Just like the majority of the colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University's community has expectations of behaviors by which its participants are expected to abide. In academic environments comprised with scholars - students, instructors and researchers - these standards are referenced as academic integrity.
If you are a student at RMU and have been accused of breaching your school's academic policy, you should take these charges seriously. In the eyes of the institution, academic misconduct is one of the most serious actions that can be committed on campus. Academic communities thrive when academic integrity is practiced by each member. Once a person, especially a student, is proven to have displayed otherwise, an adversarial relationship between the school and a student is created.
In order to understand the gravity of an academic misconduct charge at RMU, you must grasp how the institution defines, constitutes, and ultimately remedies academic misconduct violations. For the purposes of this article, I will provide an overview of your school's academic integrity policies, and the processes for determining a finding of responsibility.
Robert Morris University's “Academic Integrity” Policy
Academic misconduct comes in various forms. RMU's student handbook splits these types of actions that constitute said misconduct into the following categories:
Plagiarism. There are many actions that fall under the realm of plagiarism. Basically, it's a failure of a person to properly acknowledge the ideas, words, and works - either in part or completely - of another author in their work. Plagiarism involves failing to cite source material that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized in an academic project, or si