Madison Area Technical College values the learning experience. To be successful, the learning experience requires trust between faculty and students, and adherence to standards of academic honesty and integrity. It is the intent and desire of the college that this integrity and trust be honored and protected.
To avoid academic misconduct it is important that students understand how it is defined and what is expected of students. It is also important that students know their rights when an allegation of academic misconduct is made. Every member of the college community has the right to expect that all students will be graded fairly, and every member of the college community has rights of due process if accused of academic misconduct. Members of the college community are obligated to conduct academic work with honesty and integrity according to institutional standards. For these reasons, it is important that each student:
BECOME FAMILIAR with the rules and consequences of academic misconduct.
ASK INSTRUCTORS if you are unaware or uncertain of what behaviors constitute academic misconduct (for example, how to cite from the web or whether it is permissible to work with another student on an assignment).
LET INSTRUCTORS KNOW if you believe you have witnessed an incident of academic misconduct. You may report your observations to your instructors without fear of retaliation.
BE AWARE that helping someone else cheat is a violation of the rules and may result in misconduct charges.
Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to acts in which:
A student uses unauthorized materials (notes, calculators, etc.) in any academic exercise;
A student forges or falsifies academic documents or records;
A student provides examination questions or answers to another person, or accepts examination questions or answers from another person;
A student copies the academic work of another student;
A student intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of another;
A student engages in conduct that misrepresents a student’s academic performance;
A student assists another student in any of the acts described in this section; or,
Any member of the college community assists or collaborates with a student in any of the acts described in this section.
These definitions apply to all academic work, including, but not limited to, all exams, essays, homework, performances, computer programs, projects, labs, tutoring and the like.
The following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for academic misconduct:
An oral reprimand;
A written reprimand presented only to the student;
An assignment to repeat the work to be graded on its merits;
A lower grade on the particular assignment or test;
A failing grade on the particular assignment or test;
A lower grade in the course;
A failing grade in the course;
Removal of the student from the course in progress;
Removal of the individual from the student help, lab, tutoring position, athletic team or other student-related activities; or,
Recommendation to the Academic Appeals Board for the suspension of the student from the institution.
One or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed in (1) through (10) above may be imposed for an incident of academic misconduct.
When an instructor suspects that a student or college member has engaged in academic misconduct, the instructor will investigate the matter in a timely manner. The instructor will communicate the basis of his or her suspicion to the student or college member, if at all possible, to afford that individual the opportunity to respond.
If, as a result of this investigation, the instructor determines that no academic misconduct occurred, the matter will be considered concluded.
If, as a result of investigation, the instructor determines that academic misconduct occurred, sanctions (1) through (4) (alone or in combination) may be imposed at the discretion of the instructor (see “Disciplinary Sanctions for Academic Misconduct”). The determination and sanctions must be communicated to the student or college member orally in the case of sanction (1) or by letter or email in the case of sanctions (2) through (4).
If the instructor determines that based on a reasonable assessment of the information available, academic misconduct occurred and sanctions (1) through (4) alone are inadequate or inappropriate to address the misconduct, the instructor may impose sanctions under (5) through (9). The instructor may also recommend suspension under sanction (10).
If the instructor determines that one or more of the sanctions listed at (5) through (9) should be imposed, the instructor must prepare a written report so informing the student or college member. The report will contain the following:
description of the misconduct and the basis for the determination;
identification of the sanction(s) recommended;
a notice of the student’s right to appeal the sanctions; and,
a copy of the "Procedures to Appeal Determination and/or Disciplinary Sanctions Due to Academic Misconduct".
The instructor will mail the report to the student in a timely manner using the college email system. The instructor will forward a copy of this report to the office of the Vice President for Student Development for inclusion in the student disciplinary file.
The student has the right to appeal the determination of academic misconduct and/or sanctions imposed. See “Procedures to Appeal Determination and/or Disciplinary Sanction Due to Academic Misconduct” below.