Academic honesty is essential to the existence and integrity of an academic institution. The responsibility for maintaining that integrity is shared by all members of the academic community. To further serve this end, the University supports a Student Code of Conduct which addresses the issue of academic dishonesty. The Student Code of Conduct can be found on Student Affairs website at If you any concerns about the academic honesty of students in your course you should contact the Department Chair or Assistant Chair immediately.

Child, Youth & Family Studies has an Academic Integrity document. This should be posted on your Blackboard site and referenced in your syllabus.

In cases where an instructor finds that a student has committed any act of academic dishonesty, the instructor may in the exercise of his/her professional judgment impose an academic sanction as severe as giving the student a failing grade in the course. Before imposing an academic sanction the instructor shall first attempt to discuss the matter with the student. If deemed necessary by either the instructor or the student, the matter may be brought to the attention of the student’s major advisor, the instructor’s department chairperson or head, or the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. When an academic sanction is imposed which causes a student to receive a lowered course grade, the instructor shall make a report in writing of the facts of the case and the academic sanction imposed against the student to the instructor’s department chairperson or head and to the Judicial Officer. The student shall be provided with a copy of this report. Further, the instructor may recommend the institution of disciplinary proceedings against the student for violation of this Code, if the instructor in the exercise of his/her professional judgment believes such action is warranted.

Any questions regarding the procedures for handling incidents of academic dishonesty may be directed to the Director of Student Judicial Affairs, 106 Administration Building, 472-2021, who is primarily responsible for administering the Student Code of Conduct.

In addition to currently established procedures, the Academic Senate has passed a resolution which would, in proven cases of academic dishonesty, prevent a student from dropping the course during the first eight weeks of the semester. If the student has already dropped the course, the instructor would have the right to add the name of the student back to the Final Grade Roster and give the student the appropriate grade.