Core Humanities at the University of Nevada


The universityís Academic Standards policy states:

Academic dishonesty is against university as well as the system community standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Plagiarism: defined as submitting the language, ideas, thoughts or work of another as oneís own; or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing oneís work to be used in this fashion.

Cheating: defined as (1) obtaining or providing unauthorized information during an examination through verbal, visual or unauthorized use of books, notes, text and other materials; (2) obtaining or providing information concerning all or part of an examination prior to that examination; (3) taking an examination for another student, or arranging for another person to take an exam in oneís place; and/or (4) altering or changing test answers after submittal for grading, grades after grades have been awarded, or other academic records once these are official. . . .

Sanctions for violations of university academic standards may include: filing a final grade of ďFĒ; reducing the studentís final course grade one or two full grade points; awarding a failing mark on the test or paper in question; or requiring the student to retake the test or resubmit the paper.

Procedures for Filing Academic Dishonesty Charges

The policy in Core Humanities is to file a final grade of F for students who engage in academic dishonesty. The F grade is not subject to appeal unless it differs from the sanction for academic dishonesty that is stated on the course syllabus. In addition, all incidents of academic dishonesty are reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

An instructor who finds that a student cheated or plagiarized must notify the student of the charge and proposed sanction, in writing, no later than 15 working days after discovering the action or 5 calendar days after the last day of instruction, whichever comes first. An instructor who misses the deadline forfeits the right to impose an academic sanction, but may still refer the matter to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action.

The Core Humanities program has a standard charge letter (available from the CH office) that may be used and modified to fit particular circumstances. Instructors should attach evidence to support the academic dishonesty charge as applicable. In plagiarism cases, this means a copy of the studentís paper and a copy of source that was plagiarized, with clear indications of the similarities between the two (e.g., underlined and numbered sections of the studentís paper that are matched to underlined and numbered sections on the original source). Copies of the course syllabus and any other information provided to students explaining what plagiarism is, how to cite sources, and the sanction for academic dishonesty (clearly marked) should also be attached to the charge letter. The sanction proposed in the charge letter must match the sanction stated on the course syllabus.

The letter must be hand delivered or sent by certified mail, with copies provided to the Director of Core Humanities and the Assistant Dean of Student Conduct. The CH office can take care of certified mailing.

Once a charge of academic dishonesty is made, only the instructor or an Academic Integrity hearing can overturn it. The student may request a meeting with the CH director to discuss the charge, but the director can only advise the student and cannot overturn the charge or change the sanction. An instructor may withdraw the charge by writing to the CH director and the Office of Student Conduct and informing the student of the change.

If the student accepts the charge and does not file an appeal, the instructor may impose the sanction proposed in the letter. If the student accepts the sanction, no further action is needed.

Appeals Process

A student who intends to appeal the charge or the sanction should remain in the class and continue to complete all assigned work until the matter is resolved. The instructor must allow the student to remain in the class and grade all completed work in the usual manner and according to the same standards that apply to other students in the class.

Appealing the Charge

A student who denies the charge of academic dishonesty may file an appeal by writing to the CH director within 10 working days of receiving the notification. Within 5 working days of receiving the appeal, the CH director informs the instructor and refers the incident to the Office of Student Conduct to arrange a hearing by an Academic Integrity Board. The Board is made up of two undergraduate students appointed from the Student Conduct Hearing Board, two academic faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate, and an academic faculty chair appointed by the Executive Vice President and Provost. After hearing evidence presented by the faculty member and student, the Board determines whether academic dishonesty occurred. The Board bases its determination on whether the incident meets the definition of academic dishonesty set out above. It does not consider the studentís intent, previous academic record, scholarship standing, career plans, or other factors not related to the incident itself. If the Academic Integrity Board upholds the charge, the instructor may impose the sanction. If the charge is overturned, the instructor may not impose the sanction and the case is closed.

Appealing the Sanction

A student who accepts the charge or fails to convince the Academic Integrity Board to overturn it may request that the sanction be reviewed by the CH director if it is different from the sanction for academic dishonesty stated in the course syllabus. The student must request this review in writing within 10 working days of receiving notification of the charge. The CH director has 5 working days to make the decision and inform the student in writing. The director's decision is final.

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