University Policy on Academic Standards and Cheating

All UMass students may not solicit or use unauthorized material or assistance for their own benefit and may not offer or give such assistance to another student. Every written report or similar class assignment must indicate fully the sources from which the information used is obtained, and any verbatim quotations or paraphrases must be clearly indicated as such and properly credited to the source from which they were extracted or adapted. Academic dishonesty may also involve cheating or plagiarism. Cheating is defined as the use of illegal techniques (slips, copying, signs, etc.) to convey or receive answers during examinations.

Plagiarism is described and defined in the link below Taken from http://www.umb.edu/academics/vpass/undergraduate_studies/writing_proficiency/advice_students/

Academic Dishonesty Procedures

1. Prior to reporting a suspicion of academic dishonesty, the faculty member may discuss the matter with the student and/or the faculty member's chair (in cases involving undergraduate students) or graduate program director (in cases involving graduate students), or otherwise investigate the circumstances of the alleged violation. If, after such consultation and investigation, the faculty member determines that academic dishonesty did not, in fact, occur, no formal charge of academic dishonesty will be made.

2. To initiate formal proceedings, a faculty member who suspects a student of academic dishonesty must inform the student in writing of that fact within ten (10) business days of the discovery of the alleged violation. Such written notice should inform the student of the factual basis for the charge, and the specific sanctions the faculty member proposes to impose and any University Sanctions he/she may recommend to the Director of Undergraduate Education or the Dean of Graduate Studies, as appropriate. The letter should also inform the student that s/he may be subject to University Sanctions imposed directly by the Dean/Director beyond those recommended by the faculty member. The faculty member shall offer to meet with the student and the faculty member's chair (in cases involving undergraduate students) or graduate program director (in cases involving graduate students), to discuss the case. No more than ten (10) business days after meeting (or offering to meet) with the student, the faculty member may impose penalties within his/her purview, and so inform the Director/Dean. If, upon meeting with the student, the faculty member determines that the student did not commit academic dishonesty, s/he will so inform the student and Director/Dean in writing. If no penalty has been imposed within the specified timeframe, the charges shall be considered dropped.

All correspondence concerning an allegation of academic dishonesty should be copied to the faculty member's department chair (for undergraduates) or the faculty member's graduate program director (for graduate students), the faculty member's collegiate dean, the Director of Undergraduate Education or the Dean of Graduate Studies, depending on whether the student is an undergraduate or graduate student, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The chair/graduate program director and/or relevant collegiate dean(s) may, at their option, consult with the faculty member and/or student, review the case and make separate recommendations to the Director/Dean regarding University sanctions.

3. Academic dishonesty by graduate students lies primarily within the purview of the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will determine whether University sanctions should be applied in a particular case. The Dean's decision will be informed by any recommendations made by the student's graduate program director and/or collegiate dean. Academic dishonesty by undergraduate students lies primarily within the purview of the collegiate deans. For the purposes of these procedures, the collegiate deans delegate responsibility for determining whether University sanctions should be applied in a particular case to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Director's decision will be informed by any recommendation made by the faculty member's chair and will be made in consultation with the collegiate dean(s) involved; it is further subject to review and revision by the faculty member's collegiate dean. Within (10) ten business days of the notification of the faculty member's imposition of sanctions, the Director/Dean will review the case. In doing so, s/he may choose to interview or question the parties involved or otherwise investigate the case. The purpose of this review is to consider the imposition of University sanctions. At the end of this review, the Director/Dean may impose additional University Sanctions, including but not limited to those listed in VII for misconduct. University Sanctions will normally be imposed for violations of an especially serious nature or in cases of repeat offense.

4. Within (10) ten business days of the Director/Dean's imposition of University Sanctions, or (10) ten business days of the expiration of the period of time available to the Director/Dean to impose such sanctions, whichever comes first, the student may submit an appeal in writing to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, copying the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost will convene an Appeal Panel, consisting of 3-4 faculty members and 2 students from the standing-membership of the Joint Discipline and Grievance Committee and instruct the Panel to review the case by convening a hearing. At this hearing, at which, at minimum, the panel will interview and question the student and faculty member. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost will appoint a member of the panel to serve as the Chair.

5. Within (10) ten business days after completion of its hearing and review, the Panel will make a report of its findings and recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs /Provost. Within (5) five business days of receiving this report, the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will uphold, reverse, or modify the faculty member's and Director/Dean's decisions. Modifications may include any of the sanctions listed in VII c for misconduct. The decision of the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the final University disposition of the matter and is not subject to further appeal, except in cases of expulsion. Expulsions may be appealed to the Chancellor within 10 business days of the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs' decision to expel. Academic Dishonesty Sanctions Sanctions to be imposed by faculty members may include one or more of the following: a. Failure in the assignment in which the infraction occurred. b. Forced withdrawal: the student is required to withdraw from the course. A grade of W will appear on the transcript, and no refunds of tuition, fees, or other charges will be made. c. Failure in the course or competency in which the infraction occurred. d. Recommendation of additional Sanctions: The faculty member, in cases of an especially serious nature, may recommend to the Director/Dean the imposition of additional penalties, including those listed in VII c for misconduct. Sanctions to be imposed by the Director of Undergraduate Education and/or the Dean of Graduate Studies are University Sanctions and are described in detail in the University/ Misconduct Sanctions section (§VII c) of this Code. Taken from http://www.umb.edu/life_on_campus/policies/