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2020-21 Student Handbook & Calendar

Part 3: Academic and Classroom Misconduct

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  1. The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic
    integrity, and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct that violates the general rules and regulations of APSU. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom, beyond the session in which the conduct occurred, or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures established by the Division of Student Affairs.  
  2. Academic dishonesty may be defined as any act of dishonesty in academic work. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, the changing or falsifying of any academic documents or materials, cheating and giving or receiving of unauthorized aid in tests, examinations or other assigned work. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. Penalties for academic misconduct will vary with the seriousness of the offense and may include, but are not limited to, a grade of “F” on the work in question, a grade of “F” in the course, reprimand, probation, suspension and expulsion. The student will be advised of his/her rights. The student may accept the instructor’s finding, grade reduction, and/or other sanction and waive his/her hearing right. In the event a student believes he/she has been erroneously accused of academic misconduct, he/she may request a hearing. Hearings will be conducted pursuant to the procedures set forth at Part 5, Disciplinary Procedures, below. If the student is found responsible for the allegation(s) of academic misconduct, the grade as assigned by the instructor will stand. Should the hearing source absolve the student of the allegations of academic misconduct, the faculty member will reassess the student’s grade based upon the hearing source’s finding. When necessary, grade changes will be made administratively.
  3. Students may appeal a grade assignment associated with a finding of academic misconduct, as distinct from a student disciplinary action, through appropriate APSU academic grade appeal procedures. Courses may not be dropped pending the final resolution of an allegation of academic misconduct.
  4. Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined, but is not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the
    learning environment (e.g., repeated outbursts from a student which disrupts the flow of instruction or prevents
    concentration on the subject taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, the presence of nonenrolled visitors in the classroom (including but not limited to minors), the continued use of any electronic or other noise- or light-emitting device which disturbs or interrupts the concentration of others (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers, text messaging, cell phones, personal digital assistant, laptop computers, games, etc.).
  5. Class attendance and punctuality requirements are established by the faculty through the syllabus, whether print
    or digital, for each course. Students are expected to attend class regularly and on time and are responsible for giving explanations/rationale for absences and lateness directly to the faculty member for each course in which they are enrolled. In cases where student absences are the result of emergency circumstances (e.g., death in the family, a student’s serious injury or incapacitating illness), for which student(s) are unable to make immediate contact with faculty, the student may contact the Student Affairs office for assistance in providing such immediate notification to faculty. However, the student remains responsible for verifying the emergency circumstances to faculty and for discussing arrangements with faculty for possible completion of coursework requirements, if feasible.