Filed under General University Policies

Academic Integrity

A university’s intellectual reputation depends upon the maintenance of the highest standards of academic honesty.  Commitment to those standards is the responsibility of all members of the school community.  ABTU requires all students, faculty, and staff to conduct themselves properly and produce academic work in an ethical manner.  Students are expected to conduct themselves with the highest academic standards at all times.  Cheating, falsifying documents, or plagiarism will not be tolerated.  ABTU utilizes internal procedures to audit instructors’ grading practices and student work.  This is done to ensure both instructors and students adhere to ABTU’s policies and procedures as related to Academic Integrity and Grading.

Academic dishonesty is serving as party to any of the following:

  • collaborating with someone else without the instructor’s permission
  • submitting another’s work—in any form or media—as your own (in whole or in part)
  • allowing someone other than the proper student to sit for an exam
  • failure to properly cite sources or failing to use quotation marks for direct quotes

These examples do not exhaust the breadth of academic dishonesty, but do give students a general idea of its nature. If a student has questions about an issue, they should contact ABTU and their questions will be answered appropriately. ABTU wants to assist students and prevent any issues related to academic dishonesty before they occur.

The penalties for these offenses are as follows:

  • First offense:  Student will receive a verbal or written warning from the instructor or Chief Academic Officer. Student will redo the assignment.
  • Second offense: Student receives a 0% on the assignment or test.
  • Third offense: Student receives an F for the course.
  • Fourth offense: Student is expelled from the University.

Students, faculty, and staff must also be cognizant of and avoid copyright infringement.  Copyright infringement is using someone else’s ideas or material, which may include a song, a video, a movie clip, a piece of visual art, a photograph, or other creative works, without authorization or compensation, if compensation is appropriate.  The use of copyright material without permission is against federal law, and penalties may include fines and/or imprisonment.


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Revised on 4/4/2018 removed “write a paper over APA format” in first offense. Replaced Dean of College with CAO

Revised on 8/19/2014 replaced “employs a third party” with “utilizes internal processes”

Revised on 06/12/2013 “replaced Director of Education with Dean of the College” TDB

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