GVSU Student Code regarding Integrity of Scholarship and Grades:


Truth and Honesty. The principles of truth and honesty are recognized as fundamental to a community of teachers and scholars. The University expects that both faculty and students will honor these principles, and in so doing protect the validity of University grades. This means that all academic work will be done by the student to whom it is assigned without unauthorized aid of any kind. Instructors, for their part, will exercise care in the planning and supervision of academic work, so that honest effort will be positively encouraged. Compliance shall include compliance with the following specific rules: 

  1. No student shall knowingly, without authorization, procure, provide or accept any materials which contain questions or answers to any examination or assignment. 
  2. No student shall, without authorization, complete, in part or in total, any examination or assignment for another person. 
  3. No student shall, without authorization, allow any examination or assignment to be completed, in part or in total, by another person. 
  4. No student shall knowingly plagiarize or copy the work of another person and submit it as his/her own. 
  5. No student shall submit work that has been previously graded, or is being submitted concurrently to more than one course, without authorization from the instructor(s) of the class(es) to which the student wishes to submit it.

Section 223.01: PLAGIARISM.

Any ideas or material taken from another source for either written or oral presentation must be fully acknowledged. Offering the work of someone else as one's own is plagiarism. The language or ideas taken from another may range from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs to entire articles copied from books, periodicals, speeches or the writings of other students. The offering of materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment also is considered plagiarism. Any student who fails to give credit in written or oral work for the ideas or materials that have been taken from another is guilty of plagiarism.


It is the instructor's responsibility to establish a classroom atmosphere that fosters academic honesty on the part of the students. If any instance of academic dishonesty is discovered by an instructor, he/she will notify the student and discuss the incident. After discussing the alleged act of academic dishonesty with the student, the instructor will make a decision. Depending on the instructor's judgment of the particular case, he/she may do nothing, impose additional course  requirements, ask the student to repeat the work in question, or give a failing grade for the assignment, examination or the entire course. Any time an instructor imposes such a failing grade for academic dishonesty, the Dean of Students, the Dean(s) of the Academic Division or Autonomous School in which the course is taught and in which the student is a major, if different, should be notified of the failing grade.

Section 223.03: STUDENT APPEAL.

The student who receives a failing grade based on a charge of academic dishonesty may appeal to the Academic Dean responsible for the course. In doing so, the "Student Academic Grievance Procedures" as published in the current Grand Valley State University catalog are to be utilized.


In instances of academic dishonesty where the instructor feels that more serious action than a failing grade in the course is warranted, the instructor will notify the appropriate Dean(s) of the Division or Autonomous School in which the course is taught and in which the student is a major, if different, and the Vice-President responsible for Student Services, or a designee, in writing of the circumstances. The appropriate academic Dean(s) may then refer the case to the University Judiciary which shall have original jurisdiction.

Last Modified Date: February 11, 2009
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