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Semlink at Gordon-Conwell Theological SeminaryPlagiarism

The Seminary considers all breaches of personal and academic integrity to be serious offenses. As such, the seminary has a zero tolerance for such behaviors. Cheating involves, but is not necessarily limited to, the use of unauthorized sources of information during an examination. Duplication of course requirements involves the submission of the same (or substantially the same) work for credit in two or more courses without the knowledge and consent of the instructors.  Plagiarism involves the use of another person's distinctive ideas or words, whether published or unpublished, and representing them as one's own instead of giving proper credit to the source. The plagiarism policy applies to Semlink courses, including the online interactivity requirements such as discussion forums or email-based conversations. Any outside information must be quoted and referenced when used in interactive assignments, just as it would be in longer assignments.

 


All allegations of cheating and plagiarism are referred to the Judicial Committee. The Judicial Committee is a sub-committee of the Education Policy and Planning Committee with representatives from the faculty of all three academic divisions. The Judicial Committee is chaired by the Registrar of the Seminary.
Allegations and Appeals Process:

  1. A faculty member will identify and substantiate a suspected violation of academic integrity. The faculty member has the prerogative to meet with the student for clarification concerning the suspected violation of academic integrity.
     
  2. As soon as is reasonably possible, the faculty member will present the allegation to the Registrar.
     
  3. Within three business days, the Registrar will give written notification of the allegation and due process to the accused student.
     
  4. The student will have the option to respond in writing to the allegations within no more than ten business days of the Registrar's notification. This response must be directed to the Registrar.
     
  5. The Registrar will gather all appropriate information and present it to the Judicial Committee for action. The Judicial Committee will have ten business days to meet, review the case, and render a decision. The student has the right to appear before the Judicial Committee to defend his/her case and may do so by making a request to the chair of the Judicial Committee prior to the meeting.
    • Those who violate the seminary's policy on cheating and plagiarism will be subject to one or more of the following penalties: a failing grade on the assignment in question; a failing grade for the course; suspension from the seminary; dismissal from the seminary; or revocation of degree. Other penalties, if any, may be assigned at the committee's discretion.
    • Matters may also be referred to the Guidance Committee and/or the Dean of Students at the discretion of the Judicial Committee.
       
  6. Within three business days of receiving the Judicial Committee's decision, the Registrar will send written notification of the decision to the student and all appropriate offices.
     
  7. If the student so desires, he/she may appeal the Judicial Committee's decision by submitting a written petition to the Academic Dean within ten business days.
     
  8. Within ten business days, the Academic Dean will send written notification to the student and all appropriate parties of his/her decision to uphold or change the Judicial Committee's original decision.
     
  9. If the student so desires, he/she may appeal the Academic Dean's decision by submitting a written petition to the President within ten business days.;
     
  10. Within ten business days, the President will send written notification to the student and all appropriate parties of his/her decision to uphold or change the Academic Dean's original decision. The President's decision will be final.
     
  11. If a student is scheduled to graduate while an allegation is in process or under appeal, the above process will be accelerated if reasonably possible. If the allegation is not fully resolved at the time of graduation, the student will be permitted to participate in the graduation exercises but he/she will not receive a diploma until the issue has been resolved. Reasonable deviations from these procedures will not invalidate a decision or proceeding unless significant prejudice to the student may result.

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