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Plagiarism Procedures for Students
Steps for Students Who Have Received an Academic Integrity Violation Notice
If you have been contacted by your instructor about a possible academic integrity violation, respond to all communication as quickly as possible.
Your teacher will request a conference with you to address the issue of academic integrity and explain why your work may be considered plagiarized. Your teacher may request that the associate director of first-year composition attend your conference.
- At your face-to-face conference with your instructor, bring all documents you have that will help demonstrate your composing process of the assignment in question, including drafts, notes, final draft, etc.
- Your teacher will invite you to talk about your paper in part or in whole, to address your comprehension of the sources, the organization of your work, the details of your writing style, and/or your choice of words.
- Your instructor may also address the relationship of any in-class writings and assignments to your submitted work in question; in particular, as it relates to your writing abilities and writing style.
- You may be requested by your teacher to rewrite your submitted work in part or in whole as part of an assessment of your academic integrity.
- You may be asked other questions that will give you opportunities to best explain your writing process.
- If you are a member of an online course, your meeting may take place via Skype or similar voice conferencing tool.
- If you fail to attend the scheduled conference to discuss your work in question, your teacher may make a decision in your absence and send a detailed email to you, explaining his or her decision.
Following your conference, your instructor will make a decision on the integrity of your work and will inform you of the decision and any consequences. In the case that a decision is not rendered at the teacher-student meeting, you will be notified by the teacher once a decision has been made. When your instructor informs you about the decision, be sure you understand exactly what it means, either by asking him or her for clarification or by reading the appropriate sections of the current USF Undergraduate Catalog.
Understanding the Student Grievance Procedure
Students should familiarize themselves with the Student Academic Grievance Procedures outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog as well as
[See "(5) Additional Undergraduate Guidelines for Academic Dishonesty" in the current USF Undergraduate Catalog].
"An 'Academic Grievance' is a claim that a specific academic decision or action that affects that student's academic record or status has violated published policies and procedures, or has been applied to the grievant in a matter different from that used for other students. Grievances may relate to such decisions as the assignment of a grade seen by the student as incorrect or the dismissal or failure of a student for his or her action(s). Academic grievances will not deal with general student complaints"(USF 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog, 56).
If you have been assigned a grade of “FF,” indicating plagiarism or other academic dishonesty, and you intend to file a grievance, follow the steps listed under Student Academic Grievance Procedures outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please note that a student's sense of contrition and/or self-reproach surrounding an admitted academic violation cannot serve as the underlying basis for an academic grievance
"FF" Grievance Class Continuation
If you decide you have reason to file a grievance, you should first schedule an appointment with Dr. Donnelly, Associate Director of First-Year Composition to discuss the basis of your appeal, and review, as needed, the grievance procedure. Following this meeting, you will be asked to prepare a formal letter that includes a short (usually 250 words or fewer) description of the incident from your perspective. Attached to this letter, you may include any documents to support your explanation. This letter can be sent via email to Dr. Donnelly at (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or you may seal the letter in an envelope addressed to Dr. Donnelly and mail it (Department of English, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. CPR 107, Tampa, FL 33620-5550), or have the letter placed in her mailbox (CPR 358F).
Your grievance, along with all material submitted by you and your instructor, will be reviewed by a special committee in accordance with university policy for departmental grievance committees (that does not include your teacher, the director or associate director of first-year composition), convened by the Department of English, and you will be informed of the results in writing within three (3) weeks.
If you decide you have reason to grieve the departmental resolution and wish to proceed further, you may petition the college grievance committee. See the Student Academic Grievance Procedures
outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog for the appropriate procedure.
Note: a student who has received an "FF" in the course cannot officially withdraw his or her enrollment from the class. Any student who does withdraw from the class, will be re-enrolled by the Office of the Register so that the final grade may be posted.
- If the instructor’s decision to assign an “FF” grade in the course comes before semester’s end and you choose to file a grievance, you have the right to continue completing assignments in the class during the grievance review process. However, you must formally notify the instructor by email that you intend to continue completing assignments.
- If your appeal is unsuccessful, your interim work will not count either for this class or for any repeated sections of the same course.