Academic Honesty Policy

Adherence to ordinary principles of academic honesty is expected of every Marist student. Work presented to instructors in the fulfillment of course requirements, papers, assignments, examination answers etc. is to be the student’s own work. Student work must be free of plagiarism.* Accessing another student’s computer file, with or without consent also constitutes plagiarism.

* NOTE: Marist College adopts the position of Modern Language Association Handbook, New York, 1977, par. 6 “Plagiarism may take the form of repeating another’s sentences as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone else’s line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own. In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have borrowed from another.”

1.   An arrangement by which work is to be submitted for credit in two or more courses must have the prior approval of the instructors involved.

2.   Each student is to use the library, computer facilities and other college facilities in such a way that equal access of others to the resources for study and research is ensured.

3.   Violations could result in a penalty up to an including the grade of “F” and/or suspension or expulsion from the College.

4.   A student who cooperates with one or more other students in a dishonest act is subject to the same penalties.

5.   Those who witness an act of dishonesty are expected to report it to the proper authority with the full assurance that confidentiality will be maintained.

Procedures and Appeals for Allegations of Academic Dishonesty

1.   Alleged dishonest act is identified and the student(s) notified.

Option A

Faculty member imposes a penalty up to a grade of “F,” and notifies the Dean of his/her action. If the student wishes to appeal the sanction, the Dean of Division/School handles the appeal. The Dean may recommend additional penalty up to suspension or expulsion from the College. The Committee on Academic Honesty will hear a final appeal.

Option B

Faculty member may impose a course penalty and recommend to the Dean of Division/School suspension or expulsion from the College. The Dean will take a position on the faculty member’s recommendation. The Academic Vice President will hear the final appeal of this decision.

The Committee on Academic Honesty is made up of five members. The committee will be constituted as follows: two voting faculty members from the Academic Standards Committee, the Director of the Center for Advising & Academic Services, the Student Body President, and the Student Academic Committee President.

Procedure for Appealing Grades and Other Academic Problems

The individual instructor is responsible for establishing standards, consistent with the guidelines established in the college catalogue, and for assigning grades to student work. Furthermore, faculty are required to set forth, clearly and in writing, at the beginning of a course, a description of the course requirements and the basis upon which the student’s grade will be determined. If a student feels that appropriate procedures have not been followed, or he/she has been graded unfairly, they should observe the following appeal procedure:

1.   The student should first meet with the faculty member who assigned the disputed grade to discuss the complaint and ask for an explanation.  If the student is unable to contact the faculty member in a timely manner, the student should contact the appropriate Dean.

2.   If after discussion with the faculty member the student is still not satisfied, he/she should make an appointment to speak to the appropriate Dean.

3.   If the student wishes the Dean to make a formal inquiry, the student must request this in writing and explain the basis of the complaint. The Dean will forward the complaint to the faculty member and request a written reply. (This initial written appeal must be made no later than 3 weeks into the semester following the disputed grade.)

4.   Upon receipt of the faculty member’s written reply the Dean may choose to conduct a hearing with the faculty member and the student to clarify the facts of the case. 

5.   The Dean will then recommend a course of action, in writing, to the faculty member, and send a copy to the student. The faculty member will then inform the student in writing of his/her decision.

6.   If the student is not satisfied with the course of action recommended by the Dean or the faculty member he/she may appeal in writing to the Academic Vice President.  The Academic Vice President will review the facts of the case and send his/her conclusions in writing to the Dean, faculty member and student. If the Academic Vice President feels that proper procedures have not been followed, he/she may appoint an ad hoc faculty panel to examine the case and render a final decision.

7.   All appeal decisions must be rendered within two weeks of the written appeal at each level.