Effective JULY 1, 2013, all academic misconduct issues are the responsibility of the University Provost office, specifically the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. This includes consultation, disciplinary referrals, educational outreach, and faculty assistance requests. Please direct all questions and referrals regarding academic misconduct to the Coordinator for Academic Misconduct, CAB 215, 615-898-2533. The new policy, III:00:08, can be accessed at http://www.mtsu.edu/policies/. All other disciplinary matters should still be directed to the Office of Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services.
The referenced information and procedures relate to academic integrity and misconduct as stated in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) state-wide Regulations on Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions 3:02:00:01 and the MTSU policy III:00:03 Student Disciplinary Code.
What is Academic Misconduct?
Academic misconduct may consist of acts of plagiarism, cheating or fabrication.
Why is Academic Misconduct So Important?
An education at Middle Tennessee State University is a very valuable resource. By committing an act of academic misconduct, a student not only cheats him/herself, but the university as a whole. The risks associated with misconduct greatly outweigh the "reward" of a better grade. It just isn't worth it.
What Happens if I Commit Academic Misconduct?
Middle Tennessee State University takes Academic Misconduct very seriously. There are numerous potential disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for those found to have committed academic misconduct. These penalties include, but are not limited to: failure of the course, written or verbal reprimand, suspension, and expulsion.
If you receive a letter notifying you of an allegation of academic misconduct, do not ignore it. It truly benefits you to be involved in the investigatory process.
Once there is a suspected case of academic misconduct, the student, department chair, and Coordinator of Academic Misconduct are contacted. The student and coordinator then have a meeting. Depending on the outcome of the meeting, the case either ends or is presented to a committee. For more detail regarding the investigatory process, see Policy III:00:08 and T.C.A. § 4-5-101.
A Quick Guide to Academic Misconduct. A great description of how academic misconduct works at Middle Tennessee State University.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). This is an extremely helpful site with both MLA and APA Style Formatting information.
How Not To Plagiarize. The University of Toronto has provided this resource to help students avoid committing plagiarism.