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1 Judicial Affairs at Queensborough Community College

2 Judicial Affairs Defined
Judicial Affairs develops, disseminates, interprets, and enforces campus regulations Protects relevant rights of students Deals with student behavioral problems in a fair and reasonable manner Provides learning experiences for students who are found to be responsible for conduct which is determined to be in violation of institutional standards or who participate in the operations of the judicial system Initiates and encourages educational activities that serve to prevent violations of campus regulations (

3 Henderson Rules Rule #1: A member of the academic community shall not intentionally obstruct and/or prevent others from the exercise of their rights. Nor shall any member interfere with the institution’s educational process or facilities, or the rights of those who wish to avail themselves of any of the institution’s instructional, personal, administrative, recreational, and community services. Rule #2: Individuals are liable for failure to comply with lawful directions issued by representatives of the University/College when they are acting in their official capacity. Members of the academic community are required to show their identification cards when requested to do so by an official of the college. Rule #3: Unauthorized occupancy of the University/College facilities or blocking access to or from such areas is prohibited. Permission from appropriate college authorities must be obtained for removal, relocation, and use of University/College equipment and/or supplies. Rule #4: Theft from or damage to University/College premises or property, or theft of or damage to property of any person on University/College premises, is prohibited.

4 Henderson Rules Rule #5: Each member of the academic community or an invited guest has the right to advocate her/his position without having to fear abuse-physical, verbal or otherwise-from others supporting conflicting points of view. Members of the community and other persons on the college grounds shall not use language or take actions reasonably likely to provoke or encourage physical violence by demonstrators, those demonstrated against, or spectators. Rule #6: Action may be taken against any and all persons who have no legitimate reason for their presence on any campus within the University/College, or whose presence on any such campus obstructs and/or forcibly prevents others from the exercise of their rights or interferes with the institution’s educational processes or facilities, or the rights of those who wish to avail themselves of any of the institution’s instructional, personal, administrative, recreational, and community services. Rule #7: Disorderly or indecent conduct on University/College-owned or controlled property is prohibited. Rule #8: No individual shall have in her/his possession a rifle, shotgun, or firearm or knowingly have in her/his possession any other dangerous instrument or material that can be used to inflict bodily harm on an individual or damage upon a building or the grounds of the University/College without the written authorization of such educational institution. Nor shall any individual have in her/his possession any other instrument or material which can be used and is intended to inflict bodily harm on an individual or damage upon a building or the grounds of the University/College.

5 Henderson Rules Rule #9: Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization is prohibited. Rule #10: The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal drugs or other controlled substances by University students or employees (in the workplace) on University/College Premises, or as part of any University/College activities is prohibited. Employees of the University must also notify the College Personnel Director of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace not later than five (5) days after such conviction. Rule #11: The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by students or employees on University/College premises or as part of any University/College activities is prohibited.

6 Sanctions Defined Admonition – an oral statement to the offender that she/he has violated University Rules. Warning – notice to the offender, orally or in writing, that continuation or repetition of the wrongful conduct, within a period of time stated in the warning, may be cause for more severe disciplinary action. Censure – written reprimand for violation of specified regulation, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanction in the event of conviction for the violation of any University regulation within a period stated in the letter of reprimand. Disciplinary Probation – exclusion from participation in privileges or extracurricular university activities as set forth in the notice of disciplinary probation for a specified period of time. Restitution – reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property. Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages. Suspension – exclusion from classes and other privileges or activities as set forth in the notice of suspension for a definite period of time. If a student is suspended for more than on term, the disciplinary penalty is a University-wide sanction. Expulsion – termination of student status for an indefinite period. The conditions of readmission, if any is permitted, shall be stated in the order of expulsion. If a student is expelled for more than one term, the disciplinary penalty is a University-wide sanction.

7 Procedures Once a written complaint has been filed against a student, the following procedures will be followed: A Student Disciplinary Hold (DD) will be placed on the student’s record which prevents him/her from registering, forwarding transcripts and obtaining final grades. This hold will remain on the student’s record until the complaint has been resolved. An appointment is made with The Student Judicial Affairs Officer to discuss the complaint against the student. At this meeting, a decision will be made as to whether to prefer formal disciplinary charges. At this meeting, with The Student Judicial Affairs Officer, a mutual agreement resolving the complaint between the student and the officer may be reached as provided for under Section 15, Article 3, of the Student Disciplinary Procedures of the City University of New York Bylaws Governing Student Behavior. If an agreement is not reached, the complaint becomes a disciplinary charge and will go before the Student-Faculty Disciplinary Committee. During this meeting, the committee will hear both sides of the disciplinary charge and will make their decision accordingly.

8 Procedures If the ruling is in favor of the student who is charged, then the case is officially closed and the Student Disciplinary Hold is removed. If the ruling is not in favor of the student, then the student may do one of the following: Either he/she will abide by the committee’s decision and fulfill the sanctions that were set forth by the committee or He/she can appeal to the President of the College If the student does appeal to College President then the following may be done: The President will over rule the Student-Faculty Disciplinary Committee and rule in the favor of the student or; The President will abide by the decision of the committee. If the student wishes, he/she may submit a final appeal to the Chancellor of the City University of New York. The Chancellor’s decision, whatever it may be, is final. For more information on the Bylaws of the City University that govern student behavior: ( ; click on Trustees; click on Bylaws of the Board of Trustees then proceed to Article 15)

9 Sources Peace Officers Counseling Center
Library Building, 3rd Fl. Library Building, Rm.428 Services for Students w/Disabilities Student Judicial Affairs Science Building, Rm Library Building, Rm.418


11 Academic Integrity Defined
Academic integrity is a commitment in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.” (From the Center for Academic Integrity)

12 Academic Integrity Policy Summary
Assessing students’ knowledge is an integral and necessary part of academic life. The educational process must provide opportunity for students to demonstrate understanding and knowledge in each of their courses and to have their command of subject matters and skills evaluated fairly by the faculty. Therefore, in preparing all assignments, exercises, and examinations, students should be guided by the most rigorous standards and academic honesty. It is essential that everyone believe it has been done fairly. Students at Queensborough are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors” (Academic Integrity Policy, p. 3)

13 Forms of Academic Integrity Violations
A. Plagiarism – The inclusion of someone else’s words, ideas or data as one’s own work without acknowledging the source. B. Fabrication – The use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. C. Cheating – An act or an attempted act of deception by which students seek to misrepresent that they have mastered information on an academic exercise that they have not mastered. D. Academic Misconduct – Any act to gain an undue academic benefit for oneself or to cause academic harm to another E. Falsification of Records and Official Documents F. -Any other serious violations of academic integrity as established by the professor

14 Examples of plagiarism
Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to: ·        Quoting another person's actual words, complete sentences or paragraphs, or entire piece of written work without acknowledgment of the source; Copying another person's actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theory even if it is completely paraphrased in one's own words, without acknowledgment of the source Borrowing facts, statistics or other illustrative materials that are not clearly common knowledge without acknowledgment of the source Copying another student's essay test answers Copying, or allowing another student to copy a computer file that contains another student's assignment, and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one's own Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments. When in doubt about rules concerning plagiarism, students are urged to consult with individual faculty members, academic departments, or recognized handbooks in their field.

15 Examples of fabrication
Examples of fabrication include but are not limited to: ·        Citation of information not taken from the source indicated. This may include the incorrect documentation of secondary source materials ·        Listing sources in a bibliography that are not directly used in the academic exercise ·        Submission in a paper, thesis, lab report or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, or fictitious data or evidence, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin or function of such data or evidence ·        Submitting as your own any academic exercises (e.g., written work, printing, musical composition, painting, sculpture, etc.) prepared totally or in part by another

16 Examples of cheating Examples of cheating include but are not limited to: Copying from another student's test paper Allowing another student to copy from a test paper  Unauthorized use of course textbook or other material such as a notebook or notes in any form to complete a test or other assignment Collaborating on a test, quiz or other project with any other person(s) without authorization Using electronic instruments, such as cell phones, pagers, etc., to obtain or transmit or to share information, when prohibited Participating in any academic exercise such as a test using the name of another person or permitting someone else to participate in such an exercise for oneself.

17 Examples of academic misconduct
 Examples of academic misconduct include but are not limited to: Taking an examination for another student. Asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you. Changing a graded exam and returning it for more credit. Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to two classes without consulting with instructors. Giving assistance or failing to report witnessed acts of academic misconduct/dishonesty. Depriving other students of access to library materials by stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing them Retaining, using or circulating examination materials which clearly indicate that they should be returned at the end of the exam. Intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student's work.

18 Falsification of Records
Examples of falsification: Forging signatures of authorization. Falsifying information on an official academic record. Falsifying information on an official document such as a grade report, letter of permission, drop/add form, ID card or other college document.

19 Rules and Procedures Once a faculty member determines that academic dishonesty has occurred, he/she can impose penalty that may include: A. reduction in grade B. assigning an F to the paper, exercise, test or quiz C. assigning an F for the course D. In certain cases, the instructor may also file a formal complaint with the chief student affairs officer, who after review may refer the case to the Student-Faculty Disciplinary Committee.  

20 Rules and Procedures The faculty member will then prepare a written summary of the investigation and penalties, send a copy to the chairperson of the academic department chairperson of the academic department will forward a copy to the affected student by registered or certified mail and by regular mail and a copy to the Office of Student Affairs. This report will inform the student of the right to appeal the action of the faculty member to the Chairperson of the Academic Department within thirty ( 30) days. That notification will also inform students of the consequences, should a second offense occur. Information about each case of academic dishonesty will be sent to the Office of Student Affairs and made part of the student record.

21 Rules and Procedures The Dean will maintain and review those records regularly for repeated pattern of violations of academic integrity When the Office of Student Affairs has knowledge that a student has committed two non-coincident violations of the Academic Integrity Code, the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee will take disciplinary action following the procedures of Article XV of the University Bylaws that may lead to suspension or expulsion (See: Click on: Trustees Click on: Bylaws of the Board of Trustees)

22 Faculty Report Form Incidents of suspected Academic Dishonesty (AIV-1)
It is necessary to complete this form to report any instance of suspected academic dishonesty. Make a copy for your records and the Academic Department Chairperson, and forward the original, along with copies of any supporting documentation to the Office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs ( L-418). Instructor Name:                                                                                                                             Department:                                                          Telephone No.:                                                  Address:                                                                                                                                 Course: ____________________________________ Course Section________________________________ Student Name:                                                                                SS#:                                        Address: ____________________________________________ Phone:______________________________ Date of Incident:                         Time of Incident__________ Location_______________________________ Type of Report:        Formal       Informal [indicate if resolution pending or matter resolved] Type of Incident:                    Cheating                    Plagiarism                 Fabrication_______________________ Academic Misconduct______ Falsification of Records and Official Documents ____ Other_________________ First Offense:_______________________ Second Offense: _______________________________________ Explanation of Incident:                                                                                                                     ==================================================================================== Your stated policy on academic integrity:    A failing grade on the activity       a final grade of F           Other (please explain) Did the student admit to the charge of cheating, plagiarism or other act of academic integrity?             Yes               No Signature of Faculty Member                                                                       Date                          __ The disciplinary sanctions above are outlined in a pamphlet entitled Academic Integrity Policy at Queensborough Community College available in Judicial Affairs (Library Building, Room 418), most offices on campus, Academic Departments and on the web at If you agree with the charge(s) and accept the academic sanction assigned, the sanction becomes final. If you disagree with the charges and/or the sanction imposed, you have the right to appeal the action of the instructor to the Chairperson of the affected Academic Department within thirty (30) days (see attached Appeal Form- AIV II). You should also note that one additional violation by the student will result in disciplinary action following the procedures of Article XV of the University Bylaws that may lead to suspension or expulsion . 

23 Faculty Report Form Incidents of suspected Academic Dishonesty (AIV-1)
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY VIOLATION II (AIV-II) (APPEAL FORM) Read the attached QCC policy, submit the application within thirty (30) days of the date on the letter advising you of a penalty awarded for academic dishonesty, mail application to the respective Department Chairperson. Student Name:                                                SS#:                                         Address:________________________________________ Telephone No.:                          _____________________________________________________ Department:_              __________________ Course: ________________ Date of Incident:                         Time of Incident__________ Location______________ Type of Incident:         Cheating        Plagiarism       Fabrication______ Academic Misconduct___ Falsification of Records and Official Documents__ Other_____________ Penalty for Academic Dishonesty:             A failing grade on the activity                 a final grade of F Other (please explain) ___________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Grounds for Appeal: (Attach supporting documentation to indicate the grounds on which you wish to appeal the imposed sanction) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Declaration: I have read and understand how the Academic Integrity Plan of Queensborough Community College applies to me. Signature___________________________________ Date ___________ ========================================================================= Office Use Only – Decision Application dismissed ____ Application upheld ____ Recommendation ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Chairperson’s name _____________________________ Date _________ Attachment: Academic Integrity Policy

24 How to Avoid Academic Dishonesty
Understand the importance of academic integrity Be aware of the rules Develop good study habits Don’t be afraid to ask for help Do not tolerate dishonesty among fellow students

25 How to Prevent Academic Dishonesty
Show students your concern for academic integrity Tell students what is expected of them Cultivate a perception of fairness Don’t unwittingly promote academic dishonesty Be aware of new and changing technologies Monitor carefully.

26 POLICY’S BASIC GOAL The primary purpose of this policy is not to punish, but to educate.


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