GUIDELINES FOR FACULTY
General Responsibilities and Information
Academic Integrity Reporting Form
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS
Examples of Violations
Obtaining an unfair advantage
ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE
College Academic Integrity Hearing Board
Review of Hearing Board Decision
Records of Action
Academic integrity means honest and ethical conduct in all aspects of academic life. Integrity entails a firm adherence to a set of values, and the values most essential to an academic community are grounded in honesty with respect to all intellectual efforts of oneself and others. Integrity is expected of every student within the NAU community in all academic undertakings, regardless of venue (including but not limited to: classroom, laboratory, internships/externships, clinical practicum, clinics, paid positions, etc…) or medium (including but not limited to: assignments, written work, data gathering, oral presentations, etc…). Academic integrity is expected not only in formal coursework settings, but in all University relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of University resources. The reputation of the University and the value of the intellectual contributions of faculty, staff and students depend on the assurance that every member of the academic community adheres to the very highest standards of ethical behavior.
What constitutes a violation of the academic integrity policy?
Violations of the academic integrity policy are defined in detail in this document. These violations are categorized within, but not limited to, the following areas:
- Obtaining an unfair advantage
What does not constitute a violation of the academic integrity policy?
Not all inappropriate behavior in the academic setting is an academic integrity policy violation. Violations of the ABOR Student Code of Conduct, other than the provision concerning academic dishonesty, are generally considered inappropriate behavior.
What if the academic integrity policy is violated in conjunction with another policy?
If a student violates both the academic integrity provision and additional provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, both the college and the Office of Student Life will review the matter. Each unit makes determinations independently when considering violations and appropriate sanctions.
For graduate and undergraduate students involved in research, there may be overlapping violations between the Academic Integrity, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Research Misconduct policies. Both the college and the Office of the Vice President of Research will review violations of both the Misconduct in Research Policy and Academic Integrity Policy. Each unit makes determinations independently when considering violations and appropriate sanctions.
GUIDELINES FOR FACULTY
General Responsibilities and Information
- Faculty members have a responsibility to be clear in expectations related to academic assignments, exams and other academic endeavors.
- Faculty members also have a responsibility to support academic integrity by reporting any act of academic dishonesty in a timely manner and in accordance with the procedures described in this policy.
- While faculty have authority and discretion under this policy to handle academic integrity violations, the Hearing Board has the authority to modify or overturn a faculty member’s decision or penalty.
- Faculty members shall provide a copy of, or link to, this policy in each syllabus. 
- Any statements about penalties for academic integrity violations shall align with the principles of this policy – in particular, penalties should be commensurate with the activity of the student. If faculty wish to impose penalties that may be considered overly severe, faculty should articulate why the severe penalties are appropriate and should receive department approval, or college approval in non-departmentalized units.
 E-mail sent through the NAU e-mail system to NAU e-mail accounts constitutes a sufficient writing for all documents in this policy.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS
1. A student shall in no way misrepresent his or her work.
2. A student shall in no way attempt to achieve a grade through fraudulent or unfair means.
3. A student shall not in any other manner violate the principle of academic integrity.
4. A student shall report any observed violations of the academic integrity policy.
Examples of Violations
The following actions are examples of activities that violate the Academic Integrity Policy. This is not a comprehensive list.
Cheating is the intentional use of, or attempted use of, unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or previously prepared solutions in any academic exercise, exam, paper or other assignment. Cheating includes, but is not limited to the following acts:
- Copying another student’s work.
- Sharing answers for either a take-home or in-class examination unless specifically and explicitly allowed.
- Using notes, books or web materials in an exam when such aids are forbidden.
- Taking an examination in another student’s name or having another person take one for a student.
- Changing the answers in an examination after it has been graded in order to gain more credit than deserved.
- Possession of a “cheat-sheet” or other prohibited assistance (calculator, cell phone, text messaging, etc.) during an examination.
- Working on an examination outside the specified time limits, such as beginning before the faculty member directs students to begin, or continuing to work after the faculty member has declared an end to the examination period.
- Using a commercial service or engaging another person (whether paid or unpaid) to prepare assigned work. Unless prohibited by the faculty member for educational reasons, editing and/or proof-reading by another person is not considered cheating.
Collusion occurs where:
- Two or more students work together to produce individually submitted work without the permission of the appropriate faculty member, or
- A student produces work and knowingly allows another student to copy it and submit that copy for assessment. Where this occurs, both students will be regarded as having colluded, but shall be subject to penalties as individuals.
- A student disseminates course assessment materials (for example, online exams, homework assignments, pictures of exams)
- A student assists another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty
Fabrication/Fraud is the unauthorized falsification or invention of any information, data, or citation in an academic exercise. It also includes, but is not limited to:
- The presentation of information or data not collected in accordance with standard applicable ethical guidelines.
- The intentional failure to include an accurate account of the method by which data was gathered or collected.
- Any attempt to deceive a faculty member or administrative officer of the university regarding academic work.
Obtaining an unfair advantage means engaging in activities that directly or indirectly compromise the fair assessment or grading of a student’s work or constraining other students’ ability to successfully complete an assignment.
Obtaining an unfair advantage includes but is not limited to the following acts:
- Stealing, reproducing, circulating or otherwise gaining access to assessment materials before the authorized time.
- Stealing, destroying, defacing or concealing library or other reference materials and so causing others to be deprived of their use or hindering or preventing a faculty member from assessing a student’s work.
- Possessing, using, or circulating previously administered examinations, unless authorized by the appropriate faculty member.
Plagiarism means representing the words, expressions, productions or creative works of another as one’s own in any academic undertaking. It includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, improper paraphrasing, insufficient citation and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism occurs when a student uses the words of another person or entity without proper citation or permission. It also includes improper paraphrasing, or making a small change to a passage or paper without appropriate citation. Self-plagiarism involves using one’s own words from prior work without proper citation and permission of the instructor. Please ensure you get permission from your instructor before using your own work from a previous assignment, even if in a different course or subject matter.
1) Faculty members make the initial determination of whether a specific action shall be treated as a violation of the Academic Integrity policy and may impose accompanying penalties.
2) A faculty member’s determination and/or the penalties may be appealed in a Primary Appeal. The chair of the Primary Appeal may uphold, revise or reverse the faculty member’s determination and/or penalty.
3) The Academic Integrity Hearing Board (also called the Hearing Board throughout this document) hears appeals of Primary Appeals decisions, or takes referrals directly from faculty or other university personnel, and can uphold, revise or reverse the decision of the Primary Appeal. The Hearing Board also may impose further, department and college penalties as well as recommend university-level penalties.
- Faculty and primary appeal imposed penalties: Examples of possible faculty member-imposed penalties include, but are not limited to:
- Educational assignments such as completion of an academic dishonesty tutorial or a learning module
- Reducing the grade on the assignment or examination
- Awarding a grade of zero or “F” on the assignment or examination
- Reducing the grade in the course by one letter grade
- Awarding a failing grade in the course
- Warning the student in writing about the incident
- Termination of employment
Other faculty member-imposed penalties may be deemed appropriate in accordance with the nature of the offense and related information after consultation with the faculty member’s Department Chair/Director/Associate Dean.
- Hearing Board penalties: Other penalties that may be imposed by the Hearing Board (“Hearing Board penalties”) for violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, but that are not available for an individual faculty member to impose, include, but are not limited to:
- Removal from the student’s program of study
- Recommendation to the Provost or the Provost’s designee that the student be placed on University Probation
- Recommendation to the Provost or the Provost’s designee that the student be suspended
- Recommendation to the Provost or the Provost’s designee that the student be expelled. An indication of expulsion will appear on the student’s transcript per ABOR policy 5-304.
- Penalties associated with violations of this policy shall be proportionate to the nature of the violation. Factors to consider may include:
- Academic level of the student
- Prior violations (indicating an awareness of the policy)
- Evidence of training in academic integrity issues
- Consistency of the penalty with similar incidents within the college
- Those who violate the Academic Integrity policy will be subject to penalties under this policy and may also be subject to penalties under the Student Code of Conduct, state and federal laws.
 See the e-Learning Center for tutorials and course shell modules on academic integrity.