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UH AcademicHonesty Policies

UH AcademicHonesty Policies

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11
 Academic Policies
 ACADEMIC ACTION
Dean’s List 
The Dean’s List is compiled each semester by the colleges. Toqualify for this recognition, undergraduate students must earna 3.50 minimum grade point average (the grade of S is notcounted) on nine or more semester hours completed during thesemester. The Cullen College of Engineering requires a 3.50or better on a minimum of 12 semester hours. Students whoearn a grade of I (except in a senior honors thesis course), D, F,or U during the semester are excluded from consideration forthe Dean’s List. Some colleges have additional requirements.For additional information, consult the catalog for the college of major or contact the office of the Dean.
Notice
Freshmen who earn less than a 2.00 GPA in the first long semester (i.e., Fall or Spring) of enrollment at the Universityof Houston will be placed on Academic Notice. Students on Academic Notice are not on Academic Probation and cannotbe suspended. Students on Academic Notice must be advisedby the UScholars College Success Program and their majordepartment.
Probation
Students failing to maintain a minimum 2.00 cumula-tive GPA requirement are placed on Academic Probation.Undergraduate students may be removed from AcademicProbation at the close of the semester in which their cumu-lative GPA is 2.00 or higher. Freshman and sophomore stu-dents on Academic Probation are urged to seek advising intheir major department. They may also consult the advisorsin UScholars.
Suspension
Undergraduate students failing to maintain a 2.00 semesterGPA in any semester while on Academic Probation will be sus-pended. The first academic suspension is for a period of at leastone semester. The second academic suspension is for a periodof at least 12 months. After their third academic suspension,students are ineligible to enroll at the University of Houston.Readmission from academic suspension is neither automaticnor guaranteed. For an explanation of the readmission process,please refer to the
Undergraduate Studies
catalog.
 
 ACADEMIC ADVISING
 Academic advising is necessary to ensure that newly admit-ted students are in compliance with university policies and aremaking appropriate decisions about their academic programs.Undergraduate Scholars at UH (UScholars) Academic Advising provides advising services for undeclared students as well asassistance in making an informed decision about a major fieldof study. All UScholars students admitted to UH on or afterFall 2010 are required to declare a major no later than by the30th hour (first year). Students in the major can take advan-tage of advising services offered through the college or depart-ment of their major. However, UScholars provides TSI advising for all undergraduate students at UH.For advising information, new undergraduate studentsshould contact the college or department of their major or theUScholars Academic Advising, 56 University Libraries,832-842-2100.
 ACADEMIC HONESTY *
* Please check the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs forthe most current versions of the Academic Honesty policiesUndergraduate: www.uh.edu/academics/catalog/policies/academ-reg/academic-honesty/index.phpGraduate: www.uh.edu/grad_catalog/garr/index.php
 Article 1. General Provisions 
1.01 Rationale.
The university can best function andaccomplish its objectives in an atmosphere of highethical standards. It expects and encourages allstudents, faculty and staff to contribute to such anatmosphere in every way possible and especially byobserving all accepted principles of academic hones-ty. It is recognized, however, that a large universitywill include a few students who do not understand,appreciate, and practice these principles. As a con-sequence, alleged cases of academic dishonesty willinevitably occur, and students will be accused. Thefollowing procedures are designed to handle thesecases in fairness to all concerned: the accused stu-dent, the faculty, and the university. 
1.02 General Jurisdiction.
Matters relating to aca-demic honesty are within the general jurisdiction of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs andProvost. Allegations of scientific misconduct againststudents engaged in research supported by funding from the university or other sources will be handledaccording to the University of Houston EthicalConduct in Academic Research and Scholarship Policy(contact the Division of Research at 713-743-9021 fora paper copy or at www.research.uh.edu on the WorldWide Web).
1.03 College with Jurisdiction.
Specific jurisdictionin academic honesty matters rests in each school orcollege of the university. The school or college with jurisdiction is determined by the course in whichdishonesty occurs. If the student involved majorsin a college other than that offering the course,the college offering the course has jurisdiction,but the Dean of the student’s major college will beinformed. If the college with jurisdiction cannotbe determined from the relationship between thealleged actions of a student or group of studentsand a particular course, then the Provost will desig-nate which has jurisdiction. 
1.04 Colleges to which the Policy Applies.
The policyon academic honesty applies to all colleges withinthe university. However, any college may presentto the Provost a code separate from this universitypolicy. After approval by the Provost, and after suchpublication as the Provost shall direct, academichonesty matters over which that college has juris-diction shall be governed by that code. Honor sys-tems within the professional colleges are especiallyencouraged. 
1.05 Questions Regarding Applicability of Policies.
All questions regarding the applicabilityof college codes or university policy or specialprovisions of either shall be determined finally bythe Provost.
 
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1.06 Compass of Actions Taken Against Students.
 Actions taken against students are university-widein their effect. 
1.07 Faculty Responsibility.
Faculty have theresponsibility of reporting incidents of allegedacademic dishonesty through their departmentchair to their Dean. 
1.08 Student Responsibility.
Students shall have theresponsibility of reporting incidents of alleged aca-demic dishonesty to the instructor involved, or tothe appropriate authority if the alleged act is notassociated with a specific class. 
1.09 Purpose of Procedures.
The purpose of theseprocedures is to provide for the orderly administra-tion of the Academic Honesty Policy consistent withthe principles of due process of law. Reasonabledeviations from these procedures will not invalidatea decision or proceeding unless the Provost deter-mines, upon written appeal from the accusing and/ or accused parties, that it will result in prejudice toone or more of the parties involved. 
1.10 Instructor Responsibility
. Instructors shall havethe responsibility of taking action with respect toincidents of alleged academic dishonesty in accordwith this Academic Honesty Policy. 
1.11 Definitions.
 
1.11.01 Class Day.
Class days, for purposes of thispolicy, are defined as days the universityis open and classes are meeting (excluding Saturdays).
1.11.02 Internal Use.
Internal use defines whohas access to a student’s records. Recordsfor internal use will be released only toUniversity of Houston officials who have aneducational need to know the information. 
1.11.03 Permanent Record.
Permanent recordincludes documents, forms, copies, reports,statements, tape recordings, etc. thatare acquired while a student attends theUniversity of Houston. The information isavailable to outside sources according tothe procedures established by the FamilyEducation Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. 
1.11.04 Sanction.
Sanction means the penaltyassessed for a violation of the AcademicHonesty Policy. 
1.11.05 Instructor.
Instructor refers to a facultymember, lecturer, teaching assistant,or teaching fellow in charge of the sec-tion in which an alleged violation of this Academic Honesty Policy has occurred.Such individuals will normally be theinstructor of record of the course sectionin question. In instances where this isnot the case, instances of alleged cheating should be reported to the supervisor (e.g.,laboratory supervisor) of the instructor aswell as the chair. 
1.11.06 Chair.
Chair refers either to the chair of the department responsible for the coursein which an alleged violation of the aca-demic honesty policy occurs or to his/herdesignated representative. If the collegeresponsible for the course in question doesnot have individual departments, Chair asused below shall refer to the individual des-ignated by the Dean of the college to act ashearing officer in academic honesty cases. 
1.11.07 Dean.
Dean refers to either the Dean of the college containing the departmentoffering the course in which the alleged violation of the academic honesty policyoccurs or to his/her designated representa-tive (Hearing Officer). 
1.11.08 Student.
Student refers to any individualwho has ever registered and paid (madea complete payment or has made at leastone installment payment) for a course, orcourses at the University of Houston. Thisdefinition would normally include under-graduates, graduates, postbaccalaureates,professional school students and individu-als auditing courses. 
1.12 Notification.
All required written notices shall beaddressed to the student at his/her local addressas it appears on University of Houston recordsand deposited in the U.S. mail. A notice properlyaddressed and so deposited shall be presumed tohave been received by the student. It is the respon-sibility of the student to inform the university of achange of address in a timely manner so that uni- versity records can be accurately maintained.
 Article 2. Preventive Practices 
 
2.01 Preventive Measures.
Instructors can help stu-dents comply with the academic honesty policy byminimizing temptation to act dishonestly. Measuresinstructors should consider are:a. Maintaining adequate security precautions inthe preparation and handling of tests;b. Structuring the type and sequence of examina-tion questions so as to discourage dishonesty;c. Providing ample room for proper spacing of stu-dents during examinations, if room is available;andd. Monitoring examinations, especially in largeclasses and in classes where not all studentsare known to the instructor or the assistant;e. Making clear to their students, in writing, whatconstitutes academic dishonesty, particularly inthose classes where group activities (laboratoryexercises, generation of field reports, etc.) arepart of the instructional process;f. Requiring students to show a picture ID andsign major assignments and exams;g. Helping raise consciousness of the issue of aca-demic honesty by asking students to sign anhonor pledge in the first week of class and towrite a short pledge in their own hand on theirmajor assignments.
 Article 3. Categories of Academic Dishonesty 
 
3.01 Application of the Academic Honesty Policy.
 This policy applies only to those acts of dishonestyperformed while the student is enrolled in the uni- versity.
 
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3.02 Academic Dishonesty Prohibited.
“Academic dis-honesty” means employing a method or technique orengaging in conduct in an academic endeavor thatthe student knows or should know is not permittedby the university or a course instructor to fulfill aca-demic requirements. Academic dishonesty includes,but is not limited to, the following:a. Stealing, as theft of tests or grade books, fromfaculty offices or elsewhere; this includes theremoval of items posted for use by the students.b. Using “crib notes,” as unauthorized use of notesor the like to aid in answering questions during an examination;c. Securing another to take a test in the stu-dent’s place; both the student taking the testfor another and the student registered in thecourse are at fault;d. Representing as one’s own work the work of another without acknowledging the source(plagiarism). This would include submitting substantially identical laboratory reports orother materials in fulfillment of an assignmentby two or more individuals, whether or notthese used common data or other information,unless this has been specifically permitted bythe instructor.e. Changing answers or grades on a test that hasbeen returned to a student in an attempt toclaim instructor error;f. Giving or receiving unauthorized aid during an examination, such as trading examinations,whispering answers, and passing notes, andusing electronic devices to transmit or receiveinformation.g. Openly cheating in an examination, as copying from another’s paper;h. Using another’s laboratory results as one’s own,whether with or without the permission of theowner;i. Falsifying results in laboratory experiments; j. Mutilating or stealing library materials; mis-shelving materials with the intent to reduceaccessibility to other students;k. A student’s failing to report to the instructoror department chair an incident which the stu-dent believes to be a violation of the academichonesty policy; andl. Misrepresenting academic records or achieve-ments as they pertain to course prerequisites orcorequisites for the purpose of enrolling or remain-ing in a course for which one is not eligible.m. Possessing wireless electronic devices capable of transmitting and/or receiving wireless signalsin an exam room or possessing all types of cam-eras or other devices in an exam room that arecapable of recording the exam, unless expresslypermitted by the instructor in writing. Studentsseen with such devices will be charged with aca-demic dishonesty.n. Any other conduct which a reasonable person inthe same or similar circumstances would recognizeas dishonest or improper in an academic setting.
 Article 4. Sanctions 
 
4.01 Sanctions.
The sanctions for confirmed breaches of this policy shall be commensurate with the nature of the offense and with the record of the student regard-ing any previous infractions. Sanctions may include,but are not limited to, a lowered grade, failure on theexamination or assignment in question, failure inthe course, probation, suspension from the university,expulsion from the university, or a combination of these.Students may not receive a W for courses in which theyhave been found guilty of a violation of the AcademicHonesty Policy. If a W is received prior to a guilty find-ing, the student will become liable for the AcademicHonesty penalty, including F grades. 
4.02 Probation, Suspension, and Expulsion.
Theterms probation, suspension and expulsion as usedherein refer to these sanctions only as they areimposed as a result of violations of this AcademicHonesty Policy. All policies and procedures for theimposition and appeal of these sanctions are con-tained within this policy.
 Article 5. Departmental Hearing 
 
5.01 Departmental Hearing.
When an instructorhas reasonable grounds to believe that a studenthas committed an act of academic dishonesty, theinstructor shall notify the chair of the concerneddepartment, in writing, within five class days of discovery. Students who believe they have observedan act of academic dishonesty shall report theincident to the instructor, as soon as possible, whoshall report the incident in writing to the chairwithin five class days. In case waiver of a hear-ing is an option as provided in Article 5.04, thechair shall, within five class days of receiving theinstructor’s report, inform the accused in writ-ing of the nature of the offense and recommendedpenalty, and ask the accused to select betweenthe hearing and waiver options. If the chair hasnot received a response within 10 class days of the notification of these options, the chair shall,within the next five class days, schedule a depart-mental hearing. In case waiver of a hearing is notan option, the chair shall, within 10 class daysof receiving the instructor’s report, schedule adepartmental hearing. To schedule a departmentalhearing, the chair shall notify the instructor, theaccused, and the accusing party, if other than theinstructor, of the nature of the offense and the timeand date of the hearing. Normally, the accusedshall be notified by certified mail. Should any of the parties fail to appear, without good cause, atthe departmental hearing, the chair may render adecision in their absence.Both sides shall have an opportunity to presenttheir cases during the above hearing. This mayinclude the introduction of physical evidence as wellas testimony from individuals who have knowledgeof the circumstances. If either side intends to haveindividuals appear at the hearing for such testimo-ny or as legal counsel, the chair must be notified atleast three class days before the hearing. If eitherside will be advised by legal counsel, the hearing 

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