ARC-PA 5th ed. Standards A3.15g
As students willingly accept the benefits of membership in the Gardner-Webb academic community, which was founded on the ideals of Christianity, they acquire obligations to observe and uphold honesty, integrity, and truthfulness.
Gardner-Webb University expects its graduate students and faculty to display academic integrity. As in any community, this institution must be governed by regulations, which function best when they are fully understood, accepted, and cherished by every member of the academic community. Therefore, all graduate students and faculty members are expected to be familiar with and to base their actions upon, the following statements regarding academic integrity.
The Code of Academic Integrity governs the responsibility of students in the various graduate programs of Gardner-Webb University to maintain integrity in academic work, defines violations of the standards, describes procedures for handling alleged violations of the standards, and lists applicable penalties.
The committee decides whether to uphold or overturn the faculty member’s allegation and the proposed punishment. It reports its findings to the Graduate Council, the faculty member, and the student.
A graduate student who fails a course due to academic dishonesty will receive a grade of Fx on his/her transcript and then be dismissed from the program. Please refer to the Dismissal Policy.
Should a student be accused of an infraction, an APC Subcommittee may be requested by the accused to review the circumstances surrounding the accusation and validity of the infraction. This committee will be made up of three (3) APC members appointed by the program director. Upon concluding an investigation, this committee will decide whether to uphold or dismiss the accusation. The findings of each investigation will remain confidential, disclosed to the accused, the accuser, and the program director unless an investigation reveals the guilt of student(s), at which time the APC Chair will be informed. At that time, the following will occur: