|Qualification for initial certification, as well as continuation of certified status, will be evaluated based on several criteria including academic integrity, overall GPA, as well as GPA in mathematics, science, and electrical engineering or computer science courses.|
EECS faculty who observe instances of academic dishonesty, i.e., cheating, will have the full range of options available to them that are outlined in the Student Handbook (including assigning a failing grade for the course). Additionally, faculty are encouraged to report all instances of academic dishonesty to either the Graduate or Undergraduate Program Coordinators, whichever is appropriate. The Coordinator will maintain in-house records of academic dishonesty and will forward all information to the Office of Student Conduct. This information will also be shared with the EECS Instruction Committee. For undergraduates interested in pursuing a degree in the School, the Instruction Committee will weigh the evidence and make a decision concerning the student's certification status. Students who commit acts of academic dishonesty in an EE or CptS course who have not been certified may be ineligible for certification, while certified undergraduates may be decertified. If the student chooses to appeal the decision, a panel will be appointed by the Associate Director consisting of three faculty members from the School who were not previously involved in the decision process and two students from the appropriate degree program. The panel will review the evidence and hear any additional arguments the accused student may wish to present. A simple majority vote by the panel shall uphold or overturn the Instruction Committee's decision. The Director maintains ultimate decision authority and may overrule the decision of the Instruction Committee or the appeal panel.
One instance of academic dishonesty on the part of a graduate student may result in termination of support. The decision will be made by the Instruction Committee subject to the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee and input from the student's faculty advisor. An appeal panel will be appointed by the Associate Director should the student wish to appeal the decision of the Committee. As with the undergraduate case, the panel will consist of three faculty members from the School who were not previously involved in the decision process and two students from the respective degree program. A simple majority vote by the panel shall uphold or overturn the Committee's decision. Again, the Director maintains ultimate decision authority.
Faculty are encouraged to explain these consequences of academic dishonesty at the beginning of each semester and explain unambiguously what constitutes academic dishonesty in each course. However, ignorance of these consequences or of the definition of academic dishonesty in a particular class does not serve as an excuse. Students who observe acts of academic dishonesty may report their observations to the course instructor or to the Associate Director of the School.
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