Academic Honesty Policy
Honesty in all academic work is expected of every student at all times. This means each individual does his or her own work without assistance from other sources on any assignment or exam unless otherwise directed by the instructor.
A violation of academic honesty can include but not be limited to:
- Falsifying documents;
- Submitting the same assignment in multiple classes without permission;
- Copying or sharing work from another student, and;
- Aiding and abetting cheating
For more examples and full explanations of each, please see the advising page on the BFIT website. It is the responsibility of each student to understand BFIT’s expectations for academic honesty and to seek help in understanding the policy if necessary. It is important to note that ignorance is not an acceptable excuse.
To preserve the College’s reputation and integrity, cases of academic dishonesty will be reported and may face disciplinary action. Documentation of alleged violations, proceedings, and any resulting sanctions will be kept on file in the office of the Director of Advising until a student has graduated from the college. This file may be utilized in the event of any further infraction of institutional rules or policies. The student’s advisor will be notified during any instance of academic dishonesty.
With any suspected act of dishonesty, the instructor will provide documentation of the incident and any supporting evidence to the Director of Advising. Students will be contacted by the Director of Advising to discuss the incident and methods of prevention for the future. Based on the student’s conduct history, the Director of Advising may refer the case to the Student Conduct Board.
The range of sanctions and the procedures followed are outlined below; however implementation of sanctions will lie with the Hearing Office or Student Conduct Board and may be adjusted. Faculty may be solicited for further information, appearing before the Student Conduct Board, or for recommendations for sanctioning.
Procedures and Sanctioning
- A first violation of academic honesty will result in a meeting with the Director of Advising and may result in a failing grade for the assignment as well as an educational component to allow the student to learn from the process. Educational sanctions may include online modules, research or reflection essays, or other means to educate oneself or others on academic honesty.
- A second violation of the academic honesty policy, whether this be in the same or a different course, will result in a meeting with the Director of Advising or the Student Conduct Board, and may result in a grade of F for the final course grade. Due to the repeat nature of the incident, the student may be subject to increased sanctioning including academic probation for a minimum of one semester and increased educational sanctions.
- A third violation of the academic honesty policy will result in an automatic F for the course in which the infraction occurred and may include further disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion from the college. All documentation and evidence will be placed in the student’s file and, in this case, may become a permanent record regardless of the student’s graduation status at the college. A mandatory meeting will take place with the Dean of Academic Affairs and the student will have the opportunity to bring one member of the college’s faculty or staff to serve as a support person. The support person will have the opportunity to speak on the student’s behalf at the student’s request.
Students will receive written notification within one week after meeting with a Hearing Officer or the Student Conduct Board.
To initiate the appeal process, students will submit their appeal, electronically, in writing to the
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. Appeals must be received by the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, electronically, within five (5) class days of the outcome of the conduct meeting.
Students must base an appeal on one or more specific aspects of the original conduct meeting:
- Procedural error
- Finding not supported by the evidence
- Excessive or inappropriate sanction
- New evidence not previously available
It is up to the student(s) appealing to be persuasive and professional in their appeal letter. Appeal arguments should detail any information that was not available at the time of the original conduct meeting, as well as any additional information that is provided by witnesses.
The outcome of an appeal is final.
The Appeal Officer may make the following decisions:
- Uphold previous decision
- Revise previous decision
- Overturn previous decision
- Refer the case back to the original Conduct Officer for a rehearing (in case of procedural errors)
*Note: if multiple violations of academic honesty occur within a time frame prior to required meetings taking place, the violations will be still be treated as individual occurrences and subject to disciplinary action as outlined above.