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Institute Policies

Policy on Academic Honesty

KGCOE HONOR PRINCIPLES: RIT Engineering faculty, staff and students are truthful and honorable, and do not tolerate lying, cheating, stealing, or plagiarism.

All members of our community are expected to abide by these principles and to embrace the spirit they represent. We each have a responsibility to address any unethical behavior we observe; either through direct discussion with the offending party, or by discussion with an appropriate faculty or staff member. Allowing unethical behavior to continue unchallenged is not acceptable.

Rochester Institute of Technology does not condone any form of academic dishonesty. Academic Dishonesty falls into three basic areas: cheating, duplicate submission and plagiarism (refer to http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/advising/handbook.pdf pages 19-20 for more information).

Due to the multi-disciplinary team nature of senior design, students may have questions about what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable actions on group assignments. When in doubt, take care to document all sources, and fully disclose all collaborations that may take place. If you have specific examples or questions about particular situations that you may encounter, please share your questions in writing with your faculty guide. The faculty guides will add clarifying examples to this table, over time, to help you understand your responsibilities.

Throughout Design Project Management, Multi-disciplinary Senior Design I, and Multi-disciplinary Senior Design II, the following specific conditions exist in regards to academic honesty:
Course Element Specific Conditions
Individual Task Collaboration of any kind is disallowed. the intent of this task is to challenge the individual contributor to demonstrate their abilities on the task at hand. If any external published resources are needed by the individual in the completion of the task (such as books, or articles, etc), then every such source should be fully cited and documented in the submittal.
Group Task Student collaboration is encouraged. All members of the group assigned to complete this task (which may be your design team, a subset of your design team, or group members cutting across multiple design teams) are expected to participate fully in the task; one submission is required from each group associated with the task, and each contributor to the task should be identified as an author on the submittal associated with the task. In particular, please note that these guidelines apply not only to finished products and deliverables completed by the design team for the whole course, but also to internal progress tasks that the team may self-define within their working structure.
All Tasks All tasks must be completely documented in regards to references used (books, technical articles, patents, web sites, etc.) and assistance obtained from individuals other than the course instructor or faculty guide. Proper documentation would include source, date, and extent of information gained through that source. When in doubt, cite your source.

Any act of Academic Dishonesty will incur the following consequences. After notifying and presenting the student with evidence of such misconduct, the instructor has the full prerogative to assign a lower grade, including an "F" for the offense itself or for the entire course. If after careful review of the evidence, the instructor decides that the student's actions are indeed misconduct and warrant a penalty, the instructor will add a letter to the student's file in his or her home department (copy to the student, Department Head and the Dean) documenting the offense. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the student may also be brought before the Academic Conduct Committee of the College in which the offense occurred, and may face academic suspension or dismissal from the Institute. The student has the right to appeal any disciplinary action as described in section D17.0 "Academic Conduct and Appeals Procedures" and D18.0 "RIT Student Conduct Process" of the Institute Policies and Procedures Manual.

Academic Accommodations Policy

Students requesting academic accommodations may choose to present documentation regarding their accommodation to their course instructor or faculty guide. NTID supported students should schedule interpreting services through their regular channels, to request support for team meetings and activities, etc.


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