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 Community Standards  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 which describes the main kinds of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, cheating, multiple submission, forgery, sabotage, falsification, unauthorized collaboration, and bribery. Effective Fall 2013, the Standards of Academic Integrity were  revised. The 2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin is your source for the current policy.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and to adhere to appropriate standards of academic integrity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education urges that faculty announce explicitly the unvarying expectation of academic integrity. Faculty must indicate on their syllabi information about academic integrity, including where possible the Undergraduate Bulletin link to the University's Standards of Academic Integrity:
http://www.albany.edu/undergraduate_bulletin/regulations.html.

The main facts are as follows:

  • Reporting: all instructors must report in writing to the Office of the Vice Provost 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.
  • 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. You can contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education to discuss typical faculty practices in cases of academic dishonesty, as well as what appropriate sanctions for particular situations might be.
  • Disciplinary Penalties: instructors may also request that cases of academic dishonesty be forwarded to Community Standards for further adjudication at this higher level, and, potentially, further sanction.