Definitions for Purposes of this Policy
“Academic Honesty” means performing all academic work without plagiarism, cheating, lying, tampering, stealing, giving or receiving unauthorized assistance from any other person, or using any source of information that is not common knowledge without properly acknowledging the source.
"Academic Dishonesty" means performing, attempting to perform, or assisting any other person in performing any academic work that does not meet this standard of academic honesty.
"Academic Work" means any act performed in connection with work required to be submitted, being prepared to be submitted, or actually submitted for academic advancement in connection with courses and programs offered by the university. Academic work includes, but is not limited to, dissertations, theses, examinations, exercises, quizzes, term papers, required drafts of assignments, required attendance, reports, performances, presentations, artwork, laboratory work, and scientific experiments. Academic work can take any form including, but not limited to, written, oral, magnetic or electronic form. Academic work includes, but is not limited to, work in connection with regular university courses or program of study (whether conducted at the Athens campus or other UGA location), independent study courses at any location, courses offered through the university's Continuing Education and Distance Learning Program at any location, or study abroad courses offered by the university.
"Academic Honesty Panel" means any group of panelists designated by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to review a particular accusation of dishonesty. Continued Discussion panels shall be made up of three students and two faculty members on each panel. In any case involving a graduate student, at least two student panelists shall be graduate students and at least one faculty panelist shall be a member of the graduate faculty. In any case involving a pharmacy student, at least two student panelists and one faculty panelist shall be from the College of Pharmacy.
“Advisor” means an individual who assists an instructor or student in preparing for a Continued Discussion or a meeting with the Multiple Violations Review Board.
"Chair" means a student member of each Academic Honesty Panel or Multiple Violations Review Board selected by the panel or board as the presiding officer.
"Day" means any calendar day in which the university operates, excluding Saturday, Sunday, and university holidays. The official academic calendar of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction shall be controlling for purposes of determining which days are university holidays. When a certain act must be completed within a certain number of days following a specified beginning date, the beginning date shall be excluded in computing the due date.
"Dismissal" means a minimum of three consecutive semesters after the term in which the current violation occurred during which the dismissed student is not allowed to be enrolled at the University of Georgia. Classes taken by the student at another school during the dismissal period will not be credited toward a UGA degree or calculated in the student’s overall GPA.
Readmission from dismissal is not automatic but determined by the Petitions Subcommittee of the Educational Affairs Committee. Appeals for readmission must be written and signed by the student and include information about the academic honesty violation(s).
"Expulsion" means permanent separation of the student from the university.
"Facilitator" means an instructor, staff member, administrator, or graduate student certified by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to assist an instructor and student in a fair and focused Discussion or to moderate a Continued Discussion. In the case of Continued Discussions, the Facilitator is not a member of the Academic Honesty Panel, does not vote to determine whether a violation occurred and does not participate in the private deliberations of the Panel. The Facilitator is authorized to decide all procedural matters prior to and during Discussion.
“Instructor” for purposes of reporting possible academic dishonesty, means any member of the university community approved to instruct or monitor instruction of students.
“Multiple Violations Review Board” means a group of two faculty members and one student selected by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to determine consequences for students with multiple violations of the university’s academic honesty policy. Each academic year, the Office of the Vice President for Instruction will select four faculty members and three students from the pool of certified Academic Honesty Panelists to serve in this role.
"Panelist" means any student or faculty member appointed by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to serve on an Academic Honesty Panel. All panelists must be certified by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction as qualified and willing to serve. All panelists must have completed an orientation session about this policy. Faculty panelists must be tenured or tenure-track. Student panelists must be currently enrolled at the University and provide a written application certifying that they have not violated the policy of academic honesty at this university or any other institution. The application to serve as a panelist constitutes authorization to the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to verify the accuracy of that certification.
“Subsequent Violation” means an additional violation that occurred after a previous violation has been resolved either by agreement after a Facilitated Discussion or by a Panel after a Continued Discussion.
"Suspension" means a defined term of at least one semester in which a student is not allowed to be enrolled at the university. Classes taken by the suspended student at another school during the period of suspension will not be credited toward a UGA degree or calculated in the student's overall GPA.
When the period of suspension has been completed, the student may return to the university if he/she meets UGA enrollment requirements.