Academic Integrity

All students enrolled in classes at Regis are expected to maintain integrity in all academic pursuits. Any dishonesty with regard to these matters is subject to censure or penalty in proportion to the seriousness of the action and may result in dismissal from Regis.

Examples of Academic Integrity Violations:

  • Inventing data, quotes, or citations for reports
  • Lying about reasons for absences or requests for extensions or rescheduling of exams
  • Copying or sharing answers on exams; bringing “cheat sheets” to closed-book examinations; or using any electronic device in an exam for unapproved purposes, especially to access or transmit assistance on the exam
  • Discussing what is/was on a specific examination with someone who has not yet taken it
  • Copying or sharing answers on homework (On assignments where group work is encouraged or allowed, students may be called upon to individually justify your answer to the instructor.)
  • Falsifying records, transcripts, recommendations, or other documents indicative of student qualifications
  • Submitting the same paper in more than one class without prior permission
  • Plagiarism - presenting someone else’s ideas or words (including Internet sources) as your own in written work, presentations, or other assignments

Reporting of Academic Dishonesty Violations

Reporting Academic Integrity Violations

The Office of Academic Affairs may modify the procedures below as it determines necessary to maintain a fair and effective process.

  1. Notice of Allegation: If a Course Instructor alleges that a student has com­mitted an Academic Integrity Violation in an individual course, the Course Instructor will notify the student in writing.
  2. Student Response to Allegation: The Course Instructor will allow the stu­dent an opportunity to respond to the allegation in a written response to the Course Instructor within five (5) business days of the initial notice of the allegation. The student’s written response must include specific evi­dence refuting the allegation.
  3. Affirming or Retracting an Allegation: After reviewing the student’s written response, if the Course Instructor affirms that a violation occurred, then the Course Instructor may issue a Course Penalty, see below, against the student. The Course Instructor must notify the student in writing that the allegation has been affirmed and of the Course Penalty within five (5) busi­ness days of receiving the student’s response, with a copy to the Depart­ment Chair/Program Director, the Associate School Dean, and the School Dean. The Course Instructor must also complete a Report of Academic Dishonesty Form and submit that form to the Office of Academic Affairs. The Course Instructor must submit the Report of Academic Dishonesty Form within ten (10) business days of receipt of the student’s written response or prior to the beginning of the next academic semester, whichever comes first. If the Course Instructor retracts their allegation of an Academic Integrity Violation based on the student’s written response, the Course Instructor must notify the student of their retraction in writing.
  4. Issuing a College Penalty: Following receipt of the Report of Academic Dishonesty Form, the Office of Academic Affairs may impose a College Pen­alty, see below. The Office of Academic Affairs will consult with the Course Instructor, the Department Chair/Program Director, the Associate School Dean, and the School Dean in determining whether to issue a College Pen­alty. The Office of Academic Affairs may issue a College Penalty in addition to any Course Penalty issued by a Course Instructor. The Office of Academic Affairs must issue any College Penalty within ten (10) business days of re­ceipt of the Report of Academic Dishonesty Form or prior to the beginning of the next academic semester, whichever comes first.

Penalties for Academic Integrity Violations

Course Penalty: A Course Penalty generally affects a student’s grade, participa­tion in, or completion of an individual course and may include, but may not be limited to, a failing grade on an assignment or a failing grade in a course. Even though a Course Penalty is limited to an individual course, depending on the nature of a student’s academic program, it may also affect a student’s overall standing at Regis. For example, a Course Penalty that results in a failing grade in a course may impact a student’s ability to remain in an academic program which has specific grade or GPA requirements.

College Penalty: A College Penalty affects a student’s overall standing at Regis and may include, but may not be limited to, a written warning, academic probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Academic Dishonesty: Student Right of Appeal and Responsibility of Reporting

If a student acknowledges that they have committed the Academic Integrity Violation, but believes that the Course Penalty or College Penalty is inappropriate, the student may appeal in writing to the Vice President of Academic Affairs within twenty (20) business days of issuance of the Course Penalty or College Penalty via the Regis College Student Appeal of Academic Dishonesty Penalty Form available on RegisNet. The student’s appeal must specifically state why the Course Penalty or College Penalty lacks merit. The student’s appeal may not challenge the underlying finding that an Academic Integrity violation occurred.

To review further detail about the Academic Integrity policy and all steps pertaining to the appeal process, please refer to the current Academic Catalog.

Contact Information

Laura Hidden
Director of Academic Advising

781-768-8356

Resources

Regis College Office of Academic Affairs: Academic Integrity
All students enrolled in classes at Regis are expected to maintain integrity in all academic pursuits. Such academic pursuits may include, but are not limited to, the writing of papers, examinations, assignments, and lab reports. Any dishonesty with regard to these matters is subject to censure or penalty in proportion to the seriousness of the action and may result in dismissal from Regis.