Keystone College Policies


Academic Honesty

Academic integrity is expected in all class-related endeavors. Students who have questions regarding issues of academic dishonesty should refer to the College regulations, which outline unacceptable behaviors in academic matters.

Faculty members who discover evidence of academic dishonesty should arrange to meet with the student as soon as possible to discuss the allegation. Prior to this meeting, the faculty member should consult with the vice president of academic affairs to review the allegations.

If the student acknowledges the act of academic dishonesty, and the faculty member is satisfied that the incident has been effectively resolved, then:

  1. the faculty member should discuss the College wide policy on academic dishonesty, included in the course syllabus;
  2. the faculty member will forward a written summary of  the incident and the resolution to the Dean of  Academic Affairs;
  3. the Dean of  Academic Affairs will contact the student to arrange a meeting to review the College standards of  conduct related to academic dishonesty;
  4. if  the student is currently in good disciplinary standing, sanctions will range from disciplinary probation for at least one calendar year to expulsion from the College.
  5. if  the student is not in good disciplinary standing, a formal disciplinary hearing will be scheduled to determine the appropriate disciplinary sanction, which may include expulsion from the College.

If the student denies the allegation of academic dishonesty, or the faculty member believes the severity of the incident may warrant a sanction more severe than disciplinary probation, then:

  1. the faculty member will forward a written summary of  the incident to the Dean of  Academic Affairs. This summary must contain copies of all evidence including the names of any witnesses. The student will have access to all material given to the All-College Judicial Board;
  2. the Dean of  Student Affairs will contact the student to arrange a meeting to review the student’s rights in the judicial process, the charges against the student, and the hearing procedure;
  3. a formal disciplinary hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible to determine if  a violation of  College regulations has taken place and, if  so, the appropriate sanction to apply;
  4. no grade penalty should be assigned by the instructor until the hearing panel determines that an act of  academic dishonesty has occurred. If the charges cannot be resolved prior to the end of the current semester, no course grade should be assigned pending the outcome of the hearing;
  5. the faculty member will be notified of  the outcome of  the disciplinary case in order to assign grade penalties for violations.

Students receiving a grade penalty for alleged academic dishonesty violations without adherence to the above procedure may file an academic grievance.

Contact Information

Department of Academic Affairs
Phone: 570-945-8316
Email: AcademicAffairs@keystone.edu

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