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The Art of Education University believes academic integrity is essential to maintain the validity of all grades earned and to protect the integrity of the university, students, and graduates. Therefore, AOEU adheres to the highest standards in the assessment of student scholarly work. Academic integrity is a complex and university-wide commitment, especially for students and faculty. AOEU is committed to enrollment policies that support student success and maintain academic integrity.
AOEU’s responsibilities in upholding academic integrity include ensuring students understand the importance of the principles of academic integrity, and ensuring that students make adequate progress toward degree completion. Students are required to complete the master’s degree within five years. Repeated withdrawals, transfers, and retakes of courses are prohibited. This pattern, in essence, elongates the time period for a student to be successful over multiple terms.
Student responsibilities in upholding academic integrity include abiding by a commitment to submitting original work and giving appropriate credit to others’ work when credit is due. Cheating and plagiarism in any form are unacceptable academic behaviors and will not be tolerated.
All work submitted and/or presented by students must be original and properly credit all outside inspiration. Original, cited work includes, but is not limited to, individual and group assignments in written, oral, and electronic forms and any artistic creations. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:
Originality Detection Software
The Art of Education University uses an online originality detection system, which allows faculty to scan submitted coursework against academic journals, sources across the internet, and assignments previously submitted to AOEU. Faculty may also use search engines to detect similarities.
Graduate-Level Writing Requirements
Principles of academic integrity include ensuring that the quality of student work product is consistent with the degree level. Originality detection software not only detects plagiarism but also serves as a teaching tool to support proper academic writing. If a student’s abilities are deficient in graduate-level writing, The Art of Education University may require additional modules or tutorials to complete a course.
Violations, Disciplinary Probation, and Dismissal
Violations of academic honesty are cumulative throughout the student’s tenure at the university. Violations detected in two courses will result in Disciplinary Probation. Students violating the terms of Disciplinary Probation may be dismissed from the program.
Guidelines for Disciplinary Action
Depending on the severity of academic dishonesty, the faculty of record will work in conjunction with the Dean and/or Chief Academic Officer to determine appropriate sanctions. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to:
*Students dismissed from a course for Academic Integrity Policy violations are entitled to a tuition refund according to the Add/Drop, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement Policy.
Academic Dishonesty Investigation Process
Allegations of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the faculty of record and the appropriate academic administrator.
If a student is found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, they will receive written communication to the email address on file informing them of their violation and dismissal from the program.
A student’s course enrollment may require suspension during an investigation of a student’s violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. If the investigation concludes the student has not committed a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, they will be granted a course extension equal to the time of the suspension and investigation.
Students who are under investigation for academic dishonesty in one course are subject to have their entire academic record reviewed. If previous incidents of academic dishonesty are determined, whether or not they have been reported, the student is liable to have those assignment grades and course grades reviewed and amended, including the possibility of a failing grade issued for previously submitted assignments or courses. Past incidents can be considered when determining sanctions for the incident under review.
Academic Dishonesty: Multiple Course Violations
Students who already have one or more academic integrity violations on record from a previous course and incur additional course infraction(s) are subject to Disciplinary Probation and/or university dismissal.
Additional policy information may be found in the current edition of the Graduate Catalog.