Faculty Handbook 2014–15

Community Standards of Conduct

Office of Community Standards
Director: Melissa Jones
Tel.: (914) 251-6033
Administrative Assistant: Marcin Bielen
Tel.: (914) 251-6027
Fax: (914) 251-7996
Office: Student Services Building, Room 316C and 319
Email: saf.conduct@purchase.edu

The Office of Community Standards and the college’s disciplinary system promote individual student development and uphold the Community Standards of Conduct. These standards exist to create an atmosphere in which all members of the college community—students, faculty, administrators, staff, and other citizens—may feel secure in the constitutional and civil rights granted to them in the society at large, and that the conditions necessary for freedom of inquiry and expression, which are at the core of any academic community, are protected. The college’s disciplinary system facilitates students’ ethical development through education, behavioral consequences, developmental exercises, and when necessary, separation from the college.

The campus discipline process is an administrative, rather than a legal, process. The standard of proof used in campus disciplinary proceedings is “preponderance of the evidence” (i.e., more likely than not), a standard used in civil cases, rather than the higher standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt” used in criminal cases. Procedures are fair, respectful of student rights, and applied equally and consistently. The Office of Community Standards promotes campuswide understanding of this process through proactive initiatives and community outreach.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Because academic integrity and plagiarism are academic matters, the college’s policy on academic integrity is administered by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty in their academic work. Cheating, forgery, and plagiarism are serious offenses, and students found guilty of any form of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. The college’s policy on academic and professional integrity, published in the Student Handbook as part of the Community Standards of Conduct, is excerpted on the College Policies site.

The process for addressing an alleged violation of academic integrity is designed to be as simple as possible and to keep decision-making in the hands of the faculty. When a faculty member encounters an alleged violation, he or she notifies the student and schedules a meeting. Notification and resolution forms, plus a faculty guide, are available under Faculty Resources and Forms on the provost’s site.

If either the faculty member or the student is dissatisfied with the results of the meeting, he or she may refer the matter to the Academic Integrity Committee, from which a panel of two faculty members and one student, plus a nonvoting chair selected by the provost, will be selected to hear the case. Faculty members who have questions about the policies or procedures should call Rich Nassisi, the associate dean in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at (914) 251-6487.

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