If You Suspect Another Student of Misconduct
Students who attempt to cheat are seeking an unfair advantage over their classmates. As The Helmsman
states, "A violation of academic integrity in any form in a fundamental offense against the integrity of the entire academic community and is always a threat to the standards of the college and to the standing of every student" ("Administrative Policies: Academic Integrity"). While academic integrity is essential to all members of the campus community, students are the ones who are most threatened when academic dishonesty goes unchecked. The health of the learning environment depends on the adherence of all students to the principles of academic integrity, and the appropriate sanctioning of those who choose to violate them.
Furman policy does not require students to report any cheating they observe or suspect. However, the policy does encourage and empower students to help defend academic integrity by reporting suspected infractions to the appropriate faculty or staff member. If you have reason to believe that another student has cheated, you should communicate this in a discreet and timely way. If after investigation the faculty member decides to pursue a charge of academic misconduct, you may be asked to appear before the Academic Discipline Committee in a confidential hearing.
If you have any further questions about a suspected violation of academic integrity, consult with the Associate Academic Dean.
To quote The Helmsman
"Honesty within our academic community is not simply a matter of rules and procedures; it is an opportunity to put personal responsibility and integrity into action. When students accept the implicit bonds of trust within an academic community, they liberate themselves to pursue their academic goals in an atmosphere of mutual confidence and respect. ("Academic Polices: Academic Integrity").