Student Code of Conduct

Philosophy: Among the purposes of colleges and universities are scholarly and personal growth for all members of the academic community and open communication among members of this community. Such growth requires an atmosphere of honesty and trust. It is for this reason that the University of the Virgin Islands strives to maintain an environment of mutual trust among its students and faculty and will not tolerate academic dishonesty.

Definitions:

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples of offenses, committed or attempted:

  • Collaboration:  allowing another student to see an examination paper.
  • Copying: obtaining information by looking at the answers on another student’s paper or in any source that has not been specifically approved for that purpose by the instructor.
  • Cribbing: taking and/or using material, which has not been specifically approved, into an examination or using books, notes or other resources during an examination without the instructor’s specific approval.
  • Plagiarism: presenting, either intentionally or unintentionally, the ideas, works, words or artistry of another as one’s own without appropriate acknowledgment of the source. Note that this includes sources on the Internet (World Wide Web, e-mail, etc.)
  • Sabotage: destroying the work of another student, such as laboratory experiments or computer programs.
  • Substitution: taking an examination or writing a paper for someone else or inducing another person to perform such acts.
  • Theft:  stealing an examination.

 

Penalties: For a first offense, the penalty levied will be at the discretion of the professor and can include, for example, the options of:

1). Giving a student a zero on the assignment or portion of the assignment in which the event occurred.

2). Giving the student a reduced grade for the assignment and requiring the student to redo the work correctly.

3). Giving the student an “F” in the course. IF the infraction occurs after midterm, and IF the student decides to appeal, an Incomplete (“I”) will be recorded and subsequently changed to an “F” if the appeal is denied.

For a second offense, the penalty will be a grade of “F” in a credit course, or an “NP” in a skills course. If the infraction occurs after midterm, and if the student decides to appeal, an Incomplete (“I”) will be recorded and subsequently changed to an “F” if the appeal is denied.

For any third offense reported to the Office of the Provost, the penalty will be a grade of “F” in the course and suspension from the University for an academic year. The Office of the Provost will notify the Registrar of the suspension. The penalty for a fourth offense will be dismissal from the University. The Office of the Provost will notify the Registrar of the dismissal, which will then be noted on the student’s academic record.

No credit will be granted for non-course exercises such as the English Proficiency Examination, CLEP tests, etc. The Office of the Provost will be notified when such examples of academic dishonesty have occurred.

Procedures: In cases of suspected academic dishonesty, the faculty member making the charge will discuss privately with the student suspected of the action to discuss the charge within 10 business days of the detection of the incident and provide the student with any supportive information pertinent to the charge. Within five business days, the faculty member shall decide if disciplinary action is to be taken and, if so, shall notify the student, the appropriate Dean and the Office of the Provost, in writing of:

 

  1. The name of the
  2. The course or activity where the infraction is alleged to have
  3. The date and time of the alleged
  4. The circumstances of the stated infraction with supportive
  5. The action taken against the

 

Penalties for repeated offenses will be dealt with by the Provost.

Once the instructor decides to bring charges against the student, the Dean will have five days to give the student notice in writing of the charge(s) and of their opportunity to be heard. In this case, notice will be defined as a registered returned receipt mailing with the United States Postal Service addressed to the student at the address the student has identified as his or her home address. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a current address and outside email with the Access and Enrollment Services Office.

In each stage of this process where there is an allowable time period for an action to occur, if the academic term comes to an end before the allotted time frame has been met, the count will stop on the last day of the term in question and resume on the first day of the subsequent term.

Within 3 business days of the meeting with the instructor, the student may appeal, in writing, to the appropriate college or school Grievance Committee—composed of two students appointed by the campus Student Government Association president, one professional staff appointed by the Staff Council chair, and two faculty appointed by the college or school Dean—which will hold a hearing within 3 business days of receiving the student’s written appeal. The instructor making the charge of academic dishonesty and the student will be present at the hearing. The Committee will make its recommendations to the Provost within 5 business days of the hearing. The Provost’s decision will be final.

 

Students who are involved in an academic integrity grievance process will receive a grade of “Incomplete” until they have completed all steps in the grievance process they choose to pursue.