Cheating "is just a click away on the Internet," said Claire Paolini, dean of the college of arts and sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. "There doesn't seem to be ownership of what is there.
said Sacred Heart
recently rewrote its policy on cheating to emphasize academic integrity and "commitment to fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility."
Given the policy's positive face, she
said, the school tries to help "students take a position in the community" based on the same values and principles that define their alma mater.
However, violators are penalized following a procedure carefully worked out by a faculty committee.Generally, the student receives a failing mark for the assignment or in the course in addition to a warning.A second case of cheating could trigger dismissal from the school.
If a student can prove his
paper wasn't plagiarized, the accusation of cheating can be appealed, Paolini
"We are trying to mold behavior, so that students will not find themselves in the position of cheating," she