Academic Integrity | Cincinnati Christian University

Academic Integrity

CCU students are expected to be honest and upright in all of their academic work. Academic
dishonesty is strictly prohibited. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited
to:
Plagiarism
Submitting any paper or portion of a paper, project or other academic assignment as your own
work, when it is not your work. It is stealing the ideas or words of another, whether another
student, a published source, or an Internet source—without documentation, and passing them off
as your own.
Cheating
 Reporting an assignment as fully completed when it is only partially completed;
 Group production of an assignment, unless specifically permitted by the professor;
 Giving or receiving confidential information on an assignment or test;
 Turning in a single assignment for two courses without the permission of the instructors
of both courses.
Dishonesty in Attendance
 Asking another student to call/sign your name on a class roll in your absence, or
calling/signing for another student who is absent;
 Calling/signing the class roll sheet with the intent of leaving immediately;
 Leaving a class without properly notifying the professor. Proper notification can be made
prior to the class session or before the next class session.
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Illegal Use or Removal of Library Materials
 Taking materials from the library without checking them out properly;
 Destroying or defacing library materials;
 Illegally reproducing copyrighted materials from the library, such as software or
videotapes.
Academic Integrity Investigation, Hearing, and Sentencing
The following steps will be followed in response to suspected academic dishonesty:
Academic Integrity Investigation Procedures
 The professor/library representative who suspects an academic integrity violation will
collect evidence.
 The professor/library representative will submit this evidence to the Registrar’s Office,
who will schedule a hearing with the student(s) and the Committee on Academic
Integrity (CAI), which is comprised of a faculty representative, at least 1 Academic Dean,
and a representative from Student Services. The date/time of the hearing will be based on
the schedules of the committee members and the student(s) involved.
 The Registrar’s Office will send the student, no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing,
the Academic Dishonesty Hearing Rights & Responsibilities email which includes:
o The date, time, and location of the hearing
o The hearing agenda
o The type of academic dishonesty being considered
o The class, if applicable, in which the academic dishonesty was discovered
o In instances in which the student wishes to waive the hearing by submitting a
written confession of academic dishonesty to the Registrar’s Office no later than
24 hours prior to the hearing, the Committee may request a meeting with the
student to discuss their decision.
Academic Integrity Hearing Procedures
 The Chair of the CAI will present the evidence submitted by the professor/library
representative.
 The student will be granted time to respond to the evidence.
 Each Committee member will be granted time to question the student.
 The student will be dismissed while the CAI deliberates, and, if the student is found
responsible, will decide on the appropriate penalty.
 The student will be called back to the hearing and the CAI Chair will inform the student
of the Committee’s decision.
Academic Integrity Sentencing Procedures
 If the CAI concludes that the evidence is insufficient, the Committee Chair will inform
the student and the professor/library representative to explain its reasoning.
 If the CAI concludes that the evidence is sufficient or the student confesses, the sentence
will be announced according to the following guidelines:
Penalties for Plagiarism, Cheating, and Dishonesty in Attendance
 First Offense at CCU: Failure of the assignment. In the case of dishonesty
in attendance, the student will be counted absent and charged with a first
offense.
 Second Offense at CCU: Failure of the course(s).
 Third Offense at CCU: Expulsion and loss of all academic credit for that
semester.
Penalties for Illegal Use or Removal of Library Materials
 The student will make restitution for any damaged or lost materials plus
any usual fees.
 Illegal removal of materials in conjunction with a class assignment will
result in automatic failure of the assignment.
 Illegal reproduction of copyrighted library materials (such as copying
videotapes or pirating software) will result in the confiscation of the
material, failure in the assignment for which the materials were used, and
possible civil litigation by the owner of the copyright.
 The student will be asked to sign a document verifying her or she understands the
penalty, and the document will be placed in the student’s official file in the Registrar’s
Office.
Academic Integrity Violation Appeal
 If the student believes that an error in procedure contributed to an incorrect ruling, a letter
of appeal may be submitted to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee via
the Registrar’s Office. The letter should outline the alleged procedural error. The appeal
is not an opportunity to have evidence reviewed.
 The CAO will review the appeal and determine whether or not it merits a new hearing.
The decision of the CAO is final.
 If a new hearing is not deemed necessary, the student will be alerted in writing.
 If a new hearing is determined to be necessary, the CAO will convene an ad hoc
committee to conduct the hearing and sentencing according to the Academic Integrity
Hearing and Sentencing Procedures. The student will be alerted in writing as to the date,
time and location of the new hearing