Expected Student Behavior

Dunlap-Stone University Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to demonstrate standards of conduct that reflect the qualities of character, scholarship, decency of behavior, and mature judgment expected of members of an academic community. Students are afforded the freedom to develop and explore their interests in a supportive academic setting, and DSU faculty and staff expect students to contribute positively to this setting.

All students, faculty, and staff are required to conduct themselves in a manner that acknowledges and demonstrates respect for other individuals. Any actions that harass, demean, or subject others to any form of physical threat, psychological stress, or humiliation are unacceptable. Basic honesty is expected at all times within academic pursuits and in those interactions that take place inside and outside of the classroom.

Students are expected to complete all work that they are submitting as their own without outside influence or assistance. Faculty and staff are further expected to conform to the policies and guidelines in the faculty and employee handbooks.

Counseling, example, admonition, and formal discipline all play a role in the protection of the community’s educational purpose. In keeping with that purpose, judicial and disciplinary proceedings, when required, will be kept simple and informal whenever possible, consistent with the philosophy of fundamental fairness and the educational purpose of the university’s community. Sanctions will be based on the specifics of the incident, past precedent if applicable, and recommendations from governing bodies.

It is all students’ responsibility to acquaint themselves with both publications and the policies contained within the current catalog. Ignorance of a published policy will not exempt students from disciplinary action that results from violating it.

Standards of online “netiquette” and interaction are expected and demanded from students in the classroom.

Academic Honor Code
Because most of DSU’s classes and programs are conducted via distance learning, it is important to the success of the education process that all those involved adhere to the university’s Honor Code. The Dunlap-Stone University Honor Code is built upon the foundation belief that an honorable person shall not lie or cheat or steal. The integrity of the degrees granted by the University depends upon all members of the academic community’s adherence to the Honor Code. Therefore, all students in every class are bound by their honor not to cheat in any form and to report any cheating of which they are aware.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. Plagiarism is the representation of work that is not one’s own as though it were. This includes the failure to identify a direct quotation by the use of quotation marks or another accepted convention, paraphrasing the work of another without an acknowledgement of the source, or using the ideas of another, even though expressed in different words, without giving proper credit. Acknowledging that work intended for one purpose may not be meaningful in another setting, the same paper may not be submitted in more than one course without the prior permission of the instructors in those courses.

Quizzes and examinations, whether open-book or closed, as well as other assignments are the individual work of a student and it is against the Honor Code to solicit or receive assistance from others.

Proctored exams also fall under this honor code, even when taken through another institution via a proctor.

Through their enrollment in courses at Dunlap-Stone University and entrance into the electronic classroom, every student agrees to abide by this Honor Code. By entering into the secure electronic classroom with their unique username and password, students are affirming their identity as the person who has enrolled in the course or program.