Academic Integrity

The practice of academic integrity to ensure the quality of education is the responsibility of each member of the education community at Azusa Pacific University. It is the policy of the university that academic work should represent the independent thought and activity of the individual student, and work that is borrowed from another source without attribution or used in an unauthorized way in an academic exercise is considered to be academic dishonesty that defrauds the work of others and the education system. Engaging in academic dishonesty in fulfillment of the requirements of an academic program is a serious offense for which a student may be disciplined or dismissed from a program.

Academic dishonesty includes:

  1. Cheating – Intentionally using, or attempting to use, unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
    1. Students completing any examination should assume that external assistance (e.g., books, notes, calculators, conversations with others) is prohibited, unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
    2. Students may not allow others to conduct research or prepare any work for them without advance authorization from the instructor.
    3. Substantial portions of the same academic work may not be submitted for credit in more than one course without authorization.
  2. Fabrication – Intentional falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  3. Facilitating academic dishonesty – Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  4. Plagiarism – Intentionally or carelessly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one’s own in any academic work or exercise.

Faculty members may impose sanctions on students in a particular course in documented cases of academic dishonesty, ranging from a zero on an assignment or exercise to a grade of F in the course, depending on the seriousness of the violation. The sanction may be specified in the course syllabus, or if the syllabus is not specific, the faculty member may use his or her discretion in assigning a sanction based upon the definition of academic dishonesty stated above. The faculty member will document the infraction and the sanction and report them in writing to the department chair within two weeks of the time the sanction is applied. Deans may further discipline students or expel them from their programs in documented cases of egregious or persistent violations. Academic integrity violations not directly connected to one class may be handled by the program director, department chair, or dean, as appropriate. Students wishing to appeal a sanction may follow the Graduate and Professional Student Grievance and Appeal Procedures.