Academic Honesty

University policy establishes that students who compromise classroom academic integrity/honesty are subject to disciplinary action on the part of the University. Violations of classroom standards include:

  • Cheating in any form, whether in formal examinations or elsewhere.
  • Plagiarism, using the work of others as one's own without assigning proper credit to the source.
  • Misrepresentation of any work done in the classroom or in preparation for class.
  • Falsification, forgery, or alteration of any documents pertaining to academic records.
  • Disruptive behavior in a course of study or abusiveness toward faculty or fellow students.

(WSU Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 8.05/Student Code of Conduct/Student Conduct Regulations/Academic Dishonesty)

When academic dishonesty is suspected, an instructor will typically use the following procedures:

  1. Instructor should bring the situation to the attention of the student, informing him/her of the instructor's concern and setting up a formal meeting to discuss the issue with the student as soon as possible. The purpose of that meeting is for the instructor to present to the student the evidence of the dishonesty, afford the student the opportunity to respond to the evidence presented, and inform the student of any intended course consequences.
  2. If, following the meeting, the instructor no longer suspects academic dishonesty or determines that none occurred, no further action is necessary.
  3. If, following the meeting, it appears academic dishonesty may exist, the instructor teaching an “H” department honors course should inform the academic department chair of both the action and consequence, and refer the student to any appeals process outlined in the department or academic college bylaws; the instructor teaching an “HNRS” Honors College course should inform the Honors Dean in a written signed report of both the action and consequence, and refer the student to the appeals process outlined in the Honors College bylaws section 11 (available on the college website).
  4. For an “H” department honors course, the department chair will decide if any further consequences are necessary and send the signed report to his/her academic college’s Dean’s office, while also sending a copy to both instructor and student as well. A copy of the notice should also be placed in the student’s academic file kept in each respective department.

Students accused of abridging a standard of academic honesty may utilize established academic appeal procedures. (See the WSU Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 2.17 / Student Academic Integrity.)

University Policy establishes that the Dean shall share her/his decision with the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, the Dean of the student's School or College (if different) and the faculty member. (2.17 / Student Academic Integrity)

The Student Government Association Student Advocate is available to assist students who feel they have been graded unfairly or have been unfairly accused of cheating, plagiarism or other academic misconduct.


Academic Appeal

Exception to Honors curriculum requirements and catalog regulations

Any student has the right to petition for an exception to Honors curriculum requirements and catalog regulations. The student must submit the petition in writing using the petition for exception form and attach any necessary documentation. Students can also visit the Honors College Office, Shocker Hall A1180.

Results of a petition for exception to curriculum requirements and catalog regulations are returned to the student by email the afternoon of the first business day following the review and decision.

Appeal a grade assigned in an HNRS seminar

Any student has the right to appeal a grade assigned in an HNRS seminar. The faculty at Wichita State has established a procedure to resolve disputes arising out of the classroom through the Court of Student Academic Appeals. The court hears appeals for students who feel they have been treated unfairly in grading. The court is designed to help resolve differences that cannot be settled within the framework of the student-faculty relationship and offers an important safeguard for students. Any student may use the appeal procedure. (WSU Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 2.03 / Court of Student Academic Appeals.)

The Student Advocate is available to assist students who feel they have been graded unfairly or have been unfairly accused of cheating, plagiarism or other academic misconduct.

Appeal a financial aid suspension

Any student has the right to appeal a financial aid suspension by completing the SAP Appeal Application at wichita.edu/sapappeal.

Appeal a decision made by the Honors Dean

Any student has the right to appeal a decision made by the Honors Dean, such as probation or dismissal from the college. In the event of a student appeal of the Dean’s decision, the Dean shall call on the members of the Honors Councils to form an ad-hoc Appeal Committee no later than one month after receiving the student appeal.

  1. The student must submit the appeal in writing to the Assistant to the Dean with supporting documents for review by the Appeal Committee.
  2. The Appeal Committee shall convene for the purpose of hearing a single appeal or multiple appeals.
  3. The Dean should not be present during the hearing of a student appeal.
  4. Student appeals and supporting documents are confidential and shall not be discussed by the committee outside of committee deliberation except when reported to the Dean or subsequent appeals committees.
  5. The Appeal Committee shall consist of the following:
    1. 2 student members elected by the University Honors College Council;
    2. 3 faculty members elected by the University Honors College Council;
    3. A faculty chair, who remains a voting member, shall be selected by the committee by email vote initiated and counted by the Dean or his or her designee.
  6. Responsibility of the faculty chair include:
    1. Scheduling a meeting date in consultation with the committee members;
    2. nforming the student of the meeting date, and invite the student to present the case;
    3. Requesting the Dean’s written decision statement submitted to the chair at least one day prior to the meeting date;
    4. Reviewing all submitted materials for completeness and request additional materials as necessary at least one day prior to the meeting date.
  7. After committee review, the faculty chair will prepare a decision letter to be emailed or mailed to the student by the afternoon of the first business day after the committee decision. The Appeal Committee chair will submit a copy of the decision letter to the Dean. In the case of a decision to uphold the dismissal of an Honors Baccalaureate student, the faculty chair will submit the decision letter, copies of the student appeal and any additional documentation considered by the committee to the University Exceptions Committee.