Implementation and Dissemination
of the Student Academic Honesty Code
Each school of Binghamton University, including the Graduate School and the Division of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, implements the Student Academic Honesty Code and adjudicates all matters related thereto through its own committee structure. Jurisdiction for violations of the Academic Honesty Code in courses cross-listed between schools falls to the school of the "parent" course.
The chair of each school's honesty committee is the first point of contact for faculty in that school who suspect academic dishonesty. Reports of academic dishonesty should be sent to the school's honesty committee chair. Each school may use its own form for admission of academic dishonesty, consistent with the Code.
A university-wide database, based in the Provost's Office, was created to archive all reports of findings of guilt (either by admission or by adjudication) beginning with the Fall 2003 semester. School honesty committee chairs forward reports of academic dishonesty to the Provost's Office for inclusion in this database and also have access to this database to check for prior violations.
Students have received copies of the Code during orientation. They will be required to acknowledge the Code and their intent to abide by its terms each semester when they log onto the registration system. Faculty will ensure enforcement of the Code.
Interpretation of the Code
See the "Academic Policies and Procedures - All Students" section of the University Bulletin for the full Academic Honesty Code.
Violations of the Code vary in severity, so that the appropriate punishments vary. Some violations (Category I) may be handled by the instructor and student(s) involved. However, violations requiring more severe penalties (Category II) are appropriately dealt with by the academic honesty committee of the relevant school in accordance with procedures laid out in the Code of Student Conduct. Category I violations are serious but may be dealt with by the instructor. Category II violations may result in letters of reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion from the University. Behavior explicitly permitted in a course syllabus or explicitly permitted by the instructor for a specific assignment is not a violation of the Code. (Specific information about what constitutes a Category I or Category II violation can be found at the website listed above.)
Each school should develop its own procedures, consistent with these guidelines. These procedures may vary, depending on the size of the school and other relevant factors. The appropriate procedures to address the two categories of violations are as follows.
Category I Violations:
If an instructor discovers one of these violations, the instructor should first communicate with the student regarding the nature of the charge and the evidence on which the instructor has relied in reaching the conclusion that a violation has occurred. The student should be given the opportunity to respond.
If the instructor remains convinced by the preponderance of evidence that a violation has occurred, the instructor may check to see if there is a record of a previous violation by the student. (See list of Contact Persons below.) Students who are accused of a second Category I offense will be treated as being charged with a Category II offense and referred to the committee of the school in which the offense occurred. (See Category II Violations procedure below.)
If there is no previous violation, the faculty member should impose the appropriate penalty. The instructor should then fill in a Report of Academic Dishonesty Form describing the violation that occurred and the evidence supporting that finding. The form will also explain to the student the procedures whereby the student may appeal the decision. The student will then be asked to read and sign the form and will be provided with a copy. If the student chooses not to sign the form, the case goes to a hearing before the committee of the school in which the offense occurred. (See list of Contact Persons below.) The instructor will then forward the Report of Academic Dishonesty Form along with the supporting evidence to the chair of the appropriate committee, who will send a copy to the Provost's Office, where it will be kept on file.
Category II Violations:
If an instructor discovers a Category II violation, the instructor should first communicate with the student regarding the nature of the charge and the evidence on which the instructor has relied in reaching the conclusion that a violation has occurred. If the instructor remains convinced that a Category II violation has occurred, the instructor should submit a detailed written charge with supporting evidence to the honesty committee of the school in which the offense occurred. (See list of Contact Persons below.)
The student will be notified of the charge and the date of the hearing and will receive a copy of the committee procedures. The instructor should assign an Incomplete grade for the student's work, pending the outcome of the hearing. If, after the hearing, the committee concludes that the charges were unproven, the faculty member should re-evaluate the student's work in light of that finding. In determination of any penalty for Category II violations, committees will consider all relevant factors, including the nature of the violation and any previous violations that may have been committed by the student. The chair of the appropriate committee will report any guilty findings to the Provost's Office, where they will be kept on file.
If, when proceeding with a suspected violation of the Academic Honesty Code, the instructor is convinced by the preponderance of evidence that a violation has occurred, the instructor should then contact the school's honesty committee chair to see if there is a record of a previous violation by the student. Contact the Associate Dean of the school or college.
For More Information
See the "Academic Policies and Procedures - All Students" section of the University Bulletin for the full Academic Honesty Code. If you have any questions about the policy or the details of implementation, please contact your school's honesty committee chair or Associate Dean.