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Academic Policies and Procedures

Students enrolled in the MPA Program at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs must adhere to the academic policies and procedures of the University, the school and the program. For specific information on policies and procedures for graduate students, visit the Binghamton University Bulletin.

MPA Handbook

The MPA Handbook provides students in the Master of Public Administration Program information and guidance they need to successfully complete their degree program. It represents current MPA Program policies and procedures and supplements the policies of the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Graduate School and the University.
MPA handbook.

Graduate Handbook

Students enrolled in the Master in Public Administration Program at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs are guided by the MPA Handbook, as well as the Graduate School Handbook.
Graduate School Handbook

Academic Honesty Policy

Each school of Binghamton University, including the Graduate School and the Division of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics will implement the Student Academic Honesty Code and adjudicate all matters related thereto through its own committee structure. All reports of findings of guilt (either by admission or by adjudication) will be submitted to the Provost’s Office for archival purposes (a key new provision of the Code which proves to be critical to its proper functioning. See underlined material below).

Students have received copies of the Code during orientation. They will be required to acknowledge the Code and their intent to abide by its terms each semester when they log onto the registration system. Faculty will ensure enforcement of the Code.

Interpretation and Enforcement of the Code

Violations of the Code vary in severity, so that the appropriate punishments vary. Some violations (Category I) may be handled by the instructor and student(s) involved. However, violations requiring more severe penalties (Category II) are appropriately dealt with by the Academic Honesty Committee of the relevant school. (Specific information about what constitutes a Category I or Category II violation can be found at the website listed above.)

Category I Violations

If an instructor discovers one of these violations, the instructor should first communicate with the student regarding the nature of the charge and the evidence on which the instructor has relied in reaching the conclusion that a violation has occurred. The student should be given the opportunity to respond. If the instructor remains convinced by the preponderance of evidence that a violation has occurred, the instructor should then contact the Provost’s Office to see if there is a record of a previous violation by the student. If there is no previous violation, the faculty member should impose the appropriate penalty. The instructor should then fill in a Report of Academic Dishonesty Form (see attached) describing the violation that occurred and the evidence supporting that finding. The form will also explain to the student the procedures whereby the student may appeal the decision. The student will then be asked to read and sign the form and will be provided with a copy. If the student chooses not to sign the form, the case goes to a hearing before the committee of the school in which the offense occurred. The instructor will then forward the Report of Academic Dishonesty Form along with the supporting evidence to the chair of the appropriate committee and to the Provost’s Office, where they will be kept on file. Students who are accused of a second Category I offense will be treated as being charged with a Category II offense and referred to the committee of the school in which the offense occurred.

Category II Violations

If an instructor discovers a Category II violation, the instructor should first communicate with the student regarding the nature of the charge and the evidence on which the instructor has relied in reaching the conclusion that a violation has occurred. If the instructor remains convinced that a Category II violation has occurred, he or she should submit a detailed written charge with supporting evidence to the honesty committee of the school in which the offense occurred. The Provost’s Office should be contacted to see if there is a record of a previous violation by the student. The student will be notified of the charge and the date of the hearing and will receive a copy of the committee procedures. The instructor should assign an Incomplete grade for the student’s work, pending the outcome of the hearing. If, after the hearing, the committee concludes that the charges were unproven, the faculty member should re-evaluate the student’s work in light of that finding. In determination of any penalty for Category II violations, committees will consider all relevant factors, including the nature of the violation and any previous violations that may have been committed by the student. The chair of the appropriate committee will report any guilty findings along with the supporting evidence to the Provost’s Office, where they will be kept on file.

Contacting the Provost’s Office

As a provision of the new Academic Honesty Code, the Provost’s Office will be maintaining records of all students with Category I and Category II violations. If, when proceeding with a suspected violation of the Academic Honesty Code, the instructor is convinced by the preponderance of evidence that a violation has occurred, the instructor should then contact the Provost’s Office to see if there is a record of a previous violation by the student. The contact person in the Provost’s Office is Liz Abate, Assistant for Undergraduate Education, x72146 or labate@binghamton.edu.

Submitting Records to the Provost’s Office

After a decision has been reached regarding a violation of the Academic Honesty Code, records of the decision must be submitted to the Provost’s Office for archiving. For Category I violations in which the student agrees to sign the Report of Academic Dishonesty Form, the signed form should be submitted to the Provost’s Office, along with any supporting documentation. For Category I violations in which the student requests a hearing before the school’s Academic Honesty Committee, the report from the hearing should be submitted to the Provost’s Office, along with any supporting documentation. For Category II violations, the report from the hearing held by the school’s Academic Honesty Committee should be submitted to the Provost’s Office, along with any supporting documentation. Whenever feasible, supporting documentation should be submitted electronically via email.

Ethics and Public Service Resources

Binghamton University Research Guide on Academic Honesty

Purdue Online Writing Lab – Avoiding Plagiarism

For More Information

Full details of the Academic Honesty Code are available online at the University Bulletin. A downloadable copy of the attached “Report of Category I Academic Dishonesty” form is available online.

If you have any questions about the policy or the details of implementation, contact Liz Abate, Assistant for Undergraduate Education, Office of the Provost, at 777-2146 or labate@binghamton.edu.

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Last Updated: 10/31/13