Academic Leadership Toolkit
Academic Honor Policy
- To actively engage students and faculty in preventing academic dishonesty.
- To sanction appropriately those who violate the policy and deter second offenses.
Authority and Responsibility:
- Instructors have authority to enter into Step 1 agreements with students who have no prior record of academic dishonesty.
- Teaching Assistants may enter into Step 1 agreements with approval from supervising faculty.
- Department chairs and deans are responsible for ensuring that the policy is being followed in their units.
- The Academic Administrator in the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement is responsible for campus-wide implementation of the policy and support for faculty.
- The associate deans in the Dean of Students Department are responsible for helping students understand their rights within the process.
Common Pitfalls and Misconceptions:
- Instructors sometimes fail to warn students about unauthorized collaboration, especially within online platforms, and students often do not view collaboration as a violation.
- Instructor lack of knowledge regarding the process or unwillingness to go forward sometimes keeps cases from being pursued.
- Allegations are handled outside the process and are never documented as Step 1 agreements. Thus, they do not create official prior records and result in grade changes that have no basis in policy.
- The Academic Honor Policy is found at here, along with related resources.
- Forms involved in the process can be accessed electronically. Academic Administrator Ann DelRossi (firstname.lastname@example.org or 644-6876) serves as the primary faculty resource regarding the policy.
- The University has a site license that makes “turn-it-in.com” available to any FSU instructor.
- Faculty Handbook, Section 7