Student Grade Appeals and Student Academic Irregularities
Students who have just cause to appeal the assignment of a grade must first discuss the problem with their professor. Further appeals are then directed, in order, to their professor's Department Head, Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. (VSU Student Handbook, p. 44 ) Copies of the final course grade appeal policy, procedures, and form are available in the Office of the Registrar.
No student shall receive or give or attempt to receive or give assistance not authorized by the instructor in the preparation of any essay, laboratory, report, examination or other assignment included in any academic course.
No student shall take or attempt to take, steal, or otherwise procure in an unauthorized manner any material pertaining to the conduct of a class, including but not limited to tests, examinations, laboratory equipment, and roll books.
No student shall sell, give, lend, or otherwise furnish to any unauthorized person material which can be shown to contain the questions or answers to any examinations scheduled to be given at any subsequent date in any course of study offered by the University, without authorization from the University.
Plagiarism is prohibited. Themes, essays, term papers, tests, and other similar requirements must be the work of the student submitting them. When direct quotations are used, they must be indicated, and when the ideas of another are incorporated in the paper they must be appropriately acknowledged. VSU policy is that under the established process a violation of Section I of the Student Code of Conduct may and should be handled by the professor, the student and possibly the department head or dean concerned with the offense. However, the most severe sanction that may be administered through this process is to give a grade of “F” in the course. If a stronger sanction is felt to be needed, or if an agreement cannot be reached between the above parties concerning the incident, it is no longer a matter that addresses itself to the academic school or division. In such cases where a student may continue to violate Section I (Academic Student Conduct Code) after he or she has been warned or sanctioned by one or more professors, he or she should then be referred to the Dean of Students where official charges may be drawn up and the student subjected to the established disciplinary process (Section I, Academic Student Conduct Code, of Appendix A of the VSU Student Handbook)