5. Student Conduct and Disciplinary Referrals
Classroom Conduct: No eating, drinking, or smoking is permitted in the classrooms. It is important that this policy be consistently enforced. Disruptive behavior should not be tolerated. Many instructors find it useful to make an explicit statement about disruptive behavior in their syllabus or in their introductory announcements for a course. Cases of disruptive behavior may be referred to the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility http://www.albany.edu/studentconduct/. Further guidelines on dealing with disruptive behavior are provided in Appendix 2 of this document.
Academic Dishonesty: This important matter is dealt with fully in the Undergraduate Bulletin and in other policy documents, which describe the main kinds of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, cheating, multiple submission, forgery, sabotage, falsification, unauthorized collaboration, and bribery. It is the student’s responsibility to know and to adhere to appropriate standards of academic integrity. The Office for Undergraduate Education recommends that faculty announce explicitly, and indicate on their syllabi, the unvarying expectation of academic integrity.
The main facts are as follows:
i. Reporting: All instructors must report in writing to the Office for Undergraduate Education every incident involving academic dishonesty by undergraduates and all sanctions they impose, along with a brief description of the offense. Use the form "Violation of Academic Integrity Report for Faculty" available from the home page of this website.
ii. Academic Penalties: Instructors have the right to impose appropriate academic (grade) sanctions for proven academic dishonesty. Such sanctions range from requiring resubmission of material, to a failing grade on an assignment, to a failing grade for the whole course.
iii. Disciplinary Penalties: Instructors may also refer cases of academic dishonesty to the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility in lieu of, or in addition to, any academic penalties they impose through their hearing process.You can contact that office (http://www.albany.edu/studentconduct/) or the Office for Undergraduate Education to discuss typical faculty practices in cases of academic dishonesty, as well as what appropriate sanctions for particular situations might be.