The rights and responsibilities that accompany academic freedom are at the heart of the intellectual integrity of the University. Graduate students are therefore held to an even higher standard of academic honesty. Thus, it's imperative that you understand Miami's Graduate standards, procedures, and penalties regarding academic dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty is defined as any activity that compromises the academic integrity of the institution or subverts the educational process. Students are expected to behave honestly in their learning and in their behavior outside the classroom. Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty undermine the value of a Miami education for everyone, and especially for the person who cheats.
The following actions are just a few examples of academic dishonesty:
- Conduct with respect to and during a quiz, examination, or similar evaluation
- Written and other assignments
This procedure includes the following steps:
- Evidence of academic misconduct is reported to the instructor or examination proctor, who validates the claim. A written report of the alleged academic misconduct is prepared and sent to the department chair.
- The department chair or designee notifies the accused student (in writing) of the charge of academic dishonesty, and the examination proctor (if appropriate), the instructor, and the chair or the designee meet with the accused student.
- A meeting/hearing is held in which the department chair or designee presents the accused with the evidence, indicates what penalties are applicable, and allows the accused student to respond.
- After the meeting, the department chair or designee determines whether the student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, and if so, the chair or designee, in consultation with the faculty member, imposes the applicable penalty.
- A written notice of the decision is prepared and promptly sent by the chair to the accused student.
The minimum penalty in any project, paper, quiz, or interim or final examination is failure for the project, paper, or test.
If an act of academic dishonesty is committed while taking a proficiency or waiver examination, the minimum penalty is failure for that examination.
The minimum penalty for serving as a substitute for another student, for arranging for a substitute for another student, or for acting as an intermediary agent or broker is suspension from the University.
The penalty for committing an act of academic dishonesty while engaged in research that will result in a master's thesis (or equivalent), a specialist in education thesis, or a doctoral dissertation to be submitted to the University is dismissal from the University.
As a graduate student, instructor, or other person associated with a case of academic dishonesty, you may appeal a decision of the Graduate Council Committee on Academic Integrity to the Graduate Council only if evidence suggests that the committee followed improper procedures. In that case, you must request the appeal in writing within seven class days after receiving the report from the Graduate Council Committee on Academic Integrity.
To learn more about academic integrity and Miami's expectations of graduate students, see Part I, Section 5 of the 2010–2011 Graduate School Handbook (PDF 1.3MB).