According to its mission, Fontbonne University is committed to graduating global citizens who are prepared to think critically, act ethically, and assume responsibility as citizens and leaders. Fontbonne University expects the highest standards of integrity from its students.
A violation of academic integrity includes, but is not limited to, any act of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, dissimulation, and any act of aiding and abetting academic dishonesty. In cases where academic integrity is in question, the following definitions and policies will apply:
Cheating is a purposeful deception in the preparation and/or submission of papers and assignments and the taking of exams, tests, or quizzes.
Plagiarism is the representation of the words and ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism includes failing to give a citation for using work from another person or source. Modifications and rephrasing do not reduce the requirement for giving a citation. This also applies to information obtained electronically, such as from the Internet.
Fabrication is the deliberate falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise, including making up a source, giving an incorrect citation, or misquoting a source.
Dissimulation is the disguising or altering of one’s own actions with the intent to deceive another about the real nature of one's actions concerning an academic exercise. Examples include fabricating excuses for such things as missing classes, postponing tests, handing in late papers, and turning in a paper for one class that was originally written for another class (when original work is requested).
Individual instructors will set specific policies regarding academic integrity. In general, students may expect to receive a 0 on any assignment, exam, test, or quiz and perhaps fail a course when a violation of academic integrity has occurred.
Broader violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to:
Abuse of resources is the damaging of any resource material or inappropriately limiting access to resource material that is necessary for academic work. Abuse includes hiding library materials; removing non-circulating material from the library; hiding or stealing another person's textbook, notes, or software; and failure to return library materials when requested by the library.
Forgery of academic documents is the unauthorized changing or construction of any academic document, such as changing transcripts, changing grade books, changing grades on papers which have been returned, and forging signatures. Completion of an application for any academic program that omits or falsifies any requested information would be another example. Such violations can result in the revocation of the application even if approval was previously granted on the basis of fabricated information.
Sabotage is the damaging or impeding of the academic work of another student. Sabotage includes ruining another student's lab work or destroying another student' term paper.
Aiding and abetting academic dishonesty is knowingly facilitating any act defined above.
Violations of academic integrity have a broad impact on the university and will result in university review and action. Faculty who observe violations of academic integrity are asked to report all violations to the Office of Academic Affairs where records of violations will be maintained for five years. University review and action may include tutorials on the appropriate use of materials, academic probation, or expulsion, depending on the nature of the offense.
Specific procedures for disciplinary action are detailed in the Griffin Scratch and Fontbonne University Policy Manual, Volume VI.