Snow College expects all students to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty. As a matter of principle, the college expects students to submit work that reflects their own learning, skills, and efforts. A student who knowingly cheats, commits fraud, or plagiarizes is in violation of this principle. Snow College does not tolerate such violations.
Definitions and examples of the most common forms of academic dishonesty are provided below for the sake of clarity. This list is meant to be instructive rather than exhaustive.
1.1 Cheating is the use, gift, or acquisition of unauthorized assistance (i.e. assistance that has not been authorized by the instructor). The following behaviors are considered cheating:
1.2 using unauthorized assistance when taking a quiz, test, or exam, or when completing a graded assignment, whether the work is done in a classroom, a testing facility, or any other location;
1.3 giving unauthorized assistance to a student taking a quiz, test, or exam, or completing a graded assignment, whether the work is done in a class room, a testing facility, or any other location;
1.4 substituting for another student, or allowing someone else to substitute for oneself, when taking a quiz, test, or exam, or when completing a graded assignment, whether the work is done in a classroom, a testing facility, or any other location;
1.5 acquiring, by any means, a quiz, test, exam, or other course material before the instructor has authorized its use by the student in question;
1.6 continuing to work after time has expired for a quiz, test, exam, or other graded assignment;
1.7 submitting essentially the same work for credit in more than one course. (An exception can be made when the amount of work submitted meets or exceeds the total amount of work required; other restrictions may also apply.)
2.1 Fraud is the deliberate misrepresentation of knowledge. The following behaviors are considered fraud:
2.2 citing a source (book, article, etc.) that does not exist;
2.3 citing a source for information that it does not contain;
2.4 citing a source for a proposition that it does not support;
2.5 identifying a source in a bibliography when the source is not cited in the text of the accompanying project;
2.6 intentionally distorting the meaning or applicability of data beyond a legitimate range of interpretation;
2.7 misrepresenting fictitious information as real.
3.1 Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of works or ideas taken from an outside source (which may be a book, article, film, television program, CD, web page, student essay, etc.). The alert scholar should realize that plagiarism is a breach of honesty no matter how little material has been borrowed. The following behaviors are considered plagiarism:
3.2 plagiarism of words: using the exact works of a source (that is, word-for-word copying) without indicating that the words have been borrowed (usually by placing them within quotation marks):
3.3 plagiarism of ideas: presenting the ideas of a source without citing the source (at the very least by naming the source; in a documented paper, by providing bibliographic information as well);
3.4 “Whole-cloth” plagiarism: misrepresenting the work of another person (an encyclopedia article, a friend’s essay, an essay purchased from a service, etc.) as one’s original work.
4.0 An attempted act of academic dishonesty is as contemptuous as a completed one and will be treated in a similar fashion.
Every instructor is professionally obligated to investigate the slightest suspicion of academic dishonesty. An instructor who has reason to believe that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred will gather enough information to form a reasonable inference of guilt or innocence. When circumstances permit, the instructor will confer directly with each student under suspicion. In every case, the instructor will respect the privacy and dignity of any student who may be involved.
An instructor who is certain that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred will, for each student under suspicion, file a Record of Academic Dishonesty with the Office of the Registrar. The instructor will give each student a copy of the Record and explain the significance and likely consequences of the infraction.
A Record of Academic Dishonesty must be filed within five business days of the instructor’s discovery of the act in question.
Upon receiving a Record of Academic Dishonesty, the Office of the Registrar will determine if the case should be forwarded to the Academic Standards Committee for further review.
A Record of Academic Dishonesty is kept indefinitely on file in the Office of the Registrar unless it is removed on appeal or, if the case should be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee, by a finding of not guilty.
Snow College recognizes three levels of academic dishonesty.
An act of academic dishonesty is considered Level One when there is evidence that the act was committed spontaneously or under coercion–or, more simply, when there is no evidence that a more serious infraction has been committed.
Most Level-One Infractions occur in a testing environment. In the case of assignments written elsewhere, an infraction (such as plagiarism) may be considered Level One if the means by which it occurred required no special effort to obtain.
An act of academic dishonesty is considered Level-Two when there is evidence of premeditation, or when a student has committed a second Level-One Infraction during his or her time at Snow College.
An act of academic dishonesty is considered Level- Three when there is evidence that the act was committed in association with illegal activity (such as theft or vandalism) or commercial activity (such as purchasing an essay or paying a test substitute), or when a student has committed a third Level-One Infraction or a second Level-Two infraction during his or her time at Snow College.
A student who has been found guilty of a Level-Three infraction will be sanctioned by the Academic Standards Committee in one of the following ways:
Any student accused of academic dishonesty will be apprised of the accusation and given an opportunity to dispute it. The exact means by which as accusation can be disputed varies with the severity of the infraction.
Level-One Infractions are addressed by the instructor, usually in private consultation with the student. The instructor has sole discretion to determine what evidence shall be applied to the case and what sanctions, if any, shall be imposed, so long as those sanctions are within the instructor’s normal purview.
Level-Two and Level-Three Infractions are investigated by the Academic Standards Committee. If the committee finds that an accusation has merit, with all due speed it will schedule a hearing on a date that is reasonably convenient for all parties, and which gives the student at least five business days to prepare a defense.
The hearing must take place no later than one month (30 days) from the date on which the Record of Academic Dishonesty was filed, or by the fifth day of the following regular semester, whichever comes first. Ordinarily, it should take place as soon as possible. The student may be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choice, including legal counsel, who will be permitted to attend, but not directly participate in, the proceedings. A student who chooses to be accompanied by legal counsel shall notify the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee at least three business days before the hearing.
If the student chooses not to attend the hearing, no admission of guilt shall be inferred by the committee, nor shall the student’s right to appeal the outcome be denied.
The Chair of the Academic Standards Committee shall moderate the hearing.
During the hearing, the committee shall examine evidence and call witnesses. The student shall likewise have the right to present evidence and witnesses and to cross examine other witnesses.
Ordinarily, only factual evidence having an immediate bearing on the case at hand shall be admitted, through other kinds of evidence may be admitted at the discretion of the committee.
The student shall be found guilty of academic dishonesty when 3/4 of the committee agrees that there is a preponderance of evidence to that effect. Otherwise, the student shall be found not guilty.
The following sanctions shall be imposed for academic dishonesty.
Level-One Infraction is normally addressed by the instructor of the course. Sanctions may include a reduced or failing grade on the assignment, a failing grade for the course, or, as previously noted, any other sanction that is within the instructor’s normal purview.
A student who has been found guilty of a Level-Two infraction will be sanctioned by the Academic Standards Committee in one of the following ways:
Suspension is a temporary separation from the college. It occurs as follows:
Expulsion is a permanent separation from the college. It occurs as follows:
Regardless of the outcome, a student suspected of violating other policies or laws will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
A student who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an academic dishonesty matter has the right to appeal.
To appeal an instructor’s sanctions:
A student who is dissatisfied with an instructor’s sanctions must follow the appeals process outlined for any grade dispute.
To appeal a Record of Academic Dishonesty:
A student who wishes to dispute a Record of Academic Dishonesty should contact the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee to schedule a hearing. This hearing will be carried out as described.
To appeal a sanction imposed by the Academic Standards Committee:
A student who is dissatisfied with sanctions imposed for a Level Two or Three Infraction should contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the Vice President determines that grounds for an appeal exist, he or she will create an ad hoc committee to hear the case.
Legitimate Grounds for Appeal:
The only legitimate grounds for appeal are as follows:
The Academic Standards Policy at Snow College is intended to ensure that students are making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their academic goals. This policy seeks to identify students who need additional academic support and to direct those students to available services. However, each student attending Snow College is ultimately responsible for monitoring his/her satisfactory academic progress.
If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.0, he/she will be placed on academic warning. A hold will be placed on the student account to ensure that the student meets with a Student Success Advisor to receive academic guidance and/or assistance. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Student Success Center for an appointment.
NOTE: A student receiving financial aid whose GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on financial aid probation. If, in any semester, a student’s GPA falls below a 1.0, the student will automatically be placed on No Further Aid by the Financial Aid Office.
Requirements for keeping a scholarship are stated clearly on the student’s scholarship contract and may differ from one award to another but are strictly enforced. It is a student's responsibility to know and understand his or her scholarship requirements.
If a student is on academic warning and does not achieve either a current or cumulative GPA over 2.0, he/she will be placed on academic probation and must meet with a Student Success Advisor to establish an academic contract. A hold will be placed on the student account. It is the student's responsibility to contact the Student Success Center for an appointment.
NOTE: A student receiving financial aid whose GPA falls below a 2.0 a second time may be placed on No Further Aid.
If a student does not earn a 2.0 in either his/her cumulative or current GPA the semester following being placed on academic probation or if the student does not fulfill the academic probation contract, the student may be subject to dismissal. This means the student will not be allowed to register for one regular (fall or spring) semester.
Layout semesters will be enforced only during fall semester, though a student may choose spring semester as his/her layout semester. Summer term does not count as a layout semester with the exception of full-year programs in Cosmetology.
(NOTE: Students who are subject to dismissal may enroll in classes during summer term).
If a student is subject to academic suspension, he/she may petition the Academic Standards Committee to be allowed to register. A written appeal must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the desired semester of attendance. An appeal form may be obtained from the Student Success Center or the Registration Office.
Appeals denied by the Academic Standards Committee may continue to the Curriculum Committee.
Students will be in "good standing" when all of the following conditions are met.
Note: Financial aid satisfactory progress standards may differ.
For students challenged with a low GPA because they have experienced a period of low grades that does not reflect their academic potential, Snow College offers academic renewal. Academic renewal allows students the opportunity to recalculate their GPA by discounting grades of D+, D, D-, E, F, or UW which were earned five or more years prior to the date of petition. The following conditions apply:
The Federal Higher Education Act will not allow academic renewal for federal financial aid purposes. Students who plan to apply for financial aid must contact the Financial Aid Office before requesting academic renewal.
Academic renewal cannot be used to make an otherwise ineligible athlete eligible. Only a student’s original grades are considered for athletic eligibility.
Academic renewal petition forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. A $25 processing fee applies to each petition.
A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is not less than
Some courses may be repeated to obtain a higher grade. Both courses will show on the academic record; however, only the last grade earned is calculated in the grade point average and the credit is only counted once. (A student wishing an earlier grade to count over a more recent one should submit an appeal to the Academic Standards Committee explaining his/her rationale for the change.) Retakes are limited to two per course (a total of 3 attempts at any one course). Once a retake has been completed, students need to contact the Registration Office to be sure the first grade is discounted from the GPA. Students must register and pay tuition for the semester in which the class is repeated. Hours earned in repeat courses may be counted toward graduation requirements only once. The exceptions to this policy are the courses designated as “repeatable” in the class schedule or catalog. These courses will be given credit each time the course is taken. Note: A course repeated at another institution cannot be used to change the GPA on a Snow College transcript.
By Board of Regents policy, the State of Utah requires that students be charged the “full cost of instruction” the third time they enroll in the same course. This means an additional charge of $100 will be charged per credit hour for the repeated class. Subsequent registrations in the course will also be assessed the $100 per credit hour charge. This policy does not apply to classes taken prior to Fall Semester 2002. This charge does not apply to courses that are repeatable as designated in the class schedule or catalog or to classes required to complete a program of study. Students may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee if they have extenuating circumstances that should be taken into consideration. These repeat course charges will be added to a student’s account after the semester commences.
Students must be currently enrolled at Snow College to receive any credit by examination or petition. A maximum of thirty-two (32) semester hours of credit toward graduation from Snow College may be earned by examination in one or all of the following programs, i.e. Advanced Placement, Comprehensive Equivalency Examination, CLEP, FLATS, and International Baccalaureate. Please reference the Transfer Articulation section for more information. Students should be aware that if credit is received by exam, credit cannot also be received for enrolling in and completing the same course(s).
Additional Prior Learning Assessment Opportunities Include:
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Credit earned for prior learning at a Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) institution is transferable to Snow College on the same basis as if the credit had been earned through regular study at the awarding USHE institution. Credit for prior learning will not be assessed for the purpose of receiving credit for a course in which Snow College does not offer. Additionally, credit will not be awarded if it duplicates credit that has been previously earned. Students should be aware that if credit is received by exam, credit cannot also be received for enrolling in and completing the same course(s). Credit for prior learning is recorded on a Snow College transcript as Transfer Credit awarded as Credit for Prior Learning and will receive a TR or transfer grade. This grade does not affect the Grade Point Average (GPA). Transfer credit and Proficiency credit will incur a service fee charge of $10 per credit. Proficiency credits of prior learning may incur associated exam or portfolio review fees. Federal financial aid and employee tuition reimbursement may not cover prior learning assessment fees.
Students who have earned credit at a foreign post-secondary institution may be eligible for transfer credit. International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluation company. Snow College's preferred evaluation company is SpanTran. If you have already had your international transcript evaluated by a foreign credential company, please contact the Registrar's Office at 435-283-7230. Only courses that are equivalent to Snow College's general education courses and direct equivalencies to a student's specific program of choice will be accepted toward a degree. Granting elective credit may be handled on a case by case basis. Select SpanTran Credential Evaluation to start your evaluation.
Any Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) institution shall consider its General Education requirements completed by transfer students who have completed the General Education requirements of any other USHE institution. Upon request by transferring students, a sending institution shall provide certification when students have fully completed its General Education requirements.
If students wish to petition for exceptions to a college academic policy, they should be aware of the following:
A request to take a final exam at any time other than when it is officially scheduled must be initiated with the professor of the course. The Dean or Department Chair with oversight over the course must approve the request. A charge of $50.00 per exam will be assessed if the request is approved. Students are strongly discouraged from taking early final exams.
Students excused from school during an examination for approved school functions, will be allowed to take make-up examinations if the appropriate excused absence form has been signed by the instructor. Make-up examinations for other reasons will be at the discretion of the teacher, who will be the sole judge of the situation.
In addition, if a student has 3 or more officially scheduled final exams on the same day, he or she may request a change without paying a fee by contacting the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Noyes Building, room 310.