For the first violation of the College's Honesty Policy, the faculty member will determine the appropriate penalty using guidelines set forth by Cabrini College. A student found by a faculty member to have two violations in the same course will fail the course without the privilege of withdrawal. For a second or subsequent violation during a student's academic career at Cabrini College, the Academic Honesty Board shall conduct a hearing.
Students have the right to request an Academic Honesty Board hearing to challenge the charge of violating the Academic Honesty Policy. If the Academic Honesty Board sustains the charge, the Board will not overturn the decision of the faculty member assigning the penalty at the course level. If the Academic Honesty Board overturns the charge, the penalty is removed and all records of the alleged violation destroyed.
Instances of academic dishonesty may be unrelated to a specific course. Any members of the administrative, teaching, or support staff may report such instances directly to the dean for academic affairs who will initiate an Academic Honesty Board hearing, if appropriate.
Faculty-Level Penalties (Assigned by Faculty for First Offenses) Depending on the nature of the violation, a faculty member will assign one of the following penalties:
Information falsification or fabrication
Theft or destruction of intellectual property
Facilitation of academic dishonesty
Charge, Hearing, and Appeal Procedures In the event that a student violates Academic Honesty Policy, the faculty member will follow College procedures: For a first violation within a specific course, the faculty member will meet with or otherwise communicate to the student the charge of a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy, specifying the act and penalty. The faculty member will complete an Academic Honesty Violation Charge Form, stating the violation and assigning a penalty based on College guidelines in this document. A copy of the form should be given to the student and the student should sign and date the charge form and return it to the faculty member. If the student does not sign the form, the charge and penalty stand. The faculty member should retain a copy of the form and turn the original, signed form into the Office of Academic Affairs.
For a second violation in a given course, the faculty member will follow the same procedures as in the first incident but will assign a penalty of failure of the course without privilege of withdrawal, regardless of the charge.
When the Office of Academic Affairs receives the Violation Charge Form, the existing Academic Honesty Violation files will be reviewed to determine if this is a second or subsequent violation of the College's policy by the student. That determination will be noted in the space provided on the Violation Charge Form. In cases where it is determined that the violation is a second of subsequent violation or a serious first offense, the Academic Honesty Violation Charge Form will be forwarded to the chair of the Academic Honesty Board for the scheduling of an Academic Honesty Board hearing.
The student may request a hearing before the Academic Honesty Board if he/she disagrees with the charge by indicating that option on the Form when submitting the Form to the Office of Academic Affairs. If the student requests a hearing, the request must be received by the Office of Academic Affairs within two weeks of the receipt of the Academic Honesty Charge Form by the student. The student may also discuss the matter and options with a faculty ombudsperson selected by the Student Government Association. Attorneys are not present at hearings of the Academic Honesty Board. If two or more students are involved in the same academic dishonesty case, each student shall have a separate hearing.
In cases where the faculty member requests a hearing for a serious violation of academic dishonesty or after a student has two recorded violations of the Academic Honesty Policy, the student will be required to come before the Academic Honesty Board.
Hearings and appeals are scheduled as soon as possible after a Violation Form or appeal is received. The student must be present at the hearing. The Board or student may request that the faculty member attend or the faculty member may choose to attend. The student or faculty member may present evidence or documentation to support their positions. The Board will deliberate privately and render a decision based on a preponderance of the evidence presented.
If the Board decides that a violation has occurred, the penalty assigned by the faculty member will stand. In cases of a second or serious first violation, the Board will determine what additional College-level penalties, in any, will be imposed. The Academic Honesty Board's decision is final. In cases when the penalty is suspension or expulsion, the Board consults with the vice president for academic affairs regarding the final decision.