Student Overview of Academic Integrity
- Academic integrity at Furman is governed by the university's academic integrity policy (121.5). Students have the ultimate responsibility for understanding and adhering to university policy. They should therefore familiarize themselves thoroughly with the information on this web site, as well as with other university materials on this topic.
- Understanding what constitutes academic misconduct is essential for avoiding it. This is especially true of plagiarism. Check out the definitions of academic misconduct and tips for avoiding plagiarism on this web site. Ask for clarification from your instructor(s) if necessary. Do not automatically assume that what applies in one course applies in another. (Of course, some behaviors are always wrong, such as plagiarizing an assignment, fabricating data, or cheating on a test or quiz).
- Furman students are not required to report suspected violations of academic integrity, but they are encouraged and empowered to do so by the policy.
- Disputed allegations of academic integrity are adjudicated by the Academic Discipline Committee (see 190.6). This committee consists of five faculty members and two students.
- The professor has the authority to determine the grade penalty for violations of academic integrity. The Academic Discipline Committee (ADC) has the authority to impose penalties for violations beyond the grade in the course, such as revocation of pass-fail status, suspension, and/or expulsion from the university. In addition, students can appeal a grade penalty to the ADC, which may choose to recommend a different penalty to the professor. The course instructor retains authority over the grade, however.
In short, Furman students should:
- Inform themselves about Furman policy and expectations through this web site and other available means;
- Abide by the university's academic integrity policies and encourage others to do the same;
- Ask for clarification from professors if necessary;
- Learn how to cite sources appropriately;
- Report suspected violations of this policy.
If You Are Suspected of Misconduct
If You Suspect Another Student of Misconduct
Philosophy and Definitions