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FGCU Student Guidebook

FGCU Student Guidebook

Academic Behavior Standards


    FGCU is committed to a policy of honesty in academic affairs.  Conduct that comprises a breach of this policy shall result in academic and/or disciplinary action.  Academic action affects student assignments, examinations, or grades.  Disciplinary action affects student enrollment status.

    Violations of student academic behavior standards include:
    1. Cheating whereby non-permissible written, visual, or oral assistance including that obtained from another student is utilized on examinations, course assignments, or projects.  The unauthorized possession or use of examination or course-related material shall also constitute cheating.
    2. Plagiarism whereby another’s work is deliberately used or appropriated without any indication of the source, thereby attempting to convey the impression that such work is the student’s own.  Any student failing to properly credit ideas or materials taken from another has plagiarized.

      NOTE:  A student who has assisted another in any of the afore-mentioned breach of standards shall be considered equally culpable.
    1. Action by Instructor
      1. When a violation of student academic behavior standards becomes known, the instructor shall take appropriate measures ranging from counseling, to an academic action (loss of credit for a specific assignment, examination or project, or removal of the offender from the course with a grade of "F") to recommendation of disciplinary action to the Dean of Students.
      2. Before initiating any academic action, the instructor shall inform the student of the alleged violation, citing the information on which the allegation is based.  The instructor shall give the student the opportunity to respond in defense, including the hearing from other persons with knowledge of the situation involving the student’s alleged behavior.  Subsequently, the instructor shall duly inform the student in writing of the academic action being taken and all the reasons for such action.  Reports of the initial and final academic action shall be sent to the Dean of Students.
      3. Should an alleged violation of the academic behavior standards arise before the withdrawal deadline in a term, the instructor shall notify the registrar that the student shall not be withdrawn from the course in question.  Only a written release from the instructor or the authorized party deciding a student appeal will allow withdrawal.  However, if the student appeals the academic action and desires to withdraw, the process shall be initiated by the student immediately in the normal university manner.  Such withdrawal requests will be held in abeyance until a ruling on an appeal is obtained.  If resolved in favor of the student, the withdrawal request will be processed at that time.  The individual empowered to rule on the student appeal shall appropriately notify both the Registrar and the Dean of Students of the outcome.
      4. The instructor’s recommendation for disciplinary action (subject to probation, suspension, or expulsion) shall be submitted through the College Dean to the Dean of Students for processing under "The Student Disciplinary Process".
      5. Student appeals of academic action shall be made under the "Student Grade Appeals."
    1. When an instructor initiates academic action as the result of the student’s alleged violation of academic behavior standards, the academic action will be processed first.  At the time of the final academic action report, the instructor can recommend, through the College Dean, that disciplinary action should also be pursued through the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
    2. When information concerning an alleged violation of academic standards is received by the Dean of Students from other than instructional sources (e.g. other students, university police, etc.), the Dean of Students shall inform the Dean of the College in which the violation allegedly took place before proceeding with the disciplinary process.  The College Dean shall inform any affected instructor.
    3. In case it is not clear initially whether the reported action is best pursued through academic action or disciplinary action procedures, the Dean of Students and the Dean of the College in consultation with any affected instructor(s), will confer and decide which procedure to employ in pursuing the case.
    4. In the case of multiple or aggravated violations of academic behavior standards, the Dean of Students shall initiate disciplinary action based on information contained in university records upon recommendation from the Dean of the College.


Students who have been charged with academic dishonesty and or have had an academic case adjudicated, cannot drop the course in which the incident occurred.