Academic Honesty

Since Bethel University is a Christian academic community, its fundamental purpose is the pursuit of knowledge and the development of growing Christian persons. Essential to the success of this educational mission is a commitment to principles of ethical academic integrity. Every member of the university community is responsible for upholding the highest standards of honesty at all times. Students, as members of this community, are also responsible for adhering to the principles and spirit of academic honesty. Violation of honesty standards can result in denial of credit (U or F) in a course, as well as dismissal from the university. Penalties are given at the discretion of the faculty member, and offenders will be referred to the Associate Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Students charged with a violation have the right to appeal any disciplinary action. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs for details on the appeal process. The appeals process is as follows:

  1. As soon as possible following the disciplinary action in question, the student will seek to resolve the matter first with the instructor or with the party directly responsible for the decision, and then with the BUILD program director. (If the instructor is the BUILD program director, the student should contact the assistant dean of the Center for Access and Integration.
  2. If after talking with the instructor and the BUILD program director, the matter is not resolved, the student may appeal in writing to the assistant dean of the Center for Access and Integration. This written appeal must be received within three weeks of the decision or incident in question. 

Academic Honesty Violation Definitions 

Activities that have the effect or intention of interfering with education, pursuit of knowledge, or fair evaluation of a student’s performance are prohibited. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, the following definitions:

  1. Cheating - Using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, material, or study aids in examinations or other academic work. Example: using a cheat sheet on a quiz or exam.
  2. Plagiarism - Using the ideas, data, or language of another without specific and proper acknowledgement. Examples: misrepresenting another’s work (paper, lab report, article, or computer work) as one’s own original creation and submitting it for an assignment; using someone else’s ideas without attribution; failing to cite a reference or to use quotation marks where appropriate.
  3. Fabrication - Submitting contrived or altered information in any academic exercise. Examples: making up data for an experiment; fudging data, citing nonexistent resources, or padding bibliography.
  4. Multiple submission - Submitting, without prior permission, any work submitted to fulfill another academic requirement. Example: submitting the same paper for two different classes.
  5. Misrepresentation of academic records - Misrepresenting, tampering with, or attempting to tamper with any portion of a student’s academic record, either before or after coming to Bethel University. Example: entering an unauthorized change to a grade.
  6. Unfair advantage - Attempting to gain unauthorized advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise. Examples: gaining unauthorized access to examination materials (either past or present); obstructing or interfering with another student’s efforts in an academic exercise; misrepresenting the need for an absence or extension; continuing an exam beyond the prescribed time limit; destroying, hiding, removing, or keeping academic resources.
  7. Digital offenses - Unauthorized destruction, modification or duplication of digital assets. Examples: software piracy; hacking; constructing or utilizing viruses; knowingly introducing viruses into a system; copying programs and data belonging to others.  
  8. Facilitating academic dishonesty - Knowingly helping or attempting to help another violate any provision of this code. Example: unauthorized working together on a take-home exam or other individual assignment; sharing exam content with someone who has not yet taken the exam. 

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