Academic Policies

Academic Integrity Policy
Southwestern College assumes the academic integrity of its learners. In cases where academic integrity is in question, the following definitions and policies will apply.

Academic dishonesty is any act of cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, abuse of resources, forgery of academic documents, dissimulation, or sabotage, and any act of aiding and abetting academic dishonesty.

The following definitions make clear the policy of the college:

  • Cheating is using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise. Examples: copying homework, copying someone else’s test, using an unauthorized “cheat sheet,” etc.
  • Fabrication is the falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise. Examples: making up a source, giving an incorrect citation, misquoting a source, etc.
  • Plagiarism is the representation of the words and ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Examples: Plagiarism includes failing to give a citation for using work from another person or source. Modifications and rephrasings do not reduce the requirement for giving a citation. This also applies to information obtained electronically, such as from the Internet.
  • Dissimulation is the disguising or altering of one’s own actions as to deceive another about the real nature of one’s actions concerning an academic exercise. Examples: fabricating excuses for such things as missing classes, postponing tests, handing in late papers, turning in a paper for one class that was originally written for another class (when original work is requested), etc.
  • Abuse of resources is the damaging of any resource material or inappropriately limiting access to resource material which is necessary for academic work. Examples: hiding library materials, removing noncirculating material from the library, hiding or stealing another person’s textbook, notes or software, failure to return library materials when requested by the library, etc.
  • Forgery of academic documents is the unauthorized changing or construction of any academic document.  Examples: changing transcripts, changing grade books, changing grades on papers which have been returned, forging signatures, etc.  Examples also include completion of an application for any Southwestern academic program which omits or falsifies any requested information. Such violations can result in the revocation of the application, even if approval was previously granted on the basis of fabricated information.
  • Sabotage is the damaging or impeding of the academic work of another student.  Examples: ruining another student’s lab work, destroying another student’s term paper, etc.
  • Aiding and abetting academic dishonesty is knowingly facilitating any act defined in 1-7.

Policies for Dealing with Academic Dishonesty
Violations of the academic integrity policy will result in one or more of the following: A zero for the assignment (paper, exam or project), an F for the course, or a disciplinary hearing before the graduate studies council and possible suspension from the institution.

All infractions must be reported in writing to the appropriate academic administrator. The student will also be notified. The appropriate academic administrator's office shall keep a record of reported infractions and sanctions.

Any student so suspended has a right to an appeal. If a student wishes to appeal, the request should be made in writing and must be received in the appropriate academic administrator's office by the date determined by the appropriate academic administrator in consultation with the graduate studies council.

Any violation of the policy not under the supervision of a faculty member will be handled by recommendation of the appropriate academic administrator to the graduate studies council.

Adapted and used by permission from Tabor College.

Privacy Policy
Southwestern College adheres to the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment). Information pertaining to students is available for their inspection in the following offices: program offices; registrar; and college services (student accounts). The following information has been designated directory information and appears in the student directory and other college publications. Other information is for statistical analysis and government reporting. Student name, social security number, local address and telephone number, permanent address and telephone number, dates of attendance, school(s) previously attended, academic level, number of credits enrolled, enrollment category (full-time, half-time, other), degrees and awards received, date and place of birth, religious preference, photograph. Students have the right to make written request that no information be released regardless of circumstances or office involved. Such a request must be made annually at the college services counter.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Southwestern College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, handicap, or other non- merit reasons, in admission, educational programs or activities, and employment, all as required by applicable laws and regulations. Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries, including those concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, has been delegated to the Vice President for Business Affairs, Christy Administration Building, Southwestern College, 100 College Street, Winfield, Kansas 67156, (620) 229-6235.

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