These regulations make up the Academic Honor Code for undergraduate students at Loyola. This includes definitions of academic dishonesty such as plagiarism, and the processes determining findings of academic dishonesty and governing appeals.
This Academic Honor Code supersedes policies and procedures related to the Integrity of Scholarship and Plagiarism policies and procedures published in previous University Bulletins for all Graduate (non-Law) and Undergraduate students at Loyola University New Orleans. Law students are to consult the Honor Code published in the Law Bulletin.
In accordance with the Academic Honor Code of Loyola University New Orleans, I pledge I will not cheat, lie, falsify, plagiarize, or participate in any form of unauthorized collaboration, misuse or misrepresentation of my academic work or the academic work of others in any manner. I will be honest in all academic endeavors and conduct myself in a manner that protects and promotes the intellectual and ethical integrity of myself, others, and the University.
The Academic Honor Code of Loyola University New Orleans represents the University community’s commitment to the highest intellectual and ethical standards of honesty, integrity, fairness and justice. Violations of the Academic Honor Code include but are not limited to cheating, lying, false citations, falsified data, falsification of academic records, plagiarism, participation in any form of unauthorized collaboration, misuse or misrepresentation of academic work or the academic work of others in any manner, misuse of electronic material, and violation of academic property laws.
A student in doubt about whether a particular course of conduct violates the University’s Academic Honor Code should consult with the course instructor before engaging in that conduct.
Cheating is the fraudulent or dishonest presentation of work. Cheating includes but is not limited to:
False citation is the attribution of intellectual property to an incorrect or fabricated source with the intention to deceive.
False data are data that have been fabricated, altered, suppressed, manipulated, or contrived in such a way as to be deliberately misleading.
Falsification of Academic Records
Falsification of Academic Records is any attempt to forge or alter academic documentation, includes, but is not limited to, transcripts, letters of recommendation, certificates of enrollment or good standing, registration forms, and medical certification of absence.
Plagiarism is act of taking the work or ideas of another and representing it as one's own. The Modern Language Association Handbook defines plagiarism as follows: "Plagiarism involves two kinds of wrongs. Using another person's ideas, information, or expressions without acknowledging that person's work constitutes intellectual theft. Passing off another person's ideas, information or expressions as your own to get a better grade or gain some other advantage constitutes fraud" (Seventh Edition, 2009, p. 52).
Unauthorized collaborating is completing coursework with other(s) without prior approval. Students are expected to consult with their instructor prior to engaging in cooperative activities.
Misuse of Electronic Materials and Violations of Academic Property Laws
Access and use of licensed electronic materials are governed by agreements between the University and publishers or sellers of the services. Students must comply with the prohibitions stated below.
Other breaches of the Academic Honor Code include:
Student Academic Honor Code violations and sanctions are reported either by 1) a course instructor to the Dean’s Office of the college in which the violation occurred or 2) the Associate Dean of the college in which the violation occurred. If there is no designated Associate Dean of the college in which the violation occurred, the Dean or the Dean's designated representative will fill this role. An appeal of a violation and/or sanctions is filed from the accused student to the Academic Integrity Council (AIC). This method of handling Academic Honor Code violations helps promote university-wide standards of integrity with 1) due process and 2) identification of students with repeat violations across the university.
A course instructor reports student violations and sanctions using the following two-step process:
Step 1: Instructor of record for the course
The instructor investigates the matter further, issues findings, and imposes sanctions. Specifically:
Step 2: Associate Dean
The student meets with the Associate Dean of the college of the instructor of record college offering the course to review the violation and sanctions within five days of the notification from the instructor.
Associate Dean Report
If charges of a violation are made against a student from action pertaining either 1) not to a particular course or 2) to multiple violations, the Associate Dean of the student’s college investigates the matter further, issues sanctions in writing, and provides a copy of the Academic Honor Code violation appeals process.
Additional steps, clearly outlined in program policies and procedures materials, may be added to the AHC Procedures by individual graduate programs.
After meeting with the Associate Dean, the student has a right to submit an Academic Honor Code violation appeal form to the AIC within ten business days after being contacted about the violation. During summer terms, as applicable, a hearing date may not be possible until the subsequent fall semester. Until the grade is finally determined by an AIC, the student’s academic standing, related rights and privileges, and the grade prior to the violation occurred will be upheld.
Step 1: Accused Student
The accused student completes an Academic Honor Code appeals form and submits the form to the AIC, as directed by the procedures provided by the Associate Dean.
Step 2: Academic Integrity Council Review
The AIC processes the appeal to determine merit.
Step 3: Academic Integrity Council Hearing
When the AIC determines student appeal merits consideration, a hearing will ensue.
Failing Grade for Assignment or Course: A permanent failing grade may be assigned for the offending course work or for the final course.
Letter of Censure: The letter will clearly articulate the violation of which the student has been found responsible, reiterate the University’s Academic Honor Code, and clearly spell-out possible consequences if the student violates the Academic Honor Code in the future. The Letter of Censure will be placed in the student’s permanent Dean’s file along with all supporting documentation regarding the case.
Academic Suspension: Academic suspension is an appropriate recommendation for students found responsible in particularly egregious cases or students who have previously been found responsible of violations of the Academic Honor Code.
The recommendation of academic suspension should be submitted to the Dean of the student’s College for review. If the Dean concurs with the recommendation, notification of the length of the academic suspension must be sent to the Office of Student Records. A notation “Academic Suspension” will be placed on the student’s official transcript. The decision to suspend a student for violating the Academic Honor Code should be made in consultation with the Provost/Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs.
Dismissal from the University: Dismissal from the University is the most severe recommendation that can be made and is reserved for the most egregious acts of academic dishonesty. Students found responsible of violating the University’s policy regarding academic integrity, especially if they have already been suspended from the University, should be considered for permanent dismissal. This recommendation should be sent to the Dean of the student’s college so that a decision may be rendered. The decision to permanently dismiss a student from the University should be done in consultation with the Provost/Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs. The notation “Academic Dismissal” will be placed on the student’s official transcript.
Violations of the Academic Honor Code by students in the University Honors Program: If an honors student is accused of any violation of the Academic Honor Code, whether or not the violation occurred in an Honors course, in addition to the procedures described above, the Director of the University Honors Program must be notified and receive all pertinent materials related to the case. If an honors student is found responsible of violating the Academic Honor Code, the student will be placed on Honors probation, and the Director of the University Honors Program, in conjunction with the University Honors Advisory Board, will determine if the student will be allowed to remain in the Honors Program, and, if so, the requirements for removal of the probation status.
Violations of the Academic Honor Code by students in the University’s Professional and Continuing Studies program: If a student is enrolled in a program through Professional and Continuing Studies is accused of any violation of the Academic Honor Code, in addition to the procedures described above, the Director of Professional and Continuing Studies must be notified and receive all pertinent materials related to the case.
Monitoring and Recording Violations to the Academic Honor Code:
The Academic Integrity Council is responsible for recording and monitoring violations of the Academic Honor Code. This data will be reported to the Provost’s office every semester.
Updated March 2016