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Academic Integrity Policy


The mission of St. Catherine University provides for excellence in education through the search for truth and justice. In accordance with the mission, the University expects all students and faculty to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity, and acts of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples of conduct:

  • violating the academic rights of another student;
  • cheating on assignments or exams, including the use of crib notes or other unauthorized materials;
  • submitting papers or assignments written by another person (student, commercial agency, etc);
  • copying from another student's paper;
  • stealing copies of exams or answer sheets;
  • conveying test items to other students;
  • plagiarizing on papers and other assignments;
  • consenting to have one's work used by another student as her/his own;
  • falsely reporting information or misrepresenting actions in clinical or classroom laboratories;
  • depriving other students of necessary course materials by stealing books, periodicals or other materials from the library, media center, labs, etc.;
  • submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without approval of the appropriate instructors;
  • interfering in a harmful way with another student's work, such as sabotaging another student's laboratory experiment or entering or deleting data in another student's computer account; or
  • unlawfully duplicating copyrighted materials.

When academic dishonesty is alleged, the faculty member will immediately discuss with the student the grounds for suspicion and educate the student about the academic integrity policy and the consequences for violating the policy. If the faculty member determines that a violation has occurred, she/he will check with the Academic Affairs Office on her/his campus to inquire if the student has been reported previously for violations of the Academic Integrity Policy.

The Academic Affairs Office maintains a database of past offenses; however, these notations do not become a part of a student's permanent academic record unless they are the basis for expulsion from the University. The faculty member will forward a description of the violation, a copy of the evidence and a proposed sanction to the Academic Affairs Office.

The academic dean or her/his designee, as well as the faculty member's department chair or program director, will be available to consult with the faculty member regarding an appropriate sanction, based in part on the severity of the infraction and whether the student had a prior history of such offenses.

Faculty-determined sanctions will generally involve a reduced grade or zero credit on the assignment, test, or project or a reduced or failing grade in the course. For very serious offenses, the department chair or program director may impose the penalty of dismissal from the student's academic program. For the most serious offenses, the academic dean or her/his designee may impose the penalty of academic suspension or expulsion from the University.

For a more detailed explanation of the Academic Integrity Policy, consult the online Le Guide: Student Code of Conduct and Community Expectations. Pay particular attention to sections "III. Code of Conduct," "IV. Sanctions resulting from Code violations" and "VIII. Academic Integrity." Faculty members can find additional guidelines on the Academic Affairs website.