The University at Buffalo is one of the most prestigious schools in the State University of New York (SUNY). It consistently ranks as one of the top public universities in the country. As a premier research university, the University at Buffalo has high academic integrity standards.
The University at Buffalo students must abide by strict standards of behavior. To foster an environment of quality education, the University at Buffalo requires each student to acknowledge its Student Code of Conduct. When their conduct interferes with the educational process, students face disciplinary action and sanctions.
In this article, we'll review the University at Buffalo's academic integrity rules. We'll also discuss how the school responds to violations and how an attorney-advisor can help you if you face potential sanctions.
University at Buffalo's Academic Integrity Rules
The University at Buffalo considers academic integrity a fundamental value. Students are subject to university disciplinary proceedings when they interfere with the university's primary educational responsibility. According to UB Rules , this applies when students fail to “ensure all members of UB's community have the opportunity to attain their educational objectives in accordance with the SUNY mandate.”
Violations of this policy will result in an academic dishonesty charge. Academic dishonesty at The University at Buffalo includes but is not limited to the following acts:
- Aiding in academic dishonesty: Knowingly allowing another student to commit academic dishonesty. Examples include completing an assignment or exam for another student or stealing an exam or assignment from another student.
- Cheating: Unauthorized use of aid or assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or exams, writing papers, preparing reports, or carrying out course work. Stealing tests or academic material belonging to the course instructor.
- Falsifying academic materials: Submitting course work prepared by another person, resubmitting an exam or assignment without authorization, or fabricating lab materials or data.
- Misrepresenting documents: Forging, altering, or misusing documents, records, or identification.
- Plagiarizing: Copying material from a source and submitting it as one's own without citing/acknowledging the source.
- Purchasing academic assignments: Buying assignments to fulfill course requirements.
- Selling academic assignments: Selling assignments or providing inappropriate assistance on an assignment that fulfills course requirements by another person enrolled at the school.
- Submitting previously submitted work: Submitting academically required material that was already submitted wholly or in part without the consent of the instructor.
The University at Buffalo handles academic dishonesty violations through a process known as consultative resolution. This process provides instructors the opportunity to meet with students, discuss incidents, and decide on sanctions.
If an instructor believes a student committed academic dishonesty, they must notify the student within ten days. During the consultation, the instructor will review the Academic Integrity Policy and the alleged incident. The instructor can also require the student to resign from the course or assign an incomplete grade until they resolve the case.
If the instructor finds a student responsible for academic dishonesty, they can decide on a punishment. University at Buffalo instructors can select one or more of the following sanctions:
- Warning: written notice of the violation and indication that future violations will result in more severe sanctions.
- Revision of work: the student must replace or redo the work involved in the incident.
- Reduction of grade: lower the student's grade for the assignment, exam, or course.
- Failure in the course: automatic grade of “F” on the student's transcript.
For more serious matters, the Academic Integrity Office will recommend and approve additional sanctions. Examples of these sanctions include:
- Course failure, remediation required: The student receives a grade of “F” for the course and a notation of academic dishonesty on their transcript. This notation will remain on their transcript until they complete a remediation assignment. Failure to complete the assignment results in a permanent academic dishonesty notation on their transcript.
- Course failure with permanent academic dishonesty notation: The student receives a grade of “F” for the course and permanent academic dishonesty notations on their transcript with no possibility of removal.
- Suspension: Temporary suspension with the possibility of a permanent suspension notation on the student's transcript. This sanction requires review by the University President.
- Expulsion: Permanent expulsion and notation on the student's transcript. This sanction requires review by the University President.
Students may file an appeal to the Academic Integrity Office within ten academic days of the academic dishonesty decision. If you wish to file an appeal, you must write a letter with a statement of evidence, documents, and witnesses to support their position. If the university grants an appeal, you will go through a committee review.
Committee reviews provide students the chance to present their position and relevant information. The committee will either overturn the decision and sanctions, sustain the decision but not the sanctions, or sustain the decision and revise the sanctions.
Right to Due Process
Although The University at Buffalo's disciplinary proceedings does not mirror a court of law, the school does provide students with the right to due process. The school requires the elements of “fair play” during administrative proceedings.
Students accused of academic dishonesty will receive a clear statement of their charges. The university also provides them with the right to a fair hearing and the opportunity to present a defense. Disciplinary sanctions must be given only when the preponderance of evidence exists.
Instructors must also notify the student of the sanction, decision, and the right to appeal within ten academic days of the consultation meeting. First-time offenders also have the chance to complete a remediation assignment and remove violations from their student record.
Using an Attorney-Advisor
If you face academic dishonesty charges, you must fight back. An attorney-advisor can help you review your charges, prepare a defense, and push back against unsubstantiated claims. With such high stakes, you must use a student-defense attorney to navigate the complex disciplinary proceedings. An experienced lawyer will give you the best opportunity to clear your name and avoid damaging sanctions.
Are you dealing with academic dishonesty allegations? Joseph D. Lento is here to help. As an experienced attorney, he has worked tirelessly to defend students and achieve positive results in academic dishonesty matters. Contact the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 for more information.