In the process of learning, students acquire ideas from many sources and exchange ideas and opinions with classmates, professors, and others. This occurs in reading, writing, and discussion. Students are expected—often required—to build their own work on that of other people, just as professional researchers and writers do. Giving credit to someone whose work has helped one is courteous and honest. Plagiarism, on the other hand, is a form of fraud. Proper acknowledgment marks the difference.
A hallmark of the educated student is the ability to acknowledge information derived from others. The LS community expects that a student will be scrupulous in crediting those sources that have contributed to the development of his or her ideas. In particular, it is the responsibility of the student to learn the proper forms of citation. Refer to the LS “Academic Integrity Guide” posted on the Liberal Studies website.
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as though it were one’s own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as one’s own a sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer, a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work, or facts or ideas gathered, organized, and reported by someone else, orally and/or in writing. Since plagiarism is a matter of fact, not of the student’s intention, it is crucial that acknowledgment of the sources be accurate and complete. Even where there is no conscious intention to deceive, the failure to make appropriate acknowledgment constitutes plagiarism. Penalties for plagiarism range from a failing grade for a paper or a course to dismissal from the University.
Plagiarism is not, however, the only form of academic dishonesty. Any violation of or attempt to circumvent a course, program, or university academic policy is considered a breach of academic integrity. Examples of behaviors that compromise our intellectual and academic community include, but are not limited to, cheating on an examination; forging academic documents; attempting to gain an unfair advantage over other students on graded work; or facilitating any of these acts on the part of other students. Course materials such as syllabi, assignments, and test questions belong to the instructor and may not be reproduced or shared in any fashion without the instructor’s explicit written permission; to do so without written permission constitutes a punishable breach of academic integrity.
When an instructor finds that a student has violated the policy on academic integrity, the instructor will impose an appropriate sanction and also notify the Academic Affairs Office. Sanctions may range from a failing grade for the assignment to a failing grade for the course. The record of the finding will be kept on file.
In the event of a second violation of the policy, the matter will be referred to the Committee on Academic Standards. The committee treats all such violations seriously, and its review may result in the imposition of additional sanctions such as academic probation, suspension, or expulsion. Decisions of the committee may be appealed to the Dean of Liberal Studies. The deadline for appeals is 14 days from the date of the committee's decision.
Study Away Students
Students must adhere to NYU’s academic integrity policy while studying away at a global site. Students who are alleged to have violated the policy while studying away will be subject to review through the process prescribed by the University’s Study Away Policies and Procedures.
The Committee on Academic Progress monitors the academic performance of students and places students on academic warning and academic probation. It also makes recommendations on terminating students who have not made sufficient progress. Its decisions may be appealed to the Associate Dean of Students.
Students are expected to progress toward the degree and to remain in good standing. Good standing is defined as maintaining a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 in any semester will be placed on academic probation. Normally, these students will be expected to raise their GPA above 2.0 in the following semester or they will either be placed on terminal probation or dismissed from NYU. Students on terminal probation who do not make academic progress as stipulated in their notice of probation will be dismissed.
Students who receive a notice of academic dismissal after they have registered for the next semester are required to discontinue attendance and will have any registered courses dropped with a full refund of tuition for the upcoming semester.
Students who wish to contest their academic dismissal must appeal, in writing, to the Associate Dean of Students within 20 days of the notification of academic dismissal. After a review of the appeal, a decision will be rendered in writing.
Note: Students receiving federal or state financial aid or other forms of external financial aid are required to make “satisfactory progress.” It is the responsibility of the student to determine what effect any academic action taken against him or her may have on the student’s financial aid eligibility. Students receiving financial aid should note that the University’s Office of Financial Aid defines “satisfactory progress” for full-time students as maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 or better and completing at least three-quarters of all attempted credits..
Such progress is essential for students to remain eligible for student aid. Therefore, while I and W grades are not computed in a student’s grade point average, they will affect the student’s eligibility for financial aid. Students who have any questions about this can call the Office of Financial Aid at 212-998-4444 to determine if their financial aid is in jeopardy.
Student Conduct and Discipline
Students are expected to familiarize themselves and to comply with the rules of conduct, academic regulations, and established practices of the University and LS. Visit NYU Student Community Standards.
The following are examples of the offenses for which students may be subject to disciplinary action (please note, this list is not exhaustive): forgery of identification; deliberate destruction, theft, or unauthorized use of laboratory data, research materials, computer resources, or University property; disruption of an academic event, program, or class; actual or threatened violence or harassment; use, possession, or storage of any weapon, dangerous chemicals, fireworks, or explosives; hazing; and violations of any local, state, and federal laws. (Please see “Academic Integrity” for the sanctions process for violations of academic integrity, such as cheating, plagiarism, the forgery of academic documents, and other academic infractions.)
Complaints alleging a violation of the conduct policy and other University policies will be reviewed and adjudicated by LS (in intra-school cases) or by the NYU Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and Compliance (in inter-school cases). If a complaint involves a claim of sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual assault, Liberal Studies will follow the University’s standard procedures for responding to such incidents as outlined in the NYU Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy.
Students who violate Code of Conduct policies may be subject to disciplinary charges by the University Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
A member of the faculty, administration, staff, or any student may file a complaint against any student for a conduct offense with the Dean of the school in which the (accused) student is enrolled. Although a complaint may be filed at any time, it is strongly preferred that the complaint be submitted as soon as possible after the reporter/complainant became aware of the matter. A complaint should include a description of the incident giving rise to the complaint, the identity of the accused student(s), and the names of others who may have been present, observed the incident, or who otherwise have information related to the matter. In Liberal Studies, complaints should be filed in writing to the Associate Dean of Students in Liberal Studies, serving as the designee for the Dean (726 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY, 10003).
In instances in which both the complainant and the accused are within Liberal Studies, the LS Committee on Student Discipline (composed of members of the LS administration) will review and investigate the complaint. The Committee will also notify the student(s) named in the complaint/of the filing of the report/complaint and request to meet with those individuals. During the respective discussions, the students (Complainant and Accused) shall be informed of their rights and responsibilities within the student conduct process, be apprised of the University’s related procedures, and asked to discuss the incident giving rise to the report/complaint. Written notice of a filing of a formal complaint shall be given to the accused student.
The committee may impose the following sanctions:
- Warning: Notice to the student, in writing, that continuation or repetition of the conduct found wrongful, or participation in similar conduct, within a period of time stated in the warning, shall be cause for disciplinary action.
- Censure: Written reprimand for violation of specified regulation, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanction in the event of conviction for the violation of a school regulation within a period of time stated in the letter of reprimand.
- Disciplinary Probation: Exclusion from participation in privileges or extracurricular school activities as set forth in the notice of disciplinary probation for a specified period of time.
- Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property. Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.
- Suspension: Exclusion from classes and other privileges or extracurricular activities as set forth in the notice of suspension for a definite period of time. Students may not make academic progress at another institution and then transfer those credits back to NYU during the term of suspension. A student who has been suspended and who is not found to be responsible for the violation of school policy shall be allowed full opportunity to make up whatever work was missed due to the suspension.
- Monetary Fine: For any offenses.
- Dismissal: Termination of student status for an indefinite period. The conditions for readmission, if any are permitted, shall be stated by the panel in order of dismissal.
Both the Complainant and the Accused student will be notified in writing of the outcome of the complaint. Decisions of the Committee may be appealed to the Dean. No record of the disciplinary proceeding will be entered in the student’s file unless a final disciplinary sanction is found to be warranted.
Study Away Students
By enrolling in an NYU Academic Center away from Washington Square, a student assumes not only the rights and privileges of membership in a unique community but also the duties of citizenry associated with maintaining the values of the University community as well as those of the country in which the campus is located. On behalf of, and in conjunction with, its members, the University has a duty to address behavior that jeopardizes the health, safety, or welfare of its members; compromises the academic or intellectual process; disrupts the administrative and supporting services of the University; and/or shows a disrespect for the country and local community in which the center is located. Students who are alleged to have engaged in behavior that violates the Study Away Standard, New York University policies, and/or specific site policies will be subject to review through the student conduct process at the Academic Center and/or University level as deemed appropriate. For more information, refer to the Global Academic Centers: Conduct Process and Procedures.