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It’s almost silly to state the obvious: in the business of educating to learn facts, truth and to gain understanding, a commitment to academic integrity is core.
But we realize that well meaning people can have moments when recognizing and making difficult choices is not always clear at the time. Here is our effort to put our immutable commitment to academic veracity and conduct – and our expectations around it – down in black and white.
A community built on principles of Christlikeness sets a very high standard! To put this into human terms, here is what we expect of each of the three broad groups of the university community: faculty, staff, students.
The Lipscomb University Faculty Commitment to Integrity
The Lipscomb University Staff and Administrative Personnel Commitment to Integrity
The Lipscomb University Student Commitment to Integrity
Lipscomb University students, faculty and staff are responsible for conducting themselves with high integrity, both inside and outside of the academic setting. Having an awareness of what constitutes “academic fraud” is helpful to everyone. Just in case there is any question about how we define violations of academic integrity, here is a list of the key “definitions.”
Students don’t have to go it alone! Lipscomb faculty and staff are always available to discuss issues of academic integrity. In fact, faculty members are encouraged to champion an atmosphere of academic integrity in the classroom in several ways:
Lipscomb University subscribes to a specific process in dealing with violations of academic integrity that begins with the instructor’s investigation and can go through to review and action by the university’s Integrity Council.
Faculty member observes or discovers an academic integrity violation:
A third party notifies an instructor of an academic integrity violation:
There are three situations in which an academic integrity violation has recourse to the Lipscomb University Integrity Council, whose decisions are final:
This group is the final arbiter in cases of academic integrity violation. Their decisions surrounding cases brought before them are final.
The faculty members for each hearing will be elected by the Academic Advisory Committee of the Faculty Senate and will serve a two-year term. The student representatives will be nominated by the deans and department chairs of each college. If a student member of the Integrity Council has a conflict of interest in a particular case, another student from the Council will be selected for the hearing.
Student representatives must meet the following qualifications for nomination:
Those student nominees who meet these qualifications and agree to serve on the Integrity Council will serve for one academic year beginning in June.
If a student appearing before the Integrity Council is a graduate student, the two student representatives shall also be graduate students.
The Provost is a standing member of the Integrity Council. The Provost may designate a member of the administration or the faculty to be his representative on the Integrity Council.
The Integrity Council will select two officers.
In the event of a faculty vacancy, the Academic Advisory Committee of the Faculty Senate will nominate and choose an eligible faculty member.
If the chair chooses to abdicate his/her position, then the Provost will select a new chair to preside. If the Provost serves as the chair and decides to step down then he/she will choose a replacement. If the Integrity Council finds the administrator to be in violation of the policies or regulations of the university then the council can report these wrong doings to the Provost for proper dismissal.
The Integrity Council will meet to hear cases of academic integrity violations in a timely manner as they occur. The Integrity Council will meet as needed to review and make recommendations regarding policies and procedures.
Regardless of the source of the referral to the Integrity Council, all appeals will be heard in order to ensure a fair process.
Hearings will convene within five business days of the filing of the disposition form, subject to extenuating circumstances (including, without limitation, summer break or other calendar breaks in the academic year).