Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) values and upholds a high standard of academic integrity. It is the policy of the University to foster creative and academic work that is both original and based on fundamental principles of academic integrity. If a student’s writing or other creative projects use the work of someone else, that use must be formally acknowledged. When taking information or quotes from other authors and incorporating that material into a writing assignment, students must acknowledge the source and authorship of the material they borrow by properly citing it using Modern Language Association (MLA) standards. Similarly, when students’ creative projects incorporate other artists’ ideas, or any visual, electronic, audio, or other creative content, they must acknowledge and give credit to those artists according to discipline-specific guidelines. It is the responsibility of the student to understand and adhere to this university policy, follow prescribed guidelines, and understand the consequences of violating the policy. Enrollment in this university assumes a commitment to upholding the principles of academic integrity.
Violations of Academic Integrity
Plagiarism: The act of copying someone else's writing, creative work, or idea and is a violation of academic integrity. Whether a student is writing an academic paper or producing a creative project that uses other artists’ music, audio, film clips, images, or other creative content, all student work must acknowledge and cite those sources. A student who does not adequately cite sources of information and authorship in their academic work may be guilty of plagiarism and be subject to resulting university sanctions.
Guidelines for proper citation of sources used in student work are available on the Santa Fe University Fogelson Library website. Furthermore, each discipline within the arts may have specific requirements and conventions regarding the acknowledgement of materials and media appropriated within their creative work. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with these requirements and to consult with the instructor for further information and guidance.
Reuse of Work: The university recognizes that there may be some overlap between the assignments for different courses. Nevertheless, original academic and artistic work is required for each and every assignment. Reuse of work from one class to another without explicit consent from the instructor is considered an act of academic dishonesty and constitutes a form of plagiarism.
Cheating: Students are expected to complete their own assignments and examinations. Cheating includes the use of unauthorized materials for examinations or assignments, unauthorized assistance from other people, and papers from commercial companies or the Internet. Students should assume, unless explicitly told otherwise, that examinations should be completed without the use of books, notes, or conversation with others.
Fabrication: When information, citations, or data is falsified or invented with the intent to deceive in an academic assignment.
Facilitation: When a student knowingly allows his/her work to be used by another student who falsely claims authorship of that work. Facilitating the academic dishonesty of others is in itself a violation of the academic integrity policy.
Forgery: The act of falsifying a grade change form or having a substitute take an examination are serious violations of academic integrity.
Consequences for Violations of Academic Integrity Policy
Whether or not a violation of SFUAD’s academic integrity policy is deemed to be minor or serious, all offenses will be recorded by the instructor, reported to the department chair, and kept on file at the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs.
Students may inadvertently commit minor violations of academic integrity policies as a result of inexperience or due to a lack of awareness of the specifics of this institution’s academic integrity policies. (For example, a minor policy violation might include the failure to acknowledge some sources of information in an assignment.) Sanctions for minor violations are determined by the instructor, and, depending on the severity of the offense, could include consequences such as a mandatory repeat of the assignment, a lower grade for the assignment, or no credit for the assignment in question.
Serious violations of academic integrity policy involve intentional misrepresentation of student work on major papers, projects, or examinations. Examples of serious violations are repeated instances of plagiarism, plagiarizing major portions of an assignment, cheating on an examination, submitting or presenting the work of another as one’s own, reuse of previously completed work for a primary class assignment, or asking another individual to take a student’s examination in their place.
Depending on the severity of the offense, consequences for serious violations as determined by the instructor could include no credit for the assignment in question or an automatic failing grade in the course. In addition to receiving the sanctions imposed by the instructor, students who commit serious violations of the academic integrity policy may be subject to additional institution-level consequences that will be determined by the Dean of Academic Affairs. These sanctions may include academic probation, academic suspension, or dismissal from the university. All serious violations of the academic integrity policy will also be reported to the student’s department chair.
Procedures for Violations of Academic Integrity Policy
When an instructor recognizes a possible violation of the academic integrity policy in a student’s work, she/he will schedule a meeting with the student to discuss the issue. The instructor may request that the student’s academic advisor or the Department Chair also attend. At that meeting, the instructor will present the student with evidence of the policy violation. The student may present an argument or evidence disputing the instructor’s claim. After this meeting, the instructor will consider the relevant evidence and render a decision to impose sanctions within two weeks of the meeting. Documentation for all such offenses will be recorded and kept on file at the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs.
Depending on the severity or frequency of the violation, instructors may also recommend to their Department Chair that additional, institution-level sanctions be imposed on the student. After consultation with the instructor making the recommendation, the Department Chair may elect to submit a recommendation for additional institution-level sanctions to the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Dean of Academic Affairs may then impose institution-level sanctions appropriate to the level of academic integrity policy violation as outlined above.
The student may appeal the sanctions imposed by the instructor by submitting a written appeal to the instructor’s Department Chair within three business days of receiving the instructor’s decision. (If the instructor also serves as the Department Chair, the student may appeal directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs.) The Department Chair will convene a meeting with the student and instructor within a week of receiving the student’s letter of appeal. Upon review of the evidence, the Department Chair will determine whether to uphold or amend the instructor’s original decision. The Department Chair will then submit a written summary of their determination to the student, the instructor, and to the Dean of Academic Affairs. This document will also be recorded in the student’s file.
The student may appeal the decision of the Department Chair by submitting a written appeal to the Dean of Academic Affairs within one week of the Chair’s decision. The Dean of Academic Affairs will convene a meeting with the student, instructor, and Department Chair as soon as practicable after receiving the student’s letter of appeal. Upon review of the evidence, the Dean of Academic Affairs will determine whether to uphold or to amend the Department Chair’s decision. The Dean of Academic Affairs will then submit a written summary of their determination to the student, the instructor, and to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.
Finally, the student may appeal the decision of the Dean of Academic Affairs by submitting a final written appeal to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs within one week of the Dean’s decision. The VPAA will then make a final determination of sanctions upon reviewing the case with the instructor, the Department Chair, the student’s Department Chair, and Dean of Academic Affairs. The Vice-President of Academic Affairs will then submit a written summary of the final determination to all parties. Determinations of sanctions by the Vice-President of Academic Affairs are final and not subject to further appeal.
From: HLC Self-Study Criterion 2 Subcommittee:
Ethics in Research and Scholarship
April 28, 2014
The writing of this policy drew upon the following sources:
“Academic Integrity Policy,” Columbia College, Chicago,
“Academic Honesty Policy,” Marquette University, 2007-2008 Undergraduate Bulletin “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices,” Council of Writing Program Administrators, 2003. http://www.wpacouncil.org/ Journalism Department, Columbia College Chicago Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
“Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty Policy,” Emerson College, 2007-2008 Student Handbook Policy on Academic Integrity, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
“Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students”, Rutgers University-Camden Savannah College of Art and Design,http://www.scad.edu/academic/policies/
“Student Handbook 2012 – 2013”, Cal Arts