Students have both rights and responsibilities for citizenship overall, and for academic integrity specifically. Purdue University Calumet has several documents that outline the rights and responsibilities for citizenship. Students are responsible for understanding and abiding by the contents of these documents. This helps students to practice responsible citizenship. Practicing such responsibility, students maximize learning. They are more prepared to examine their lives as students as well as professionals and members of the global community.
Rights of Students
Students have a Bill of Student Rights, which outlines their rights. In processing cases for academic dishonesty, honoring and observing these rights provides the on-going respect for the student as a person, while at the same time, addressing the act of academic dishonesty. Also, ensuring observation of students’ rights will put the university in a good position with the courts should a student sue the University for any decision of the Honor Council.
Refer to the preamble of the Student Bill of Rights. In keeping with the spirit of this Preamble, students must bear the responsibility to act in accordance with the Purdue University Calumet Honor Pledge and Honor Code that are defined in this Academic Integrity web site.
When processing a case involving the Honor Pledge and Honor Code, the following must be observed:
• Students’ Rights at the time the alleged incidence of cheating is charged:
1. The instructor will make known to the student her/his decisions regarding sanctions for the alleged incident.
2. The charged student may withdraw from the class at the time the sanctions are made known to her/him, but only with the approval of the instructor.
3. If the student chooses to appeal the action of the instructor, then it will be the responsibility of the instructor, acting in consultation with the Honor Council Chairperson, to inform the student whether she/he will be allowed to continue attending the class during the appeal process. This does not apply if the appeal process occurs after the end of the semester.
4. The Honor Council Chairperson or designee must take appropriate steps to assure that students’ rights are protected per the Student Bill of Rights.
• Students rights at the hearing:
1. The student has the right either to speak at the hearing, or to have a written statement entered as part of the procedure; it is the responsibility of the student to inform the Chair of the Honor Hearing Procedure of her/his choice in a timely fashion, as established by the Honor Code.
2. The student shall be advised of her/his right to have one advisor present at the Honor Hearing Procedure. “Advisor” is not equivalent to legal counsel.
3. The instructor shall be advised of the student’s choice regarding the presence of an advisor and may also choose to have an advisor present at the Honor Hearing Procedure. The student shall be informed of the instructor’s choice in a timely fashion.
4. The student shall be advised of her/his right to have witnesses present at the Honor Hearing Procedure. If present, any party designated as a witness will be subject to questions by the member of the hearing panel, the student, or the instructor.
5. The instructor shall be advised of the student’s choice regarding the presence of any witness(es) and shall be informed of the identity of any such witness(es).
6. The outcome of the Honor Hearing Procedure may be appealed by the student as set forth in the Honor Hearing Procedure.
Responsibilities of Students
Having accepted the conditions and stipulations of the Honor Code, students are bound to conduct themselves honorably and truthfully in all matters involving allegations of infractions of the Honor Code.
1. The promise not to engage in dishonesty requires each student to avoid all behaviors which are contrary to a code of conduct which mandates integrity and truthfulness.
2. The promise not to tolerate dishonesty by other students mandates that each student will be responsible for identifying, reporting, or terminating all acts of dishonesty to which they are witnesses. If a student chooses not to confront a fellow student, the dishonesty may be reported to the instructor or to the Chairperson of the Honor Council.