Academic Integrity issues are the responsibility of the Office of the University Provost, specifically the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. This includes consultation, disciplinary referrals, educational outreach, and faculty assistance requests. Please direct all questions and referrals regarding alleged academic integrity violations to Michael Baily, Director of Academic Integrity CAB 111, (615) 898-2533. All other disciplinary matters should still be directed to the Office of Student Conduct.
The referenced information and procedures relate to academic integrity and misconduct as stated in University Policy 312, Academic Misconduct, revised June 5, 2017.
What is an Academic Integrity Case?
Academic integrity violations may consist of acts of plagiarism, cheating, or fabrication.
- Plagiarism: The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one's own without proper attribution. This includes self-plagiarism, which occurs when an author submits material or research from a previous academic exercise to satisfy the requirements of another exercise and uses it without proper citation of its reuse.
- Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination.
- Fabrication: Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Why is Academic Integrity So Important?
An education at Middle Tennessee State University is a very valuable resource. By committing a violation of academic integrity, a studnet not only cheats him/herself, but the university as a whole. The risks associated with this violation greated outweigh the "reward" of a better grade.
What Happens if I Have Been Acccused of a Violation of Academic Integrity?
Once a suspected case of academic integrity is submitted, the Director of Academic Integrity contacts the student. The Director will notify the student via their MTSU email as to the alleged violation and a scheduled time for the student and the Director to meet. The student will receive this message:
The student will need to click on Pick up your letter to retrieve the letter.
If you receive an email notifying you of an allegation of academic integrity violation, do not ignore it. It truly benefits you to be involved in the investigatory process. Failure to retrieve the letter or attend the scheduled meeting will result in the student’s case being heard in absentia.
The student and Director then have a meeting. Depending on the outcome of the meeting, the case either ends or is presented to the Academic Integrity Committee. For more detail regarding the investigatory process, see Policy 312 and T.C.A. § 4-5-101.
Students found responsible for a violation of academic integrity, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are assigned appropriate sanctions. The faculty member has the authority to assign an appropriate grade for the exercise or examination, or to assign an F in the course, as is proportional to the nature and extent of the academic integrity violation. Outside of the grade penalty, there are numerous potential disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for those found to have committed a violation of academic integrity. These penalties include, but are not limited to: verbal or written reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion from MTSU.
- 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.
- MTSU Writing Center