CSE501   Academic Integrity at UB CSE   9/6/05
(links updated, Fall '06)
 




http://www.ub-judiciary.buffalo.edu/rulereg.shtml
UB Rules & Regulations (NEW: affirmation form required for Spring'06 registration)


http://www.ub-judiciary.buffalo.edu/art1.shtml

13. The term "academic integrity proceeding" means the process defined in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs for dealing with such matters (See Article 3A, Academic Dishonesty).

14. The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.

15. The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.





http://www.ub-judiciary.buffalo.edu/art3a.shtml##integrity


Academic Dishonesty

The development of intelligence and strengthening of moral responsibility are two of the most important aims of education. Fundamental to the accomplishment of these purposes is the duty of the student to perform all of his or her required work without illegal help.

Academic Integrity at UB Means: "The University has a responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect for others' academic endeavors. By placing their name on academic work, students certify the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments." (Adapted from University of Wisconsin, "Student Disciplinary Guidelines," and University of Delaware, "Academic Comment Honesty and Dishonesty.")

The University has a responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect for others' academic endeavors. By placing their name on academic work, students certify the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments.

(Adapted from University of Wisconsin, "Student Disciplinary Guidelines," and University of Delaware, "Academic Comment Honesty and Dishonesty.")


A. Academic integrity is a fundamental university value...Definitions of Academic Dishonesty:

(a)
Previously submitted work: submitting academically required material that has been previously submitted in whole or in substantial part in another course, without prior and expressed consent of the instructor;
(b)
Plagiarism: copying or receiving material from a source or sources and submitting this material as one's own without acknowledging the particular debts to the source (quotations, paraphrases, basic ideas), or otherwise representing the work of another as one's own;
(c)
Cheating: receiving information, or soliciting information, from another student or other unauthorized source, or giving information to another student, with the intent to deceive while completing an examination or individual assignment;
(d)
Falsification of academic materials: fabricating laboratory materials, notes, reports, or any forms of computer data; forging an instructor's name or initials; resubmitting an examination or assignment for reevaluation which has been altered without the instructor's authorization; or submitting a report, paper, materials, computer data, or examination (or any considerable part thereof) prepared by any person other than the student responsible for the assignment;
(e)
Misrepresentation of [University] documents...;
(f)
[Misuse of] Confidential academic materials: procurement, distribution or acceptance of examinations, laboratory results, or confidential academic materials without prior and expressed consent of the instructor;
(g)
Selling academic assignments...;
(h)
Selling computer assignments...

The policy is printed in the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate School Policies and Procedures or copies of the procedure are available from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Room 542 Capen Hall, North Campus.


B. Unlawful Sale of Dissertations, Theses and Term Papers ...[I hope this isn't even relevant for you...still read it.]




http://www.ub-judiciary.buffalo.edu/art11.shtml
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Note: As of 9/2/03, and still as of 9/6/05, the URL says "art11" but the article number is 12.
General Conduct Rules and Regulations


Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions:


1. DISHONESTY--Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

A. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.

B Furnishing false information to any University official, faculty member, employee or office.

C. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University or Official document, record, or instrument of identification. (e.g., drivers licenses and passports).

D. Tampering with the election of any University recognized student organization.


2. DISRUPTION 3. PHYSICAL VIOLENCE 4. TRESPASS/UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY 5. THEFT ...





http://www.grad.buffalo.edu/policies/policies_procedures.pdf, page 19:

[Also see: http://www.grad.buffalo.edu/policies/index.php]
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR ACADEMIC INFRACTIONS
Preamble


The University community depends upon shared academic standards. Academic dishonesty in any form by any member of the University community represents a fundamental breach of these standards.

When an instance of suspected or alleged academic dishonesty by a student arises, it shall be resolved according to the procedures set forth herein, unless procedures already exist within the student's professional school. These procedures assume that many questions of academic dishonesty will be resolved through informal consultation between the student and the instructor. If, however, such informal consultation fails to resolve the question, or the instructor considers formal proceedings warranted, the formal procedures described in Part II must be used.

It is recommended that the instructor consult with the department chair and/or the Undergraduate Dean or Dean of the Graduate School if there are any questions regarding these procedures.

Examples of academic dishonesty are listed in Article 1--#13, #14, #15, and Article 12--#1 of the Student Rules and Regulations.


I. Informal Proceedings


A. When Used: Informal consultation between the student and the instructor is the desired method of resolving many questions of academic dishonesty. If an instructor has reason to believe that a student may have committed an act of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall consult with the student within a reasonable period of time but as close as possible to the discovery of the suspected act. If the instructor is investigating a suspected or alleged act of academic dishonesty, the instructor may consult with students who may have some knowledge of the alleged act of academic dishonesty. The student suspected of academic dishonesty shall be notified by the instructor in advance of such a consultation.


B. Procedures: At this stage of consultation, the instructor shall inform the student of the allegations relating to the specific infringement and the student shall be given a copy of these procedures and criteria. The student shall be provided with the opportunity to explain any suspected or alleged misconduct, including any extenuating or mitigating circumstances, to present evidence of innocence, or to give information relevant to an investigation. Neither the instructor nor the student shall be represented or accompanied by an attorney or any other advisor, and no record of this informal consultation need be preserved.


C. Decision:


1. Finding of Guilty/Sanctions Imposable: If after consultation with the student, the instructor believes the student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the instructor has the authority to impose one or more of the following sanctions:


a. Admonition--An oral statement to the student that he or she has violated a University standard of academic honesty.

b. Warning--Written notice to the student that repetition of the wrongful conduct may be cause for more severe sanctions. (A copy of this letter shall become part of the confidential file maintained with respect to the matter [See Section III, A].)

c. Revision of Work--Requiring the student to replace or revise the work in which dishonesty occurred. (The instructor may choose to assign a grade of Incomplete pending replacement or revision of the work.)

d. Reduction in Grade--With respect to the particular assignment/exam or the course.

e. Mandatory Resignation--To be indicated on the transcript by an "R."

f. Failure for Reason of Academic Dishonesty--To be indicated on the transcript by an "F."


2. Notification: The student shall be notified of the decision by letter (certified mail), a copy of which shall become part of the confidential file maintained with respect to the matter (See Section III, A). The letter shall advise the student of the sanction(s) imposed or of the institution of formal proceedings.


3. Appeal: The student shall have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. The appeal shall be submitted in writing to the instructor and to the Graduate or Undergraduate Dean, or to the dean of the professional school of which the instructor is a member, no later than 10 academic days after the faculty member has notified the student of his or her decision. Appeals from undergraduates enrolled in professional degree programs shall be submitted to the Undergraduate Dean. (A copy of the appeal shall become part of the confidential file maintained with respect to the matter [See Section III, A].) Pending resolution, the student will be assigned a grade of Incomplete. The Dean shall convene a committee comprised of an equal number of faculty members and students to hear the appeal and to provide him or her with their recommendation. The Dean's decision shall be final.


II. Formal Proceedings


A. When Used: If the instructor has reason to believe that a student may have committed an act of academic dishonesty, and the instructor believes that formal proceedings and the harsher sanctions imposable thereunder are warranted, the formal procedures outlined here shall be used.


B. Procedures: When these formal procedures are to be used, a hearing shall be conducted by a tribunal, to be known as the adjudication committee. For students in Undergraduate Education or Millard Fillmore College, the adjudication committee shall be constituted in accordance with the bylaws of these divisions. For students in graduate or post-baccalaureate professional programs, the adjudication committee will be constituted in accordance with the bylaws of the individual college, or school.

The adjudication committee shall give the student reasonable advance notice (not less than 72 hours) of the hearing. The instructor shall provide the committee with a written statement of the evidence against the student and the names of potential witnesses. The committee shall convey this information to the student prior to the hearing, and shall indicate the possible sanctions that can be imposed if the student is found guilty.

At the hearing, the student shall be entitled to present evidence in his or her own behalf, examine all evidence against him or her, and cross-examine all witnesses against him or her. Neither party may be represented by an attorney or anyone else, but the student may be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choice, who may advise but not represent him or her during the proceedings.

The technical and formal rules of evidence applicable in a court of law are not controlling, and the adjudication committee may hear all relevant material and reliable evidence which will contribute to an informed result. Irrelevant or unduly repetitious evidence or cross-examination may be excluded by the chair of the committee.


C. Decision:


1. Finding of Guilty/Sanctions Imposable or Recommendable. If a majority of the adjudication committee’s members present are convinced the student committed an act of academic dishonesty, the adjudication committee has the power to impose one or more of the following sanctions to which a majority of its members agree:

a. Any of the Sanctions that the Instructor, Chair and/or Dean could have Imposed--(see Section II, C. 1.)

b. Probation--To be upon stated terms with any violation being a ground for subsequent suspension or expulsion.

c. Such other Reasonable and Appropriate Sanctions as may be determined by the Committee with the exception of those stated subsequently in d.

d. In addition, the adjudication committee shall have the power to recommend to the University President imposition of any of the following sanctions:


2. The student shall be notified of the decision by letter, a copy of which shall become part of the confidential file maintained with respect to the matter (See Section III, B). The letter shall advise the student of the sanction(s) imposed or recommended to the President.


3. Finding of Not Guilty: The student shall be notified of the decision in writing, but neither the decision letter nor other materials pertinent to the review shall be maintained in any file.


4. Appeal: Neither the Student nor the faculty member shall have a right of formal appeal.


III. Miscellaneous Provisions


A. A decision letter of the instructor finding the student guilty shall be kept in a confidential file, maintained by the Graduate, Undergraduate or professional school Dean until the student graduates or has not been enrolled at the University for a period of one year. At that time the letter shall be destroyed. The student shall have access to such file.

B. The adjudication committee shall, if it finds the student guilty, keep a record of the matter consisting of all written communications, all written evidence, an audio tape or other record of the hearing, and its decision letter. This record shall be kept in a confidential file, maintained by the Graduate, Undergraduate or professional school Dean until the student graduates or has left the University for a period of one year. The student shall have access to such file.

C. Once the student is notified of the scheduling of a consultation or hearing, the student may not withdraw from the course without the permission of the instructor.



http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/grad/Academic_Progress.shtml
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UB CSE Department Statement on Academic Integrity

The academic degrees and the research findings produced by our Department are worth no more than the integrity of the process by which they are gained. If we do not maintain reliably high standards of ethics and integrity in our work and our relationships, we have nothing of value to offer one another or to offer the larger community outside this Department, whether potential employers or fellow scholars.

For this reason, the principles of Academic Integrity have priority over every other consideration in every aspect of our departmental life, and we will defend these principles vigorously. It is essential that every student be fully aware of these principles, what the procedures are by which possible violations are investigated and adjudicated, and what the punishments for these violations are. Wherever they are suspected, potential violations will be investigated and determinations of fact sought. In short, breaches of academic integrity will not be tolerated.


University Statements on Academic Integrity

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering endorses and adheres to the University policy on academic integrity. Students should be familiar with that policy, as expressed in the following documents:




Departmental Statement on Academic Integrity in Coding Assignments and Projects


The following statement further describes the specific application of these general principles to a common context in the CSE Department environment, the production of source code for project and homework assignments. It should be thoroughly understood before undertaking any cooperative activities or using any other sources in such contexts.

All academic work must be your own. Plagiarism, defined as copying or receiving materials from a source or sources and submitting this material as one's own without acknowledging the particular debts to the source (quotations, paraphrases, basic ideas), or otherwise representing the work of another as one's own, is never allowed. Collaboration, usually evidenced by unjustifiable similarity, is never permitted in individual assignments. Any submitted academic work may be subject to screening by software programs designed to detect evidence of plagiarism or collaboration.

It is your responsibility to maintain the security of your computer accounts and your written work. Do not share passwords with anyone, nor write your password down where it may be seen by others. Do not change permissions to allow others to read your course directories and files. Do not walk away from a workstation without logging out. These are your responsibilities. In groups that collaborate inappropriately, it may be impossible to determine who has offered work to others in the group, who has received work, and who may have inadvertently made their work available to the others by failure to maintain adequate personal security. In such cases, all will be held equally liable (emphases added by KWR).

These policies and interpretations may be augmented by individual instructors for their courses. Always check the handouts and web pages of your course and section for additional guidelines.

These policies and interpretations may be augmented by individual instructors for their courses. Always check the handouts and web pages of your course and section for additional guidelines.




Departmental Policy on Violations of Academic Integrity


Any student accused of a violation of academic integrity will be so notified by the course director. An informal review will be conducted, including a meeting between these parties. After this review and upon determination that a violation has occurred, the following sanctions will be imposed. It is the policy of this department that any violation of academic integrity will result in an F for the course, that all departmental financial support including teaching assistanceship, research assistanceship or scholarships be terminated, that notification of this action be placed in the student's confidential departmental record, and that the student be permanently ineligible for future departmental financial support. A second violation of academic integrity will cause the department to seek permanent dismissal from the major and bar from enrollment in any departmental courses. Especially flagrant violations will be considered under formal review proceedings, which may in addition to the above sanctions result in expulsion from the University.


Discontinuance of Study

You may be asked to leave the Department for any of the following reasons:

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