Pierpont Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend regularly the class and laboratory session of courses in which they are registered. Regular attendance is necessary to the successful completion of a course of study and is an integral part of a student's educational experience. On the first day of class contained within the syllabus each course will clearly state the attendance requirements and provide the penalties associated with nonattendance.

School of Health Careers Attendance Policy: Students are required to attend all class meetings as defined in the course syllabus.  Students missing 10% of the class meetings will receive a written warning.  Students missing 20% or greater will be asked to withdraw from the course or earn a final grade of “F”.  

Academic Dishonesty Policy: Academic dishonesty is defined to include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

1. Plagiarism is defined in terms of proscribed acts. Students are expected to understand that such practices constitute academic dishonesty regardless of motive. Those who deny deceitful intent, claim not to have known that the act constituted plagiarism, or maintain that what they did was inadvertent are nevertheless subject to penalties when plagiarism has been confirmed. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, submitting, without appropriate acknowledgment, a report, notebook, speech, outline, theme, thesis, dissertation, or other written, electronic, visual, or oral material that has been copied in whole or in part from the work of others, whether such source is published or not, including, but not limited to, another individual’s academic composition, compilation, or other product, or commercially prepared paper.

2. Cheating and dishonest practices in connection with examinations, quizzes, papers, and projects, include, but are not limited to:

1. Obtaining help from another student during any graded assignment (including but not limited to   examinations, quizzes, and on-line assignments).

2.Knowingly giving help to another student during any graded assignment (including but not limited to examinations, quizzes, and on-line assignments), taking an examination or doing academic work for another student, or providing one’s own work for another student to copy and submit as his or her own.

3. The unauthorized use of notes, books, or other sources of information (including cell phones) during examinations.

4. Obtaining an examination or any part thereof without authorization.

3. Forgery, misrepresentation, or fraud includes, but is not limited to:

1. Forging or altering, or causing to be altered, the record of any grade in a grade book or other educational record.

2. Use of documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.

3. Knowingly presenting false data or intentionally misrepresenting one’s records for personal gain.

5. Knowingly furnishing the results of research projects or experiments for the inclusion in another’s work without proper citation.

6. Knowingly furnishing false statements in any academic proceeding.

Process to Initiate a Charge of Academic Dishonesty: To initiate and process a charge of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, cheating, and academic fraud, and/or to begin the process of issuing sanctions/punishment, the instructor must do the following:

1. Notify the student in writing of the charge and the penalty and schedule a conference within five academic days of discovering the infraction.

2. Meet with the student to discuss the issue, to present evidence, to review all relevant materials, to give the student opportunity for rebuttal, and to complete the Notification of Academic Misconduct  (NAM) form as soon as possible but no longer than five academic days following the discovery of the violation.

3. Responsibility/Resolution

1. If the student accepts responsibility for both the charge and the sanctions, he or she signs the misconduct form and the case is closed. Within five academic days of resolution of the case, faculty should make three copies of the NAM form: one for the student, one for faculty records, and one for the Office of the Provost.

2. If the student does not accept responsibility as charged, he or she may appeal to the Dean of the program. If the student and chair reach a resolution, the chair should make three copies of the NAM form: one for the student, one for departmental records, and one for the Office of Provost. These copies should be distributed within five academic days of resolution of the case.

3. If the student and the chair do not reach a resolution, the student may appeal to the Student Conduct Board. This appeal must be initiated within five academic days of the student’s meeting with the Dean.

4. If the student appeals to the Student Conduct Board, the assigned panel will examine the case, and a decision will be reached.

5. If the student disagrees with the decision of the Student Conduct Board, he or she may appeal to the Provost, whose decision is final.

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