Policy on Academic
Responsible Administrative
Integrity/Misconduct
Unit: Student Life


Policy Contact:
Revised: August 1, 2016 Dean of Students

DMorgan@mines.edu


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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) affirms the principle that all individuals associated
with the Mines academic community have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining,
and fostering an understanding and appreciation for academic integrity. In broad terms,
this implies protecting the environment of mutual trust within which scholarly exchange
occurs, supporting the ability of the faculty to fairly and effectively evaluate every
student’s academic achievements, and giving credence to the university’s educational
mission, its scholarly objectives, and the substance of the degrees it awards. The
protection of academic integrity requires there to be clear and consistent standards, as
well as confrontation and sanctions when individuals violate those standards. The
Colorado School of Mines desires an environment free of any and all forms of academic
misconduct and expects students to act with integrity at all times.


2.0
POLICY ON ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Academic misconduct is the intentional act of fraud, in which an individual seeks to claim
credit for the work and efforts of another without authorization, or uses unauthorized
materials or fabricated information in any academic exercise. Student Academic
Misconduct arises when a student violates the principle of academic integrity. Such
behavior erodes mutual trust, distorts the fair evaluation of academic achievements,
violates the ethical code of behavior upon which education and scholarship rest, and
undermines the credibility of the university. Because of the serious institutional and
individual ramifications, student misconduct arising from violations of academic integrity is
not tolerated at Mines. If a student is found to have engaged in such misconduct sanctions
such as change of a grade, loss of institutional privileges, or academic suspension or
dismissal may be imposed.

2.1
Forms of Misconduct. As a guide, some of the more common forms of academic
misconduct are noted below. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive; rather, the list is
illustrative of practices the Mines faculty have deemed inappropriate:

1. Dishonest Conduct - general conduct unbecoming a scholar. Examples
include issuing misleading statements; withholding pertinent information; not
fulfilling, in a timely fashion, previously agreed to projects or activities; and
verifying as true, things that are known to the student not to be true or verifiable.

2. Plagiarism - presenting the work of another as one’s own. This is usually
accomplished through the failure to acknowledge the borrowing of ideas, data, or the
words of others. Examples include submitting as one’s own work the work of another
student, a ghost writer, or a commercial writing service; quoting, either directly or
paraphrased, a source without appropriate acknowledgment; and using figures,
charts, graphs or facts without appropriate acknowledgment. Inadvertent or
unintentional misuse or appropriation of another’s work is nevertheless plagiarism.


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Policy on Academic
Responsible Administrative
Integrity/Misconduct
Unit: Student Life


Policy Contact:
Revised: August 1, 2016 Dean of Students

DMorgan@mines.edu


3. Falsification/Fabrication - inventing or altering information. Examples include
inventing or manipulating data or research procedures to report, suggest, or imply
that particular results were achieved from procedures when such procedures were
not actually undertaken or when such results were not actually supported by the
pertinent data; false citation of source materials; reporting false information about
practical, laboratory, or clinical experiences; submitting false excuses for absence,
tardiness, or missed deadlines; and, altering previously submitted examinations.

4. Tampering - interfering with, forging, altering or attempting to alter university
records, grades, assignments, or other documents without authorization. Examples
include using a computer or a false-written document to change a recorded grade;
altering, deleting, or manufacturing any academic record; and, gaining unauthorized
access to a university record by any means.

5. Cheating - using or attempting to use unauthorized materials or aid with the intent
of demonstrating academic performance through fraudulent means. Examples include
copying from another student’s paper or receiving unauthorized assistance on a
homework assignment, quiz, test, or examination; using books, notes or other
devices such as calculators, PDAs and cell phones, unless explicitly authorized;
acquiring without authorization a copy of the examination before the scheduled
examination; and copying reports, laboratory work or computer files from other
students. Authorized materials are those general y regarded as being appropriate in
an academic setting, unless specific exceptions have been articulated by the
instructor.

6. Impeding - negatively impacting the ability of other students to successfully
complete course or degree requirements. Examples include removing pages from
books and removing materials that are placed on reserve in the Library for general
use; failing to provide team members necessary materials or assistance; and,
knowingly disseminating false information about the nature of a test or
examination.

7. Sharing Work - giving or attempting to give unauthorized materials or aid to
another student. Examples include allowing another student to copy your work;
giving unauthorized assistance on a homework assignment, quiz, test or
examination; providing, without authorization, copies of examinations before the
scheduled examination; posting work on a website for others to see; and sharing
reports, laboratory work or computer files with other students.


3.0
PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESSING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Faculty members and thesis committees have discretion to address and resolve
misconduct matters in a manner that is commensurate with the infraction and consistent
with the values of the Institution. This includes imposition of appropriate academic
sanctions for students involved in academic misconduct. However, there needs to be a

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Policy on Academic
Responsible Administrative
Integrity/Misconduct
Unit: Student Life


Policy Contact:
Revised: August 1, 2016 Dean of Students

DMorgan@mines.edu


certain amount of consistency when handling such issues, so if a member of the Mines’
community has grounds for suspecting that a student or students have engaged in
academic misconduct, they have an obligation to act on this suspicion in an appropriate
fashion. The following procedure will be followed:

3.1
N o t i f y t h e S t u d e n t o f Al l e g a t i o n . The faculty member or thesis
committee informs the student(s) of the allegations and charge of academic misconduct
within ten (10) business days. This involves verbal communication with the student(s).
The faculty member/thesis committee must have a meeting with the student(s) regarding
the incident. This meeting allows the student the opportunity to give his/her perspective
prior to an official decision being made. It also allows the faculty member to have a
conversation with the student(s) to educate him/her on appropriate behavior.

3.2.
Actions Taken; Circumstances. The circumstances of the academic
misconduct dictate the process to be followed:

3.2.1
Regular Coursework. In the case of an allegation of academic
misconduct associated with regular coursework, if after talking with the
student, the faculty member feels thestudent is responsible for academic
misconduct the faculty member should:


Assign a grade of “F” in the course to the student(s) that committed
academic misconduct. A faculty member may impose a lesser penalty if
the circumstances warrant, however the typical sanction is a grade of “F”.
Contact the Dean of Students and his/her Department Head/Division
Director to officially report the violation in writing within five (5) business
days of the charge of academic misconduct.


The Dean of Students will communicate the final resolution in writing to the
student, the faculty member, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of
Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. The Dean of Students will also
keep official records on all students with academic misconduct violations.
o Prescribed disciplinary action for misconduct associated with regular
coursework:
1st Offense: - A grade of “F” in the course
2nd Offense: - A grade of “F” in the course
One-year academic suspension
Permanent notation of Academic Misconduct on the
student’s transcript

3.2.2
Activities Not Part of Regular Coursework. In the case of an allegation of
academic misconduct associated with activities not a part of regular
coursework (e.g., an allegation of cheating on a comprehensive examination), if
after talking with the student, faculty member(s) feel the student is responsible for
misconduct the faculty should:


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Policy on Academic
Responsible Administrative
Integrity/Misconduct
Unit: Student Life


Policy Contact:
Revised: August 1, 2016 Dean of Students

DMorgan@mines.edu




Assign an outcome to the activity that constitutes failure. If appropriate,
the student’s advisor may also assign a grade of “PRU” (unsatisfactory
progress) for research credits in which the student is enrolled. Regular
institutional procedures resulting from either of these outcomes are then
followed. Faculty members may impose a lesser penalty if the
circumstances warrant, however, the typical sanction is failure.


Contact the Dean of Students, Graduate Dean and the student’s Department
Head/Division Director to officially report the violation in writing within five (5)
business days of the charge of misconduct. The Dean of Students will
communicate the final resolution in writing to the student, the faculty
member, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the student’s advisor. The
Dean of Students will also keep official records on all students with academic
misconduct violations.

3.2.3
Research Activities. In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct
associated with research activities, investigation and resolution of the
misconduct is governed by the Institution’s Research Integrity Policy. The
Research Integrity Policy is available as section 10.3 of the Faculty Handbook. If,
after talking with the student, the faculty member feels the student is responsible
for misconduct of this type, the faculty member should proceed as indicted in the
Research Integrity Policy. If appropriate, the student’s advisor may also assign a
grade of “PRU” for research credits in which the student is enrolled. Regular
institutional procedures resulting from this grade assignment are then followed.

3.3
Student Reporting. Students who suspect other students of academic
misconduct should report the matter to the appropriate faculty member, the appropriate
Department Head/Division/Program Director, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the
Dean of Graduate Studies or the Dean of Students. The information is then provided to
the faculty member concerned.


4.0
REVIEW CYCLE AND HISTORY
This policy will be reviewed at least every two (2) years.

Updated June 30, 2012
Updated August 1, 2016 (titles, formatting, added review cycle & history)

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