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The School of Education and Human Development at FIU will not tolerate plagiarism.  Each instructor will discuss the forms of plagiarism in class.  Students are responsible for making sure they have a clear understanding of the definition of plagiarism.  All students will sign an Academic Misconduct Agreement stating that they have read and understood FIU's Statement on Academic Misconduct.

Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Code, Code of Academic Integrity. The Code is also found in the Florida International University, Student Handbook, pp. 39-44.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct is defined as the following intentional acts or omissions committed by any FIU student:

  • 1.01 Cheating

    1.01 Cheating: The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Any student helping another cheat may be found guilty of academic misconduct.

  • 1.02 Plagiarism

    1.02 Plagiarism: The deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions, or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism. Any student helping another to plagiarize may be found guilty of academic misconduct.

Procedures to Follow if Plagiarism Occurs

  • 1. Meet with student

    Meet with the student in order to inform him/her of the allegation(s), provide evidence, and allow the student to respond prior to either entering into an Informal Resolution or filing the Complaint Form Alleging Academic Misconduct with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

  • 2. Informal resolution

    An informal resolution outside of the formal hearing procedures should normally occur within fourteen (14) calendar days following date of the act or omission, or the date which the faculty became aware of the act or omission, The purpose of the informal meeting is for the faculty to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to file formal charges of misconduct, reach an informal resolution, or take no further action.

  • 3. Contact

    Prior to meeting informally with the student(s), the faculty should contact ELLIE VICTORIANO, (305-348-2800),, or for graduate students, contact Irene Baquero (305-348-3342), to determine whether the student(s) has a prior record of misconduct. If the student has a prior record, than an Informal resolution cannot take place and the faculty must file a formal complaint.

  • 4. Supervisor Presence

    The faculty's immediate supervisor should be present at an informal meeting. lf an informal resolution is reached, both the student(s), faculty, and the immediate supervisor will sign a Consent Agreement from which must be filed with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs no later than 7 calendar days following the informal meeting. The form should contain the terms and conditions of the agreement and any sanctions imposed. The student has 3 business days to cancel the agreement in writing or it becomes binding.

  • 5. No Informal Agreement

    If an informal agreement is not reached, the faculty then will take no further action or file the Complaint Form Alleging Academic Misconduct with the Office of Academic Affairs no later than 7 calendar days following the meeting.

  • 6. Academic Affairs Review

    Academic Affairs will review the Complaint and determine whether there is sufficient evidence to conduct a formal hearing. Academic Affairs will notify the student (s) of its determination. The student (s) then has 6 calendar days to respond in writing indicating whether he or she chooses to have the case resolved by Administrative Disposition of by a hearing of the University Academic Conduct Review Board. If the student does not respond in a timely fashion, he or she will be considered to have waived his or her rights to a Board hearing, and an Administrative Disposition meeting will be arranged (within 30 calendar days).

  • 7. Administrative Disposition Meeting

    In an Administrative Disposition meeting, the administrator may question both parties,. Witnesses may be brought in and the meeting is tape recorded. The administrator determines the decision which may be appealed by the student(s).

  • 8. Student Request to Board

    The student must request in writing for the Board to hear his or her case. Please refer to the web site cited above or to the FIU Student Handbook for further information about the hearing procedures.

Disciplinary Sanctions

The following are the disciplinary actions stated by Florida International University if instances of plagiarism are discovered:

  • ExpulsionPermanent separation of the student from the University preventing readmission to the institution. This sanction shall be recorded on the student's transcript.
  • Suspension - Temporary separation of the student from the University for a specified period of time. This sanction shall be recorded on the student's transcript. (In the semester prior to graduation, the student may petition to have the record removed from the transcript).
  • Disciplinary Probation - Formal, written warning that the continued enrollment of the student depends on the maintenance of satisfactory citizenship during the period of probation. May also include a deferred sanction, which identifies the minimum sanction that would occur, if the student were found responsible for any future misconduct. A record of disciplinary probation and deferred sanction will be kept in the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Failing or Reduction of Grade - Failing or grade reduction for the examination, project, or course assignment involved or for the course involved. May include prohibiting the use of the Forgiveness Policy for the course.
  • Restitution - Reimbursement for damages incurred.
  • Restriction - Temporary or permanent loss of privilege of the use of a University facility or service.
  • Service - A requirement to render a designated number of hours of specified service to the University or community.
  • Counseling - A requirement to seek professional counseling in order to remain at the University.
  • Education - A requirement to enroll in and successfully pass a specified course or program, which is determined as appropriate by the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.


Other disciplinary penalties as are considered fair and appropriate.

Sanctions resulting from an informal resolution may not include Expulsion, Suspension, or Disciplinary Probation.

The minimum sanction imposed on a student found responsible during a formal hearing will be failure of the course and a prohibition on the application of the Forgiveness Policy for that course. Sanctions might also include any of the sanctions listed above.

It shall be the responsibility of the appropriate Vice Provost or designee to keep a record and implement sanctions resulting from both the informal and formal misconduct procedures.

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