The Academic Integrity Handbook

Academic Integrity at Roanoke College 

Roanoke College is committed to the maintenance of the highest possible standards of academic integrity among all of its constituents. To promote an atmosphere conducive to a free quest for intellectual fulfillment, the administration, staff, students, and the faculty have the responsibility and the obligation to adhere to and to enforce the standards of the academic integrity policy as defined and outlined in the brochure Academic Integrity at Roanoke College. Before beginning their course work at Roanoke, students are required to make a commitment to support this policy and to work fully with the campus community in sustaining the academic integrity of Roanoke College.

There will be those individuals who violate the governing principles which this institution has adopted for the independent search for knowledge. When such violations are suspected, it is the duty of the institution's members to report those who are suspected of such acts. While striving to sustain a consistently high level of academic integrity, Roanoke College also strives to ensure due process to all who have been charged with academic integrity violations. No one person has the right to assume the enforcement of this policy; thus, each person charged with a violation, as well as each person bringing a charge, has the right to a full hearing. The Academic Integrity Council consists of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration, members of the faculty and professional staff appointed by the President, and student members elected annually by the student body. Members of the Council are chosen for Academic Integrity Panels and Academic Integrity Boards, which hear all cases involving charges of violations of academic integrity.

Violations include cheating in any form; plagiarizing; lying in direct association with academic matters or during the process of an academic integrity hearing or investigation; unauthorized use of an electronic device during a testing period; impeding an investigation; denying access to academic materials; or other actions that violate student regulations or public statutes for the purpose of committing or supporting an academic integrity violation. Penalties, which vary according to the severity of the violation and the circumstances of the case, include the grade F in the course (the usual minimum penalty); the grade XF (academic integrity failure); and Academic Integrity Probation, Suspension, and Expulsion. The Academic Integrity at Roanoke College brochure should be consulted for complete details concerning the College's academic integrity system.

It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the regulations and procedures of the system immediately upon enrollment. To assist students in meeting this responsibility, all students are required to attend an Academic Integrity session during their first semester. The brochure Academic Integrity at Roanoke College is available electronically (see link above), and all students must complete an Academic Integrity Module prior to registering for their second semester. Questions concerning the Academic Integrity System should be addressed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration.

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