Piedmont University's Academic Integrity Policy
In accordance with the Mission and Core Values of Piedmont University, it is the responsibility of each member of the Piedmont community to promote an atmosphere of academic integrity and an understanding of intellectual honesty that adheres to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.
To protect intellectual and scholarly integrity, the University imposes strict penalties for academic dishonesty, which is defined as follows.
This additional statement appears on the syllabus for every course at the University in the section Directives on Completion of Student Work.
Course activities designated as quizzes, tests and exams are always to be completed by a student individually and without assistance from other people or resources UNLESS permission for collaboration or the use of external resources is explicitly permitted by the course professor(s).
Hence all quizzes, tests and exams are to be considered closed-book/closed-notes and closed-internet (e.g., Google searches). Artificial intelligence apps are also banned on quizzes, tests and exams unless explicitly permitted by the course professor(s).
The current version of the Academic Integrity Policy is available in the 2022-2023 edition of the University's Undergraduate Catalog. This policy is also applicable to graduate students.
All faculty must consistently follow the correct procedures in dealing with cases of academic integrity. Individual decisions or exceptions cannot be made.
1. The faculty member making the complaint will provide to the Dean of the College where the course resides a signed statement fully describing the act of dishonesty, naming persons involved and witnesses, and listing all physical evidence. All physical evidence is to be secured, if possible, by the Dean.
2. The Dean will provide the student involved with written notification of the accusation of academic dishonesty, the identity of the faculty member making the complaint, and the procedures for resolving the case.
3. The Dean will review the case based on the evidence presented, taking into consideration any recommendations of the instructor responsible for the academic exercise in which the act of academic dishonesty is alleged to have occurred. The Dean will make the final judgment and will provide the student written notification of the disposition.
4. A student may ask for a reconsideration by the Dean if there are new facts or extenuating circumstances that were not brought to light in the initial review.
5. A student may appeal the decision of the Dean to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Such an appeal would focus only on procedural due process issues.
All course grades would count in computing the cumulative GPA.
The current version of the policy document Academic Integrity-Student Violations is available in the 2022-2023 version of the University's Undergraduate Catalog. This policy is also applicable to graduate students.