Though there is no formal honor code at Benedictine University, students are expected to exhibit academic honesty at all times. Violations against academic honesty are always serious and may result in sanctions that could have profound long-term effects. The final responsibility for understanding the Academic Honesty Policy of the institution, as well as the specific policies for individual courses normally found in syllabi, rests with students. If any doubt exists about what constitutes academic dishonesty, students have the responsibility to talk to the faculty member.
Students should expect the members of their class to be academically honest. If students believe one or more members of the class have been deceitful to gain academic advantage in the class, students should feel comfortable to approach the faculty member of the course without prejudice. A student has the right to appeal a sanction. In all instances, the appeal process begins with the faculty member of the course. Details concerning the appeals process are given below (see Appealing a Sanction section). Written documentation must accompany an appeal explaining why the student finds the decisions made by the faculty member unsatisfactory.
A student cannot drop a course in which an AHP violation has occurred, if the violation results in a failing grade for the course, before the Academic Appeals Board overturns the sanction. If the Board overturns an AHP sanction, the student may drop the course, even after the drop date, should they choose to do so. A student will not be allowed to drop the course if the sanction is upheld.
If a student intends to continue the course (e.g., in the event that the Appeals Board overturns the sanction), they should continue to complete all work for the course.