Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is a necessity in a learning community. It makes coherent discourse possible, and is a necessary condition for all sharing, dialogue and evaluation. Academic dishonesty is a violation of the Evergreen campus Student Code and the Washington State Student Conduct Code (WAC 174), and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Plagiarism defined as appropriating or incorporating any other person's published or unpublished work in one's own work without full, clear and correct acknowledgment;
  2. Copying from another person's academic work without proper acknowledgment;
  3. Using assistance or materials that are expressly forbidden to complete an academic product or assignment;
  4. The unauthorized collaboration with any other person during the completion of independent academic work;
  5. Knowingly falsifying or assisting in falsifying or assisting in falsifying in whole, or in part, the contents of one's academic work;
  6. Permitting any other person to substitute oneself to complete academic work; or
  7. Engaging in any academic behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course covenant, syllabus, or individual or class discussion.

A proven case of academic dishonesty by a graduate student will result in the loss of credit and possible dismissal from the graduate program.

Procedure: If a first time incident of plagiarism is minor, it may be approached as a teachable moment (Ex. lack of citation for quotes or paraphrasing) by the course faculty. However, if the first or subsequent incident of plagiarism is major or egregious (Ex. copying another student’s work or copying any work not originated by the student), the student may be referred to the campus Conduct Officer. Faculty will notify the student if this occurs. Conduct Officer will do an investigation into the evidence of plagiarism and also follow up with the student and faculty. Upon the outcome of the investigation, faculty will determine if there is a loss of credit for the course.  If there is a loss of credit, faculty will inform the MPA Director and subsequently student dismissal from the MPA program may occur. Here is a link to Evergreen's Student Rights and Responsibilities, as well as a link to Evergreen's Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Duty to Report

All faculty and staff are responsible employees. We have a duty to report any significant safety concern including (but not limited to): notice of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, or harm to self/suicide attempt to the authorities or appropriate parties. More information is available through the campus policies page.

Reasonable Notice

In administrative processes where student(s) are accused or involved in behavioral or academic transgressions, reasonable efforts shall be made to provide notice of the issue to the student(s) in question via their Evergreen e-mail account. This will be done in a discretionary manner, with the primary consideration that of personal safety.