Appendix G: Institutional Policies and Information

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered for the duration of each class session. Students may be allowed as many unexcused absences as hours a course meets weekly. The maximum number of excused absences is at the discretion of each instructor. Unexcused absences on the days immediately preceding or following a holiday are counted as double absences. Excessive absences are reported during each grade reporting period by instructors in the database provided through MyClaflin.

Students may obtain official university excuses for absences from the Office of Student Development and Services or other designated campus officials. After students obtain signatures from the appropriate course instructors, all excuses must be returned to the Office of Student Development and Services.

Students who may miss classes while representing the university in an official capacity are exempt from regulations governing absences only to the extent that their excessive absences result from the performance of such university business or affairs. Absence from class for any reason does not relieve the student from responsibility for any class assignments that may be missed during the period of absence.

EARLY ALERT STATEMENT

The Claflin University Early Alert Program is designed to assist you with your academic success. Should your instructor determine that you need additional help, you will be referred to the Academic Success Center. The Academic Success Center will assist you in successfully completing the course.

DISABILITY STATEMENT

Assurance Statement

Claflin University adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities should register with Disability Services and contact their instructor(s) in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

CODE OF HONOR POLICY STATEMENT

Reference: CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY CODE OF HONOR (Final Revision: 5/14/07)  

Claflin University prohibits all forms of academic or scholarly dishonesty, including written or oral examinations, term and research papers or theses, modes of creative expression, and computer-based work.

Scholarly dishonesty includes lying, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and the falsification or misrepresentation of experimental data. (For social behavior, see Claflin University Student Handbook: Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics).

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING CODE OF HONOR PLEDGE

“In my enrollment at Claflin University, I do hereby solemnly pledge that I will adhere to the Code of Honor. As a Claflin University Student, I do solemnly pledge to uphold the integrity of Claflin University. I will not participate in nor tolerate dishonesty in any academic endeavor.”

CODE OF HONOR DEFINITION OF VIOLATIONS

  1. Academic Dishonesty – This includes any other act (not specifically covered in previous provisions) that compromises the integrity of a student or intrudes on, violates, or disturbs the academic environment of the University Community. Examples include attempting or agreeing to commit, or assisting or facilitating the commission of, any scholastic dishonesty, failing to appear or testify without good cause when requested by the Council for the Code of Honor, failing to keep information about cases confidential, supplying false information to the Council for the Code of Honor and accusing a student of a violation of this Code in bad faith.
  2. Cheating – This act implies intent to deceive. It includes all actions, electronic or other devices and deceptions used in the attempt to commit this act. Examples include, but are not limited to, copying answers from another student’s exam and using a cheat sheet or crib notes in an exam.
  3. Collusion – This is the act of working together on an academic undertaking for which a student is individually responsible. Examples include, but are not limited to, sharing information in labs that are to be done individually.
  4. Plagiarism – Plagiarism is representing the words or ideas of someone else as one’s own. Examples include, but are not limited to, failing to properly cite direct quotes, the false utilization of copyrighted material and the failure to give credit for someone else’s ideas.

SANCTIONS

All proven cases of academic dishonesty shall be penalized as appropriate under the circumstances.   The imposition of any sanction will include a statement of reasons supporting its severity. Recommendation of sanctions for cases of proven dishonesty will be forwarded by the Council for the Code of Honor to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.   All proven cases of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of “XF” which shall remain on the student’s transcript for a minimum of two years.   After two years, the student may petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs to have the “X” removed; however, the “F” will remain.   Other sanctions may include but are not limited to:

  • A defined period of probation or suspension with or without the attachment of conditions;
  • The withdrawal of University funding;
  • Expulsion from the University.
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