Castleton University is a learning institution committed to the highest standards of scholarly conduct. The students, faculty, and administration make up a scholarly community whose integrity and success requires a code of academic honesty that promotes trust and prohibits the attempt to gain unfair academic advantage. Membership in the Castleton community means sharing responsibility for upholding and safeguarding these standards. Any violation of academic honesty will be considered cheating and will be dealt with accordingly by the appropriate authorities.
Procedures: Castleton considers all cases of academic dishonesty serious and encourages all full- and part-time faculty to treat each case with the seriousness it deserves. The recommended course of action in those cases where academic dishonesty is suspected is listed below.
- A faculty member suspecting academic dishonesty should discuss the alleged infraction(s) with the student(s) involved and explain the grounds for concern.
- If after meeting with the student, the faculty member concludes that the University’s academic honesty policy has been violated, the faculty member should notify the student in writing of the violation and the penalty that has been levied. Penalties for academic dishonesty levied by the instructor may range from failure on the assignment to failure for the course. (Although the faculty member has authority to issue failing grades without such notification, the establishment of a written record is the only acceptable means of determining whether a student is responsible for repeated misconduct.) In determining penalties, faculty may take into consideration whether or not a student either knowingly or unknowingly committed an infraction. University policy, however, makes no distinction about whether or not plagiarism has occurred on the basis of a student’s intention.
- Instructors will notify the Dean of Students about all academic honesty infractions. Reports of academic dishonesty should be made using the Academic Misconduct Referral Form.
- If a student feels that the instructor’s allegations or penalties are erroneous, then she/he must arrange to meet with the instructor to discuss and attempt to resolve the matter prior to appealing a decision. If a student/instructor conference fails to achieve adequate resolution, any penalty levied by the instructor may be appealed in writing to the Dean of the College through which the course is offered within seven days from the date of the instructor’s written notice of penalty. Should the instructor fail to give written notice, the student may appeal within seven days of learning of the penalty. In all cases of appeal, the decision of the Dean of the College is final.
- In the case of serious or repeated violations, the Dean of Students may, at his or her discretion and in consultation with the appropriate academic officer, charge the student with a violation of the University Code of Conduct. In such case, the University's due process and disciplinary procedures will be followed. If found responsible, additional penalties, up to and including dismissal from the University, may be levied. Students will be notified within fifteen days of the receipt of the instructor’s notice of imposition of a penalty that charges under the Code of Conduct are being contemplated.
Definitions of Infractions: The following list is intended to illustrate the types of behaviors that are considered academically dishonest at Castleton. It is only a partial list; other behaviors may, as well, violate the basic principles of academic honesty.
A. Plagiarizing in any form. Plagiarism is stealing. Castleton University defines plagiarism as the act of submitting someone else’s work, words, or ideas (in part or in whole) as if they were one’s own, without proper attribution of credit.
Credit must be attributed to both print and online source materials, including books, periodicals, articles, video, music, and images. The Internet has become a powerful research tool, but students should note that its power also has a double effect: the Internet makes committing and detecting and proving plagiarism much easier.
Additionally, Castleton makes no distinction in the definition of plagiarism on the basis of a student’s intent. Students are responsible for taking pains to familiarize themselves with the citation standards and practices in their respective disciplines and courses to avoid plagiarizing.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the following:
- using a source’s exact words without putting those words in quotation marks-this is plagiarism whether or not there is a note attributing the material to a source;
- putting a source’s exact words in quotes but failing to provide an endnote, footnote, parenthetical note, or other appropriate form of citation indicating the original source;
- paraphrasing the words of a source but failing to provide an endnote, footnote, parenthetical note, or other appropriate form of citation indicating the original source;
- splicing together exact phrasing and/or paraphrases from multiple sources but failing to give credit for each element borrowed (“patchwork” or “mosaic” plagiarism);
- copying and pasting information from a website without correctly citing the Internet source from which the material was taken. The Internet is not public domain;
- providing only a list of references without properly attributing specific credit for individual quotations or ideas in the body of the text;
- creating a paraphrase that does not substantially reword the original text-for example, leaving long phrases of the original wording, substituting synonyms for key words but not rephrasing the material, or simply rearranging the original words;
- receiving excessive critical input from others to the extent that the final text can no longer be viewed as the work primarily of the student submitting it.
B. Buying, copying/downloading from the Internet, or commissioning term papers, essays, or comparable documents and/or submitting the work of another (including the work of another student) as one’s own.
C. Submitting work that had previously been prepared for another course in fulfillment of the requirements of a subsequent course, except when the student has obtained the explicit prior permission of the current instructor to do so.|
D. Communicating during an examination session with the intent of supplying information to or receiving information from another student.
E. Receiving aid in taking examinations through such means as crib sheets or supplementary notes (unless expressly permitted by the instructor); through looking at others’ examinations and/or allowing others to look at yours; or through the use of electronic devices such as cell phones, calculators, portable hard drives, PDAs, mp3 players, etc.
F. Soliciting, obtaining, or providing an examination or portions thereof either prior or subsequent to an examination session, except as authorized by the instructor.
G. Substituting for another student or allowing a different individual to represent oneself in any context, including but not limited to class meetings, exams, and online discussions.
H. Knowingly assisting any person committing an act of academic dishonesty.
I. Altering, changing, or forging University academic records for either oneself or another.
J. Infringing the rights of other students to fair and equal access to University library materials and other academic resources.
K. Degrading, erasing, or in any way tampering with the computer assignments or computer files of others.
L. Attempting to prevent other users from having access to the University’s computers, computer terminals, or other resources, or degrading the performance of computer equipment.
M. The unauthorized use or misuse of prescription drugs to enhance academic performance.
Any student who is unsure whether a particular behavior is permissible under Castleton’s academic honesty policy should consult either the instructor of the course for which the work is being done, the student’s faculty advisor, or the Dean of the College in which student is registered.
Students are expected to attend University programs and every class meeting of courses for which they are registered. Each student has an obligation to contribute to the academic performance of all by participating in the work of each class. Specific attendance regulations are set for each course by the instructor.
Regular attendance in a class by individuals who are not registered students is prohibited.
It is important that Castleton classroom environments have an appropriate academic atmosphere that promotes learning and makes it possible for faculty to be effective teachers and students to be effective learners. If the behavior of an individual student is having a disruptive effect on the academic environment, the instructor of the course may require the student in question either to discontinue the troublesome behavior or to leave the classroom. When it seems in the best interest of the class as a whole, the Dean of the College may, in consultation with the instructor, inform the student that he/she may not return to the class.
When the student’s behavior is also thought to constitute a University disciplinary violation, disciplinary procedures may be initiated. Finally, if the disruptive behavior is associated with a serious medical or psychological condition, the Dean of Students may respond to the situation in accordance with the policy described in the University Handbook under the heading "Health."
Castleton University recognizes that the protection of free speech and the open exchange of ideas are essential to any academic or artistic community, and crucial for the activity of scholars and artists. The University recognizes its obligation under policy and collective bargaining agreements to respect the academic freedom of faculty members. This policy is meant neither to proscribe nor to inhibit discussion, in or out of the classroom, of complex, controversial, or sensitive matters when in the judgment of a reasonable person such discussions arise appropriately and with respect for the dignity of others. Castleton is a community of learners and as such recognizes and affirms that free, honest intellectual inquiry, debate, and constructive dialogue are vital to the academic mission of the University and must be protected even when the views expressed are unpopular or controversial.
Student Records Review & Release
In conformance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Castleton University provides students the right to inspect and review their educational records and to challenge the contents of these records to insure that such records are not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
In addition, Castleton will not release personally identifiable records of students to any individual agency or organization without the prior written consent of the student, except as provided by the law. The University has a policy of disclosing educational records to Castleton and VSC officials with a legitimate educational interest without prior consent. The VSC has defined directory information as the following: name, home and University address, telephone listing, email address, date of birth, major, enrollment status (full-time or part-time), enrollment level (undergraduate of graduate), dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, weight and height of athletic team members, photographs, most recent and previous educational institutions attended, and participation in officially recognized sports and activities. Castleton will maintain this information and it will be available, at the discretion of University officials, unless the student notifies the University in writing that none of the directory information should be released. Students who wish to restrict access to directory information may do so by completing a Request to Withhold Directory Information form at the Registrar’s office. Upon receipt of this form, the VSC shall release no directory information to any third party without prior student consent except as may be otherwise permitted by law.
A complete statement of Castleton policy regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is available online.
The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to make available annual statistics related to our students’ continuation and graduation rates. In addition, the Department of Education requires colleges to compile statistics related to campus crime. Please contact the Marketing and Communication Office in Woodruff Hall if you would like a copy of this information.
Enrollment certification for veterans is conducted by the Registrar's Office. Veterans wishing to have enrollment certification transmitted to the Veterans Administration must contact Stephanie Cleveland, Certification Officer, in the Registrar's Office in Woodruff Hall to submit the necessary paperwork. Various forms for filing a claim are available online and at the Registrar's Office. Information for Veterans is also available online.