La Salle University Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Procedures

La Salle University's “Academic Integrity” Policy

According to La Salle's student handbook, academic integrity is defined as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity.” Each member of the university is expected to routinely display these attributes, especially in their endeavors to complete and submit academic works. The handbook proceeds to mention that a breach of academic integrity invokes a lapse of trust - a condition that negatively impacts relationships in academic settings.

From this portion of the student handbook, an accused student can conclude that once academic misconduct allegations are made, the institution automatically assumes you are untrustworthy and forms an adversarial relationship with you. This means that you can't rely on a school to discover the truth, or even sympathize with you throughout these processes.

You may have made a genuine mistake, or were completely unaware that your actions were in violation of school policy. Unfortunately, being oblivious isn't regarded in these processes. Instructors are obligated to evaluate works that have been submitted, not what was intended to be submitted. If you accidentally submit an early draft of an essay without a bibliography, for example, you could still be accused and penalized for plagiarism - a form of academic misconduct - despite your intentions of submitting the finished product.

The handbook vaguely outlines the various forms of academic misconduct La Salle University students commonly commit. The following actions constitute academic misconduct:

Cheating. This is the act of wrongly using or attempting to use unauthorized materia