instructor
shall have the right to fail a student on the assignment on which the instructor
has determined that a student has cheated or plagiarized. The circumstances
of this failure shall be reported to the student's academic dean.
The student may appeal the matter to the instructor's dean, and the decision
by the dean shall be expeditious and final. The Vice Provost for Urban Programs
shall be considered the instructor's dean only in cases of courses offered exclusively
through the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education (e.g. courses
with the code BGS).
If the violation warrants more severe censure, the instructor may recommend
additional action to the instructor's dean. Upon this recommendation the
dean may authorize the instructor to fail the student in the course.
The student or instructor may appeal the dean's decision to the Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs whose decision on the appeal shall be final.
8.27.19 Either the instructor,
the instructor's dean or the student's dean may request judicial action (see
9.21.10-31) on an allegation against a student for cheating or plagiarism. Any
of the judicial sanctions listed in sections 9.22.10-18 may be imposed after
a finding of guilty. If the request comes from an instructor it shall be accompanied
by a statement of position from the instructor's dean (see 9.20.10 and 9.21.10).
Students accused of academic dishonesty
within the drop period may be denied the opportunity to drop the course.
This requires permission from the instructor’s dean. If the accusation
is not upheld in an appeal, the student will be given the same options available
before the end of the drop period without penalty. #04-05--32
Any record of scholastic integrity
infractions where actions have been taken (i.e., assignment
of an "F" on an assignment and notification of the student's dean,
dean's authorization to assign an "F" for the course, referral to
the University Board on Student Conduct) will
be forwarded to the Office of Student Life. A cumulative file will be maintained
in that office. The Dean of Students shall notify the
student's dean of subsequent infractions and may initiate conduct action against
the student. #04-05--32