Academic Integrity Policy

1.00 Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish that academic integrity is an essential component to the CSUMB learning community and shall be upheld by all members of the university community.

This policy is intended to reflect the University's commitment to the principles, goals, and ideals described in the CSUMB Vision Statement and to its core values.

1.10 Attribution

This policy is used by permission from CSU Dominguez Hills and adapted for use by CSUMB.

2.00 Academic Integrity

2.10 The University Community

CSUMB is a community of learners bonded together by the search for knowledge; the pursuit of personal, social, cultural, physical, and intellectual development; and the desire for the liberating effects of an advanced education. CSUMB has an academic culture shared with other universities and colleges across the nation. Integral to that culture is a set of values such as academic freedom, dedication to teaching and learning, diversity, civility toward others, and academic integrity.

Academic integrity is of central importance in the University community and involves upholding the values, the principles, and the code of behavior held to be central in that community. Integrity concerns honesty and implies being truthful, fair, and free from lies, fraud, and deceit. Inherent to the CSUMB community are the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.

2.20 Scholastic Honesty

The core of this University's integrity is its scholastic honesty. Honesty is valued across all cultures and is a fundamental value in the academic culture. There are, however, cultural differences with regard to the ownership of ideas and the importance of individual efforts. Nonetheless, the University expects all students and other campus members to document the intellectual contributions of others and to ensure that the work they submit is their own.

2.30 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty usually refers to forms of cheating and plagiarism which result in students giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not their own.

Specific forms of Academic Dishonesty are:

Cheating-intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term "academic exercise" includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours. Cheating also includes: unauthorized submission of identical work in more than one course, altering or interfering with grading, lying to improve a grade, altering graded work, unauthorized removal of tests from classroom or office, and forging signatures on academic documents.

Fabrication-intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Facilitating academic dishonesty-intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the institutional code of academic integrity.

Plagiarism-the deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas or words or statements of another person as one's own without acknowledgment.

3.00 Responsibilities

3.10 Faculty Responsibilities

The faculty, as representatives of the institution, have the opportunity to encourage academic integrity and the responsibility to discourage and curtail academic dishonesty. At CSUMB, incidents shall be handled by faculty and reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards in order to ensure that repeated violations do not go undetected as they occur in separate departments or with different faculty. The Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards shall notify the student if a report is received.

3.20 Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for the integrity of their actions and must be willing to accept consequences for these actions. Students have the responsibility to be familiar with the University policies and to seek clarification with faculty if they are unclear about expectations for any assignment. Students are also encouraged to report academic dishonesty. In the sense that a university is a community, students should understand their own roles in the creation of the kind of environment that encourages honesty and discourages academic fraud. Students need not tolerate any action on the part of another that diminishes their own integrity or that of the University.

4.00 Addressing Academic Dishonesty

When a faculty member detects dishonesty, he or she shall address it. If appropriate, the faculty member will first consult with the student and seek an "in-office" resolution. Each charge will be considered an allegation that should be examined under due process.

If the faculty member is convinced that dishonesty has occurred, she or he will use one or more of the following options:

  • Adjust the evaluation of the student's work, i.e., nullify the effort or a portion of it. This action may be taken as part of a decision regarding assignment of a grade. In accordance with Executive Order 1073 common reporting of each case of academic dishonesty must occur. The form for this report is available from the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.
  • Refer the matter to the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for an investigation as part of the Student Disciplinary Procedures. These procedures call for due process, a hearing or the opportunity to waive a hearing and accept a sanction without admitting guilt. (An "F" grade supported by a decision in a disciplinary case may not be the subject of a grade appeal and may not be repeated and canceled.)
  • Use both "a" and "b" above.

5.00 The California State University Disciplinary Procedures

Student enrollment is a voluntary entrance into the academic community of learners. By such entrance, the student voluntarily assumes, and is expected to assume, obligations of performance and behavior that are imposed by the university relevant to its lawful missions, processes, and functions. CSUMB reserves the right to discipline students in order to secure compliance with these obligations.

Students who engage in dishonest behavior shall be charged with violating Title 5, California Administrative Code, §41301, under the Student Disciplinary Procedures for the California State University established by Executive Order 1073 by the Chancellor. A copy of these procedures may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.

6.00 Continuous Renewal

This policy shall be assessed in five years from its effective date to determine its effectiveness and appropriateness. This policy may be assessed before that time as necessary.

s/ Eduardo M. Ochoa


Effective Date: September 13, 2012

Certification of Process

Reviewed by: Academic Integrity Working Group, Policy Facilitation Team, Academic Affairs Council, Judicial Affairs, Student Affairs, Associated Students, ASEC, Academic Senate, Provost, President