ACE students are expected to uphold standards of student behavior and respect academic integrity. The Academic Integrity and Standards of Student Behavior policies are published in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. As a faculty member, you should expect and hold students to these standards. If a student is in violation of these policies, please contact your direct supervisor immediately or follow the appropriate processes to report the violation.
American College of Education expects students to exhibit academic integrity throughout their educational experience and to avoid all forms of academic dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty, which includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, abuse of resource materials, fabrication, conspiracy to plagiarize, publicly posting or utilizing unauthorized publicly posted work on ACE systems or third-party websites or domains, or cheating on an examination or other academic work, is subject to disciplinary action. Student work created for a specific assignment in a course will be subject to plagiarism sanctions if reused for any other purpose.
Exception: If a student retakes a course, the student is required to meet all course requirements, including current discussion board postings. The student may resubmit assignments from the same course. All coursework in the retaken course will be reevaluated. The student is responsible for communicating with the instructor about the re-submission of assignments.
For questions regarding self-plagiarism, students should visit the College’s Writing Center for assistance.
Students are allowed to reference course materials while taking tests due to their emphasis on application; however, exams must be taken independently.
Academic Integrity/Plagiarism Reporting
If an ACE faculty member believes a student has violated the Academic Integrity Policy, the faculty member should submit the “Academic Integrity/Plagiarism Reporting Form” available in Faculty Commons. These reports will be routed to the department/program leadership for further review.
Standards of Student Behavior
A college is a marketplace of ideas, and in the course of the search for truth, it is essential that freedom exists for contrary ideas to be expressed. American College of Education students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the College’s academic community. This requires the demonstration of mutual respect and civility in academic and professional discourse. As such, it is mandatory students interact with other students and all College faculty, administrators, and staff with respect and in a professional manner.
Conduct that is determined to impair the opportunities of others to learn or that disrupts the orderly functions of the College will be deemed misconduct and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:
- Actions, verbal statements, written statements and/or online statements which may be construed as cyber bullying and/or written statements which may be used to intimidate, threaten or violate the personal safety of any member of the faculty, staff, or other students, or any conduct which interferes with the educational process or institutional functions.
- Harassment - sexual, racial, ethnic or otherwise - that has the effect of creating a hostile or offensive educational environment for any student, faculty, or staff member.
- Disruptive behavior, such as but not limited to harassment, verbal insults, ethnic and/or racial slurs, that hinders or interferes with the educational process.
- Violation of any applicable professional codes of ethics or conduct and College and program dispositions, where applicable.
- Failure to comply promptly with any reasonable directive from faculty or College officials.
- Failure to cooperate in a College investigation.
- Carrying of weapons on campus, at campus sanctioned events, or when meeting with campus personnel.
- Using or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while in class, at College-sanctioned events, or when meeting with College personnel.
- Cheating - using or attempting to conspire to use unauthorized materials, information, copying another student’s work, or study aids in any academic exercise.
- Fabrication - falsification or invention of any information, citation, or document, or lying during a College investigation.
- Hazing (any action which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any College sanctioned organization).
- Violation of the academic integrity policy, information technology policy, College regulations and policies, and any violation of federal, state, or local laws or regulations that impacts the College’s educational environment.
While an alleged violation of the Standards of Student Behavior or Academic Integrity is being investigated, a student may be removed from class, College-sanctioned events, or other College functions. If a violation is found, disciplinary action will be based on the seriousness of the situation and may include, but not be limited to, documented counseling by a College staff member, loss of credit, suspension and/or dismissal. In all cases, College officials will take action in accordance with College policies and procedures. The Student Handbook outlines all procedures related to disciplinary actions.