Academic Integrity

The Academic Integrity Office (AIO) at SU

Supporting Faculty, Students and Staff

The AIO works with faculty, instructors, students, & staff to promote understanding of SU’s academic integrity policy and coordinate its administration. The office also maintains records of all academic integrity cases.

  • Why and when was the AIO created? SU adopted a university-wide academic integrity policy in 2006.¹ The policy (revised in 2008 and 2011) established the AIO to implement and support the university’s academic integrity policies and procedures.
  • How does the AIO make students aware of SU’s Academic Integrity (AI) policy? Incoming 1st-year and transfer students must complete an online unit describing SU’s AI expectations before registering for their 2nd semester. Returning undergraduate and graduate students must open a summary of SU’s AI expectations in MySlice twice a year and provide their electronic signature agreeing to uphold the AI policy.
  • How does the AIO inform students, faculty and staff about new initiatives and ongoing programs? Resources for teaching and understanding AI expectations and for reporting and responding to AI charges are posted under the Academic Integrity tab on the top, or on the left sidebar of this page.
  • How does the AIO support faculty in promoting academic integrity on campus? AIO staff create online resources for classroom use, join faculty in making AI presentations in schools and colleges, and are available for consultation about AI cases and questions.
  • What role does the AIO play in AI cases? Most cases are reported by faculty and instructors via an online reporting system the AIO maintains in MySlice. Students and other SU community members are encouraged to report possible violations by calling or emailing the AIO. AIO staff work with the Academic Integrity Coordinator of each school or college to assemble case material and notify students of AI charges.
  • How does the AIO support students charged with AI violations? The AIO notifies students of resources and advising available to them and informs them of their appeal rights. Students may also consult with AIO staff on an individual basis.
  • How many cases does the AIO receive? In 2013-14, the AIO received 220 new cases. Of these, 191 were resolved that year (185 upheld, 6 overturned on appeal), and 27 occurring late in the year were scheduled for hearings in 2014-15.²

New Academic Integrity Policy to Go Into Effect

January 1, 2017

 

Updated December 8, 2016

Proposed revisions to the University’s Academic Integrity Policy have been approved by the Chancellor’s Executive Team with the support of the University Senate. The changes will go into effect January 1.

Based on the recommendations of an university-wide advisory committee including faculty, students, and staff, the revisions are designed to increase the fairness, effectiveness, consistency, and efficiency of the policy.

The approved revisions to the policy:

  • Create a single charge of “Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy”
  • Classify three levels of violation, as outlined in the Violation and Sanction Classification Rubric, with corresponding levels of school and college non-grade sanctions
  • Increase faculty authority over grade-related sanctions
  • Establish standing school and college academic integrity panels to oversee academic integrity matters within and among the schools and colleges
  • Expand options for case resolution so that straightforward charges may be resolved more expeditiously and more resources may be devoted to complex cases
  • Locate appeals processes and final decisions with the schools and colleges