Policies & Procedures

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Academic and Personal Conduct

Indiana University and the School of Education expect students to follow the fundamental principles of academic and personal integrity in behavior and the pursuit of learning. Campus security requires all criminal activity as defined in the Cleary Act of 2012 to be reported to campus authorities for action and inclusion in annual crime reports.

Indiana University Student Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct requires university personnel to report all incidents of academic misconduct to the IU Dean of Students and expects incidents of personal misconduct such as classroom incivility to be reported. For detailed information about policies and procedures, including due process requirements, refer to the Code, especially Part II: Student Responsibilities and Part III: Procedures for Implementation of the Code. Copies of the Code can be obtained from the Dean of Students.

Cheating is dishonesty of any kind with respect to course assignments, alteration of records, or examinations. It is the student’s responsibility not only to abstain from cheating, but also to avoid the appearance of cheating and to guard against making it possible for others to cheat. Any student who helps another student cheat is as guilty of cheating as the student assisted. The student also should do everything possible to induce respect for the examining process and for honesty in the performance of assigned tasks in or out of class.

Plagiarism is assuming credit for someone else’s work, words, or ideas—whether or not the ideas are expressed in the borrower’s own words. Honesty requires that any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged. Plagiarism includes language or ideas taken from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs; entire articles copied from books, periodicals, or speeches; the writings or created works of other students; and materials assembled or collected by others in projects or collections without acknowledgment.

A faculty member who has evidence that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism will initiate the process of determining the student’s guilt or innocence. No penalty will be imposed until the student has been informed of the charge and of the evidence on which it is based, and has been given an opportunity to present a defense. If the faculty member finds the student guilty, the faculty member assesses a penalty within the course and promptly reports the case in writing to the Dean of Students. The report should include the names of any other students who may be involved in the incident and recommendations for further action. The dean, in consultation with the faculty member if the latter so desires, will initiate any further disciplinary proceedings and inform the faculty member of any action taken. In every case, a record of the offenses remains on file.

For further regulations, please refer to the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

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