ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY

A. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

All SaigonTech students are expected to observe SaigonTech’s honesty and integrity policy both in and out of the classroom. Any student caught cheating, plagiarizing, or engaging in any other form of academic dishonesty… which includes, but is not limited to the following, will be subject to disciplinary action.

I. Cheating on a test or a preparation of academic work includes the following types of violations:

1.  Copying others’ assignments, tests, reports, or soft copy, data, listings, and/or programs; having translation tools translate own work in whole or in part;

2.  Using any materials or electronic devices during a test unless otherwise specified;

3.  Collaborating with any student during tests or in preparing academic work without authorization;

4. Recycling own work in whole or in part without proper acknowledgment, or submitting the same work to more than one class without the instructor’s prior approval;

5. Using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of an unadministered test; altering grades or academic records;

6. Taking tests for/ preparing academic work for another student, or having somebody take tests for/ prepare academic work for;

II. Plagiarism

Forms of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.  Turning in someone else’s work as your own;

2.  Copying someone else’s words or ideas without acknowledgement;

3.  Not putting quotation marks in a quotation;

4.  Giving incorrect source of a quotation;

5.  Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without acknowledgement;

6.  Borrowing someone else’s words/ or phrases without putting them between quotation marks, or slightly modifying them;

7.  Copying too many pieces or a source of different sources that it makes up the majority of your work even with acknowledgement.

Following is the guide of what material needs to be/not to be cited

Materials NOT requiring acknowledgment:

- Common knowledge

- Facts available in a wide variety of sources

- Your own findings from experiments or field research

- Your own experiences, insights, thoughts, reactions, or conclusions about a subject

Materials DO require acknowledgment:

- Direct quotation

- Facts that are not widely known or assertions that are arguable

- Judgments, claims, or opinions of others

- Statistics, images, charts, tables, graphs… from any source

III. Unauthorized access: (Having unauthorized individuals or organizations to access student  records without prior consent)

Examples of such violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Illegally accessing information of a student or faculty, transcripts, semester grades or class registration no matter whether hard or soft copies;

2. Presenting self as another student for any purposes;

3. Using a student’s ID card or electronic accounts to gain access to school services;

IV. Falsification

Any forgery, alteration, or misuse of academic documents, forms or records, in hard copy or electronic format.

V. Bribery

Offering money or any item or service to a faculty member or any other person to gain academic advantage for yourself or another.

 

B. SUGGESTIONS FOR LIMITING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

I. Students and faculty should initiate discussions that emphasize ethical and principled intellectual pursuit, consistent with the core values of the school, and denounce dishonest academic pursuits.

II. All faculty members are expected to include in their course syllabuses and make clear to all students in the first class meeting:

1. A statement of the application of the Academic Honesty Policy within their course;

2. A definition of plagiarism and proper citation consistent with the accepted;

3. A statement that every instance of dishonesty will be punished according to the disciplines;

III. Faculty members should exemplify the highest levels of academic honesty at all times;

IV. Students should observe and contribute to the prevention of academic dishonesty by reporting to the course instructor/ the Dean in case of any incidents of cheating.

 

   C. DISCIPLINES

I. Case (I) of section A: Cheating

  1. Violation (1), a zero mark for that test/assignment

  2. Violation (2), prohibition from the test and a zero mark for that test/assignment
  3. Violation (3), warning for the first offense, and a zero mark for that test/assignment from the second offense.
  4. Violation (4), a zero mark for that test/assignment in those classes.
  5. Violation (5) and (6), a failing grade in the course and a semester suspension

II. Case (II) of section A: Plagiarism

  1. Violation (1), a zero mark for that test/assignment for the first offense, a failing grade in the course from the second offense.
  2. Violation (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) and (7), a zero mark for that test/assignment.

III. Case (III) of section A: Unauthorized access

  1. A written warning and a record of academic dishonesty will be maintained in the student’s file
  2. School notification of the academic offense and the penalty
  3. A report sent to the student himself/herself and his/her /parents about the offense and the penalty.

And

  1. Violation (1) and (2), academic suspension from all campuses for one semester.
  2. Violation (3), denial of access to all SaigonTech’s facilities: labs, library, internet, dormitory, etc.

IV. Case (IV) of section A: Falsification

  1. A written warning and a record of academic dishonesty offense recorded in the student’s file
  2. School notification of the academic offense and the discipline
  3. A report to the student’s parents about his/her offense and the discipline
  4. Academic suspension from SaigonTech for one semester.

V. Case (V) of section A: Bribery

  1. The first offense: academic suspension from SaigonTech for one semester.
  2. The second offense: academic suspension from SaigonTech for less than an academic year (the summer semester included)
  3. The third offense, expulsion from SaigonTech

 

D. CONDUCT

Instructors are responsible for addressing offenses in cases of (I), Cheating and (II), Plagiarism of section A. The Registrar’s Office and the Chancellor (if necessary) are responsible for handling such offenses as (III), Unauthorized Access, (IV), Falsification and (V), Bribery of section A.

I. In case an instructor doubts that his/her student cheats, or plagiarizes, these steps are to be followed:

  1. Collects evidence of the offense (e.g.: Academic Dishonesty Report, sources or work for evidence of plagiarism, etc.).
  2. Imposes penalty/penalties according to items (I) and (II), Disciplines of section C.
  3. Gives one copy of the “Academic Dishonesty Report” to the Program Director and another to the Registrar’s Office, and informs the student of the discipline (via email or post).
  4. If the student denies guilt or disagrees with the sanction imposed, the instructor should confront the student with the charge and discuss the charge with the student.
  5. If no agreement is made, the student needs to make an appeal in writing to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office shall arrange a meeting including: the student, the instructor, a registrar, and the Program Director to discuss the charge. The decision of the Program Director is the ultimate decision.

II. Anyone who knows about offenses of cases (III), (IV) or (V) of section A should report to the Registrar’s Office immediately. The Registrar’s Office will then have the responsibility to report to the Chancellor. Depending on the severity of the offense and on the student’s past conduct record, proper disciplines will be decided.

In case there is complaint about the discipline imposed, the complaint will be forwarded in writing to the Chancellor. The decision of the Chancellor is the ultimate decision.

Related parties are required to strictly follow this procedure in handling any offense.

 

E. RECORDING

The Registrar’s Office will maintain a file of academic dishonesty incidents. These will be reported in a summary form (without student name or faculty mentioned) to the Program Directors at the end of each semester.

Acknowledgement:

This Academic Dishonesty Policy is compiled based on the following sources:

  • SaigonTech’s formal Scholastic Dishonesty Policy, released in 2002.
  • Other universities’ Academic Dishonesty Policy, especially that of the University of Central Oklahoma
  • www.turnitin.com for plagiarism