Bienen School of Music Academic Integrity
Dishonesty in Academic WorkA student who is guilty of dishonesty in academic work is subject to penalties ranging from failure of a course to suspension or exclusion from the University. It is the responsibility of the faculty to review all cases of academic dishonesty.
Such dishonesty includes:
submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely the student's own work without attributing those same portions to their correct source. Material discussing the use and acknowledgment of sources, entitled "Some Notes on Plagiarism and How to Aviod It," based upon Sources: Their Use and Acknowledgment, published by Dartmouth College, is available to you through the Undergraduate Studies Office, MAB Room 110.
using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information from another student or student's paper on an examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then sumbitting the work for regrading; or allowing another person to do one's work and to submit that work under one's own name.
presenting data in a piece of work which was not gathered in accordance with guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data were gathered or collected.
aiding and abetting dishonesty:
providing material or information to another person with knowledge that this material or information would be used improperly;
falsification of records and official documents:
altering documents affecting academic records; forging signature of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of permission, petition, drop/add form, or any other document designed to meet, or exempt a student from, an established University regulation;
obtaining an unfair advantage:
stealing, reproducing, circulating, or otherwise gaining access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the instructor; stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing library materials with the purpose of depriving others of their use; unauthorized collaborating on an academic assignment; retaining, possessing, using, or circulating previously given examination materials, where those materials clearly indicate that they are to be returned to the instructor at the conclusion of the examination; intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student's academic work; or otherwise undertaking activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over another student's academic work;
to computerized academic or administrative records or systems; viewing or altering computer records, modifying computer programs or systems, releasing or dispensing information gained via unauthorized access, or interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information.
Students accused of dishonesty may obtain information from their school office on procedures to follow.
Procedures for Dealing With Cases of Alleged Academic DishonsetyThe School of Music will deal with cases of alleged academic dishonesty in the following manner:
If a faculty member suspects that a student has been involved in an act of academic dishonesty, such an allegation should be reported immediately to the academic Dean's Office. All cases shall be referred within one month of the date of the alleged incident or within one month of the date the faculty member becomes aware of it, whichever is later. However, no action shall be taken on any case if more than one year has elapsed since the alleged incident.
The faculty member will review the evidence with the appropriate academic Dean and if, in the opinion of the academic Dean, there is sufficient evidence to merit a charge, the academic Dean shall set a meeting date to convene a neutral ad hoc committee of no fewer than three faculty members to investigate the charge.
The adademic Dean will inform the student in writing of the charge and investigation by the neutral ad hoc committee. This written notice shall include the name of the course instructor who has made the academic dishonesty charge, details relating to the alleged incident, quotation of relevant passages from the section on "Dishonesty in Academic Work" from the current Undergraduate Catalog which has allegedly been violated, possible penalties, a copy of the School of Music procedures as printed in the School of Music Undergraduate Handbook (or Graduate Study in Music), and the date and time of the meeting with the neutral ad hoc committee. The student shall be invited to this meeting in order to discuss the case and present any facts of statements to be used in his or her behalf. The student shall also have the option of requesting an earlier or later meeting date.
The neutral ad hoc committee will be convened and will investigate the allegation along with all related materials.
After deliberation, the neutral ad hoc committee will report its findings and recommendation to the academic Dean who will then inform the student in writing of the committee's action along with the appeal procedure. The recommended action appropriate to the particular case might range from reprimand to exclusion from the University. The grade given to a student who is guilty of academic dishonesty in a School of Music course is determined by the instructor.
The student may appeal the findings of the committee or the decision of the committee to the Dean of the School of Music in writing and within ten days of receipt of written notification of the sanction imposed by the academic Dean. The appeal letter must specify whether the finding and/or the sanction is being appealed as well as the ground(s) for the appeal. The sanction should not take effect until the appeal has been heard by the Dean. If the appeal is not granted, the sanction imposed will be applied retroactively. If the Dean's investigation results in a decision which is not acceptable to the appealing party, further appeal may be addressed to the Provost of the University within ten days of the notification of the Dean's decision.
When School of Music students are accused of academic dishonesty by another school within the University, the other school determined whether academic dishonesty has occurred and determines the grade to be received. The case is then referred to the appropriate academic dean within the School of Music, who will appoint a neutral ad hoc committee which will recommend what, if any, further action should be taken.
When a student from another school within the University is alleged to have been academically dishonest in a music course, the School of Music determines whether academic dishonesty has occurred and determines ther grade to be received. If the finding is affirmative, the academic Dean of the School of Music will refer the case, along with documentation, to the school in which the student is a major for whatever further action may be appropriate.