MPH Academic Integrity and Honest Policy

Academic Integrity and Honesty Policy

The following Academic Integrity and Honesty Policy has been adopted by the faculty in the Department of Public Health.

Integrity is of the highest importance in the academic community and at The University of Southern Mississippi. Faculty, staff and students are expected to conduct themselves with complete honesty and integrity at all times.

Students are expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in the academic experiences both in and out of the classroom. Any student found guilty of dishonesty in any phase of academic work will be subject to disciplinary action.

The University and its official representatives may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of any form of academic dishonesty including but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, and multiple submissions.

Cheating:  the unauthorized giving, receiving, or use of material or information in examps, quizzes, assignments or other course work, or trying to do so with the attempt to influence a grade.
Plagiarism:  the use of ideas, data, or specific passages or others that are unacknowledged or falsely acknowledge, with the purpose of influencing a grade.  Any paraphrasing or quotation must be appropriately acknowledged.
Unauthorized collaboration:  Collaboration not explicitly allowed by the instructor to obtain credit for examinations or course assignments.
Multiple submissions:  presentation of a paper of other work for credit in two distinct courses without prior approval by both instructors.

1. If dishonesty is witnessed, discovered or brought to the attention of an instructor:

  • If an instructor witnesses, discovers or becomes aware of an event of student dishonesty, the instructor “may award failing grades either on the pertinent assignment or for the course; and, at their discretion, report the student to the Office of the Dean of Students for possible judicial proceedings under the University's Code of Student Conduct.  Academic dishonesty might involve cheating on examinations, plagiarism, or any violation of reasonable terms and conditions duly established on written course syllabi (USM Faculty Handbook, May 2007, p. 37).”
  • If the instructor refers the case to the dean of students of the university, “the dean of students will then investigate any such allegation, and if the dean, in his/her discretion, finds significant basis for the allegation, then the dean will deliver to the student a written notification that the disciplinary proceedings are being initiated (USM Student Handbook, p. 20).”
  • If the student is not satisfied and/or does not accept the decision of the instructor, the student may then appeal his/her case to the dean of students. If a disciplinary decision is appealed, no action will be taken except those measures necessary to ensure the safety of the university community and property and to promote an academic environment until the appellate process as described in the USM Student Handbook has been exhausted (adapted from USM Student Handbook, Disciplinary Procedures for Prohibited Conduct, Section D, p. 20).

2. If dishonesty is witnessed or discovered by another student:

  • If a student witnesses or discovers an event of academic dishonesty that student should report that event either to the instructor of the course in which the event occurred or directly to the dean of students.
  • Once the instructor or dean of students is made aware of the event of dishonesty, the procedures as described in section 1 above are to be followed.
  • Students are referred to sections on “Academic Honesty,” “Prohibited Conduct,” and “Disciplinary Procedures for Prohibited Conduct,” in the Student Handbook for information regarding the process and penalties for violation of the provisions contained in this policy and procedure.