2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Academic Honesty Policy

Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for maintaining a proper learning environment at Wentworth. All students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct, the Wentworth Creed and all published Wentworth policies and procedures to satisfy the general requirements for graduation with regard to their character. All instances of academic dishonesty and misconduct will be considered violations of this requirement. Wentworth takes violations of academic honesty and cases of academic misconduct very seriously. Sanctions include, but are not limited to: a reduced grade for the assignment, a grade of “0” for the assignment, “F” for the course, removal from a course, Institute suspension or Institute expulsion.

A. Academic Honesty Violations

Students at Wentworth are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Listed below is a non-exclusive description of many forms of academic dishonesty and misconduct that may arise. Any expectations set forth by a faculty member constitute the standard to be used in that particular class.

  1. Cheating
    Cheating can be manifested in many forms, including:
    • Copying from another student’s paper;
    • speaking to, or collaborating with, another person without permission during an exam;
    • mailing your material by computer to others;
    • allowing another student to copy from a test;
    • using materials such as calculators, notes, or books during an exam without permission;
    • tracing someone else’s drawings unless instructed to do so;
    • resubmitting a paper written for one class to a different class without permission;
    • collaborating outside of class when not permitted;
    • taking information from someone’s computer without permission;
    • submitting materials from a website as one’s own.
  2. Fabrication
    Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include:
    • citation of information not taken from the source indicated;
    • listing sources in a bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes that are not used in the academic exercise;
    • submitting work done by another, in part or in whole, as one’s own (including materials from a website).
  3. Plagiarism
    Plagiarism is the submission or inclusion of someone else’s words, drawings, ideas, or data (including that from a website) as one’s own work without giving credit to the source. When sources are used in a paper or drawing, acknowledgement of the original author or source must be made through appropriate references (footnotes, endnotes) or if directly quoted, quotation marks or indentations must be used. Even if another person’s idea, opinion, or theory is paraphrased into your own words, you can be accused of plagiarism. The same holds true for drawings. Only when information is common knowledge may a fact or statistic be used without giving credit. Plagiarism also prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of papers or other academic materials.
  4. Academic Misconduct
    Academic misconduct is the violation of Institute academic policies or infringement on the rights of others to receive an education. Examples include:
    • stealing, buying or obtaining all or part of a test;
    • selling or giving away all or part of an un-administered test, including answers;
    • bribing any other person to obtain information about a test;
    • entering an office for the purpose of changing a grade in a grade book, on a test, or on other work for which a grade is given;
    • changing, altering or being an accessory to the changing/altering of a grade or any official academic record of the Institute;
    • forging faculty member’s signatures on Institute forms;
    • using someone else’s work, including submission of material from a website as one’s own.
    • behavior unbecoming a student in an academic venue. Academic venues include, but are not limited to, the classroom, laboratory, studio, shops, site visits, program or department conferences, a museum and a factory.

B. Procedures for Handling Academic Honesty Violations

The Wentworth faculty and administration have developed a set of procedures to investigate and determine whether or not undergraduate and graduate students have engaged in violations of academic honesty. Information about this process can be found on the Academic Affairs website: http://www.wit.edu/academic-honesty.

Students who suspect another classmate of academic dishonesty can either talk directly to the Faculty member or call EthicsPoint anonymously (855-353-9143 or EthicsPoint Online: http://wit.ethicspoint.com) Cases submitted through EthicsPoint will be assigned to the Director of Academic Operations for further investigation and processing.