2. E. 3. The institution has and enforces policies on academic honesty and integrity.
Academic honesty and integrity are addressed in the Miller College Policy Manual, Student Handbook, and every syllabus for every course taken at Miller College. In addition, faculty are encouraged to cover this syllabus material on the first day of every class.
The College’s position is that academic dishonesty is a breach of ethical conduct. The policy provides ten procedures for appropriate ways to use the ideas and works of others. This guidance also provides explicit examples of cheating, denying others to access to information or material, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism. Procedures are in place to take action whenever a faculty member has reason to believe a student should be charged with academic dishonesty. These procedures include talking to the student, penalties when guilt is admitted, process for appeal by the student, establishment of an Academic Disciplinary Committee, and notification of the results of the appeal. A procedure is also in place to identify and track students who commit multiple acts of academic dishonesty (See Student Handbook – Academic Dishonesty Policy).
All new students are encouraged to attend an orientation with the admissions staff. This program introduces students to the student handbook which covers all policies and procedures students are expected to know, including grievance policies. The student handbook outlines the procedures including the timelines for students to file complaints against faculty, staff, administrators or practices and policies of the College. The student handbook clearly states the steps required to address grade change requests and procedures to challenge a grade (See Student Handbook pg. 14). The handbook also addresses the procedures for filing complaints against a student for violation of the student code of conduct, academic honesty, harassment, and violence (See Student Handbook pg. 13). The Binda School of Education has additional policies in place for student interns and field experiences.
The Business Office maintains communication with students about fees, tuition increases, and payment procedures. The ADA disclaimer statement appears on all documents as well as the College web site. Junior Seminar, one of the first courses a student is encouraged to take, requires the student to begin their electronic portfolio, work with their faculty advisor to prepare a plan to complete their program, and learn the APA style of writing. At the end of their program, students finalize their electronic portfolio which includes the self-reported service learning experiences.
The Robert B. Miller College provides effective oversight and support services to ensure the integrity of research and scholarly practice conducted by students, faculty, and staff. Students are guided in the ethical use of information resources. The College publishes and enforces the academic honesty policy.
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