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Academic Policies

Discover our policies crafted to uphold Smith Chason excellence.

Explore the academic policies at Smith Chason College, designed to ensure academic excellence, maintain integrity, and provide support on your educational journey.

Find out why Smith Chason is an institution of excellence.

At Smith Chason College, we are dedicated to establishing a framework that empowers students, allowing them to live up to their potential in their pursuit of knowledge and professional development.

Academic Honesty is highly valued at Smith Chason College . A student must always submit work that represents their original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent the student’s original work or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources both in the text and in the reference listing at the end of the paper. The student should also make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hardcopy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source.

Dishonesty of any type in a course, including cheating on examinations/assignments or plagiarizing materials, may result in a failing grade for the course and may be cause for suspension and/or dismissal from your program and/or the school. Academic dishonesty could involve:

  • Having a tutor or friend complete a portion of your assignments
  • Using third parties to complete an assignment
  • Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment
  • Copying work submitted by another student
  • Using information from online information services without proper citation
  • Taking exam answers from another student’s paper or using old exams not approved by the instructor of the course
  • Falsifying sign in or sign out times for lab attendance (blue or black ink only should be used, no pencil)
  • Operating any type of audio or video recording device in a classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting without prior expressed permission from the Campus Director or Director of Education
  • Utilizing materials not allowed to answer exam questions
  • Plagiarism in papers, presentations, projects, discussion posts, and exams.

The most common form of academic dishonesty is taking someone else’s work or ideas and presenting them as one’s own and is referred to as “plagiarism”. To avoid plagiarism, students must cite their sources and give credit where credit is due. Students can refer to the APA Citation information (Links to an external site.) in the Smith Library for samples, templates, and guidance for how to properly cite resources. Students are expected to produce work that displays proper use of the most up-to-date version of APA. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of in-text citations, quotation marks, and references to ensure proper acknowledgment is given to any external source(s) used in the creation of academic material.

Students violating this policy by failing to submit original work may be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal from the institution. Any alleged incident of plagiarism will be investigated to determine if it is a reportable offense. An appropriate form of disciplinary action or sanction will be determined based on severity of the offense. Sanctions are determined by the faculty member after discussion with the student and the Program Director or Director of Education.

Sanctions may be combined as appropriate for the level of offense and take several forms, including the following:

  • REMEDIATION: Following an investigation, a first offense or an incident deemed to be unintentional may result in providing the student an opportunity to revise and resubmit the assignment for regrading. Consultation with the school’s librarian to review the APA Citation resources and templates available in the Smith Library will be required.
  • FAILING GRADE: Some assignments may result in an automatic failing grade for the assignment (or course). Examples of an automatic failing grade include reusing another student’s work, contract cheating where another person or organization is hired and compensated to complete academic work on the student’s behalf, manipulation of a submitted assignment to avoid detection of content that is non-original, and/or a pattern of dishonest student behavior has been documented.
  • WARNING: The student will receive an official warning and the violation will be recorded in the student’s file. Students will be required to work with the school’s librarian to review the APA resources and requirements and will be notified any subsequent violations will result in an Academic Integrity Acknowledgement.
  • ACADEMIC INTEGRITY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Students who have a pattern of behavior resulting in more than one reportable violation must sign an Academic Integrity Acknowledgement form acknowledging that any future offense can result in suspension and/or dismissal. The violation and the acknowledgement form will be recorded in the student’s file.
  • SUSPENSION OR DISMISSAL: The student is suspended or dismissed from their academic program and the institution with the inability to return. A copy of the official letter of dismissal will be recorded in the student’s file. The Chief Academic Officer (or their designee) has the authority to dismiss a student from the institution based on the investigation, findings, and recommendations from faculty or other appropriate personnel.

Professionalism

Professional behavior will be demonstrated at all times when students are on campus or online.  This includes a proper dress code, professional conduct, and thoughtful behavior.  Any instructor may give a verbal or written warning. Continued non-compliance with the dress code or unprofessional behavior will result, without warning, in the student being required to sign out of class, take an absence for the day, and leave the campus or the online session. Examples of unprofessional behavior include:  Improper dress, making disparaging remarks about fellow students or staff, and disruptive noise levels.

Smith Chason College utilizes the TurnitIn® Originality Verification Tool to assist students in ensuring the work they are submitting is their own. Students are encouraged to utilize the tool prior to submitting their work for grading.

While the TurnitIn® Tool does not detect plagiarism, it does assist in the verification of the overall integrity of the work being presented by the student. Students can review the information provided in the Turnitin report and revise their assignments before the official submission.

Faculty members thoroughly review each student assignment regardless of the score provided by TurnitIn® to determine the most appropriate action. Exclusive use of the TurnitIn® similarity score % as criteria for identifying possible violations of academic integrity is prohibited. All student work must be assessed based on the content and contextual use of sources.