IUP Policies

Students in all IUP courses are bound by the IUP policies listed below as well as all other official policies outlined in IUP’s Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs:

Course Misconduct Policy

The world of the professional scholar depends on academic honesty. Not only is plagiarism shunned, but, in fact, the exact opposite is valued: the more references you know as a scholar, the more usefully your own work can be integrated with other people’s. Here at IUP, students caught cheating, plagiarizing, or in some other way violating IUP university policies will be disciplined accordingly, including potentially failing the course or being expelled from the university.

Academic Integrity Policy

IUP is committed to the fundamental values of academic integrity. Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarly endeavors and behaviors; it means that all academic work should be the result of an individual’s own effort. Academic assignments help students learn and allow them to exhibit this learning. Grades are an assessment of the extent to which learning has been demonstrated in assignments. Therefore, academic work and grades should be the result of a student’s own understanding and effort. All members of the IUP community – including students, faculty, and staff – are responsible for maintaining academic integrity, which includes knowing what IUP’s academic integrity policies are and being able to identify academic misconduct. Academic misconduct includes any action which improperly impacts the assessment or representation of a student’s academic achievement. Academic misconduct may result in disciplinary action, including expulsion from the University.

Academic integrity violations can take many forms. Violations of IUP’s standards of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following broadly defined categories: 

  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a type of fraud that involves stealing someone else’s work and lying about it. Using someone else’s words, ideas, or data as if it were one’s own work is plagiarism. Plagiarism applies to any type of source, whether published or unpublished, and to any type of assignment, whether written, verbal, or otherwise. Plagiarism can be avoided simply by acknowledging that certain material is the work of another, and then providing a citation that gives a reader the information necessary to find the source of the work. Any assignment submitted by a student that includes the words, ideas, or data of another must include complete, accurate, and specific references. Any verbatim statements must also include quotation marks. To assist instructors in detecting plagiarism, and to protect students from plagiarism, your written work may be submitted to a detection service that reviews submitted material for originality of content.
  • Fabrication: Fabrication means making something up to deceive or mislead someone. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of fictitious data, research, citations, or any other kind of information. Fabrication also includes making false claims to influence testing or grading, or to gain academic credit. 
  • Cheating: Cheating is an attempt to misrepresent one’s mastery of information or skills being assessed. Cheating takes many forms; it includes, but is not limited to, using (or attempting to use) unauthorized materials, assistance, information, devices or study aids in any academic exercise. Cheating also includes, among other things, using the same paper or work more than once without authorization of the faculty member to whom the work is being submitted. More information about what constitutes cheating and how to avoid it can be found online at the Office of the Provost website. 
  • Technological Misconduct: Computer dishonesty, as addressed by university computing policies, includes, but is not limited to, using or attempting to use computing accounts or other information for which the student is not authorized; providing false or misleading information to obtain a computing account or access to other information resources; attempting to obtain information resource access codes (usernames, passwords, PINs, etc.) for another user’s computing accounts; sharing information resource access codes (usernames, passwords, PINs, etc.) with other individuals; attempting to disguise the identity of a computing account or other information resource; using or attempting to use university network resources to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to remote computers including, but not limited to, port scanning; violating the terms of intellectual property rights, in particular software license agreements and copyright laws; using information resources to monitor another user’s data communications or to ready, copy, change, or delete another user’s files or software without permission of the owner; and using or installing or attempting to use or install software not properly licensed. More information about what constitutes technological misconduct and how to avoid it can be found online at the Office of the Provost website. 
  • Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty consists of any deceitful or unfair conduct relevant to a student’s participation in a course or any other academic exercise or function. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: tampering with grades, any action that unfairly impacts the assessment of one’s academic work, disrupting or interfering with the learning environment or the ability of others to complete academic assignments, intentionally evading IUP academic policies and procedures, or failure to comply with previously imposed sanctions for academic violations. Academic dishonesty also includes violations of student conduct policies, as related to the academic environment. A comprehensive discussion of IUP’s policies and student behavior expectations has been compiled in, “The Source: A Student Policy Guide.” Downloadable copies of “The Source” are available online at the Office of Student Support and Community Standards website (www.iup.edu/studentconduct). 
  • Facilitating Academic Integrity Violations: Facilitating academic integrity violations includes attempting to help another engage in an academic integrity violation. 
  • Classroom Misconduct: Conduct that significantly disrupts the learning process or is a threat to others. 
  • Unethical or Hazardous Behavior: Behavior that is unethical or hazardous in professional experience activities; for example, internship, practicum, service-learning experience, out of the classroom experience. 
  • Noncompliance: Noncompliant behavior includes failure to fulfill any sanction levied as a result of an academic integrity proceeding. 

Classroom Disruption Policy

Indiana University of Pennsylvania respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn while supporting the principle of freedom of expression. Maintenance of these rights requires classroom conditions that do not impede the learning process.

Instructors have a right and responsibility to maintain a proper learning environment in the classroom. As integral members of this partnership, students are expected to participate actively in the learning experience and must do so in an appropriate manner. 

Disruptive conduct in the classroom that interferes with the instructor’s performance of their professional functions or that undermines the integrity of student learning will not be tolerated. 

Civil expression and disagreement with the course instructor or other students in the class during times when the instructor permits discussion are not considered disruptive conduct. 

The instructor’s syllabus will serve as the primary guideline for defining disruptive conduct in any given course. 

In addition to any syllabus specifications, disruptive conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Students who routinely enter class late or depart early;
  • Students who repeatedly talk in class without being called upon;
  • Students who continually interrupt lectures;
  • Students who refuse to comply with an instructor’s request to stop disruptive conduct;
  • Students whose cell phones repeatedly ring and/or emit an audible sound during class or students who repeatedly text during class;
  • Students who harass an instructor/classmate;
  • Students who threaten an instructor/classmate, physically or verbally, or display aggressive behavior; 
  • Students whose disruptive conduct otherwise violates university policies including the Student Conduct Policies and Procedures and/or the Sexual Misconduct Policy. This disruptive conduct may result in instructor intervention and/or disciplinary action. 

The following procedures are designed to ensure the right of due process for both instructor and student, as well as the University’s right to impose penalties for infractions:

1. The instructor will apprise the student of the inappropriateness of the disruptive conduct and ask that the disruptive conduct cease. 

2. If disruptive conduct persists, the instructor may:

  • Refer the student to campus support services; and/or 
  • Remove the student from class for one class meeting and inform the student to contact the instructor prior to the next scheduled class meeting.

3. If the disruptive conduct persists and negatively impacts the learning of the other students, the instructor may request that the student be removed from class for more than one class period. To do this, the instructor will inform the department chair immediately and submit a signed and dated written statement of the incident to the department chair within two (2) academic calendar days. Within two (2) academic calendar days, the department chair will hold a meeting(s) with the instructor and the student to review the matter. If the student and the instructor cannot reach an agreement, the instructor may refer the student for a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.

If there is any suggestion of violence, instructors always should err on the side of safety by calling University Police. If the disruptive conduct cannot be mitigated by the above procedure, or if the disruptive conduct continues or magnifies negatively impacting the learning of fellow students, the instructor may, in consultation with the department chair, and with the consent of their academic dean, refer the case to the Office of Student Conduct for adjudication under the Code of Student Conduct and Procedures. The University can impose interim measures, as appropriate, pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct and Procedures.

Title IX and Protection of Minors Policy

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to comply with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the university’s commitment to offering supportive measures in accordance with the new regulations issued under Title IX, the university requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the university’s Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a university-approved research project.

Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the person designated in the University Protection of Minors Policy.

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is available here: