Cabrini University is a college that emphasizes how important academic integrity is to the preservation of the intellectual community. Students who are accused of violating the university's rules that maintain academic integrity will be accused of what's known as “academic misconduct” - an allegation that puts your academic and professional career in jeopardy.
As a college student at Cabrini University, it's easy to get overwhelmed. You'll be assigned tons of homework, exams, projects, and presentations, leaving you to either sharpen your time management skills and adapt or struggle with completing it all. Unfortunately, the struggle to keep up with studies is the number one culprit behind academic misconduct charges.
In this article, we'll address how Cabrini University defines and handles academic misconduct, as well as why you need a student defense attorney to represent you throughout the school's processes.
Academic Honesty Violations
At Cabrini University there are a number of ways to constitute academic misconduct. These violations include but are not limited to the following examples:
- The presence of “cheat sheets” during an exam, test, or quiz
- Programming a calculator or other electronic device with information for an exam, test, or quiz
- Writing information on one's person or clothing
- Unauthorized collaboration with another student to share information in an exam or testing setting or during completion of a take-home assignment
- Glancing at another student's paper during an exam, test, or quiz
- Conversations during a testing setting
- Soliciting information regarding an exam or test from another student
- Obtaining an examination prior to its administration
- Submitting all or portions of a piece of written work using someone else's words or ideas (including material from an Internet site, material printed in a book or periodical, or another student's work) without appropriate or adequate use or quotation marks or citation
- Use of a source in a paper or presentation—using exact words or paraphrase—without citation
- Citation not correct or complete despite acknowledged use of a source
- Paraphrase that is too close to the wording in the original source
Information falsification or fabrication
- Falsification of research data
- False information regarding the time or date work was submitted, the fact of work having been submitted, or the reasons for missing an assignment or class meeting
- False information regarding another student
Theft or destruction of intellectual property
- Taking the work of another student without permission
- Taking the course materials from an instructor without permission
- Defacing or taking without permission academic materials including library resources, computer software, or laboratory materials
- Hindering other students, faculty, or staff from the use or access to Library or other academic materials
Facilitation of academic dishonesty
- Giving materials such as test or papers to another student without the professor's permission
- Helping another student obtain materials for cheating or plagiarism
- Discussing an exam or test with a student who has yet to take it without the professor's permission
This list is not exhaustive. Students should speak with a faculty member if they have any questions.
Cabrini University's Disciplinary's Process
It is entirely up to the faculty member to determine the appropriate process for adjudicating instances of academic misconduct. However, they follow certain guidelines.
For the first violation within a specific course, the faculty member will meet with or otherwise communicate to the student the charge of a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy, specifying the act and penalty. The faculty member will complete an academic honesty violation charge form, stating the violation and assigning a penalty based on University guidelines in this document.
A copy of the form should be given to the student and the student should sign and date the charge form and return it to the faculty member. If the student does not sign the form, the charge and penalty stand. The faculty member should retain a copy of the form and turn the original, signed form into the Office of Academic Affairs.
For the second violation in a given course, the faculty member will follow the same procedures as in the first incident but will assign a penalty of failure of the course without the privilege of withdrawal, regardless of the charge.
When the Office of Academic Affairs receives the Violation Charge Form, the existing Academic Honesty Violation files will be reviewed to determine if this is a second or subsequent violation of Cabrini policy by the student. That determination will be noted in the space provided on the Violation Charge form.
In cases where it is determined that the violation is a second of subsequent violation or a serious first offense, the Academic Honesty Violation Charge Form will be forwarded to the chair of the Academic Honesty Board for the scheduling of an Academic Honesty Board hearing.
The student may request a hearing before the Academic Honesty Board if he/she disagrees with the charge by indicating that option on the form. If the student requests a hearing, the request must be received by the Office of Academic Affairs within two weeks of the receipt of the Academic Honesty Charge Form by the student.
The student may also discuss the matter and options with a faculty ombudsperson selected by the Student Government Association. Attorneys are not present at hearings of the Academic Honesty Board. If two or more students are involved in the same academic dishonesty case, each student shall have a separate hearing.
In cases where the faculty member requests a hearing for a serious violation of academic dishonesty or after a student has two recorded violations of the Academic Honesty Policy, the student will be required to come before the Academic Honesty Board.
Hearings and appeals are scheduled as soon as possible after an Academic Honesty Violation Form or appeal is received. The student must be present at the hearing. The Board or student may request that the faculty member attend or the faculty member may choose to attend.
The student or faculty member may present evidence or documentation to support their positions. The Board will deliberate privately and render a decision based on a preponderance of the evidence presented.
If the Board decides that a violation has occurred, the penalty assigned by the faculty member will stand. In cases of a second or serious first violation, the Board will determine what additional University-level penalties, in any, will be imposed. The Academic Honesty Board's decision is final.
The following penalties may be imposed by the Academic Honesty Board for second or subsequent offenses or serious offenses.
- Oral or written reprimand
- Mandatory attendance at a day-long academic honesty workshop
- Presentations to students about academic honesty policies
- Notification of academic dishonesty will be indicated on a student's official record
Academic Integrity Advisor
An academic misconduct violation can jeopardize the academic and professional goals you or your college student have set. If you value the investment you've made into your education and your professional future, contacting a skilled student defense attorney is a must. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped students who've acquired serious academic misconduct charges recover from these allegations, and he can do the same for you. Contact him today at 888-535-3686 for more information.