Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The term “plagiarism” means representing another individual’s words, ideas, opinions, formulæ, programs, or products as one’s own without attributing them to their true sources. Intentional or unintentional failure to attribute facts that are not common knowledge (whether represented in textual, graphic, statistical, or visual form) also constitutes plagiarism. All writing submitted for formal and informal assessment must be the student’s own work.

Whether a student copies verbatim or paraphrases without explicitly acknowledging the source, the student has committed intellectual property theft. Receiving permission from the original author to use his or her ideas or words is irrelevant and in no way lessens the seriousness of a failure to acknowledge and credit sources. Writing a paper by cutting and pasting passages from other sources is never acceptable, even if those sources appear in the reference list or bibliography. In drafting and composing all papers and other written work, students must make every effort to distinguish their own ideas, arguments, and knowledge from information derived from other sources. These sources include not only published primary and secondary print and digital texts, but also information, opinions, and arguments gained directly from other persons, including fellow students.

Individual students are responsible for learning effective methods of acknowledging and citing sources. They should consult their instructors, the Graduate Writing Center, as well as other reputable resources that define plagiarism and that provide instruction on avoiding this serious breach of academic and professional conduct. Further resources available for avoiding plagiarism and the perception thereof include software programs designed to detect plagiarism.

The term “cheating” includes providing, soliciting, or receiving assistance before or during an examination or quiz that is not explicitly authorized by the instructor of record. Copying from a fellow student’s examination or quiz paper, possessing or using unauthorized material during an examination or quiz (e.g. notes, books, electronic devices), and continuing to write after an exercise has ended all constitute cheating. Inadmissible forms of assistance include allowing a fellow student to copy from an examination or quiz paper, sharing unauthorized materials (e.g. notes, books, electronic devices), and talking or whispering during an examination or quiz. Similarly egregious violations of these standards include, but are not limited to: taking an examination or quiz paper from the room and later claiming that the instructor lost it; changing answers after the examination or quiz has been returned; fraudulent possession of an examination or quiz prior to administration; obtaining a copy of an examination, quiz, or solution key prior to administration; taking an examination or quiz for another student; and persuading another person to take an examination or quiz for oneself.

The extent of collaboration with fellow students on papers and projects may vary, depending on the policies and requirements set by individual faculty members. Students must assume that collaboration in the completion of assignments is strictly prohibited unless explicitly permitted or required by the instructor of record. Students must acknowledge any collaboration and its extent in any assignment submitted for formal or informal assessment.

In the conduct of primary and secondary empirical research, students must record their results honestly, accurately, and completely. Falsification of data or results includes misrepresentations, distortions, or egregious omissions in the presentation of findings and conclusions. Such falsification is considered a flagrant violation of academic integrity and professional conduct.

The terms "The Middlebury Institute", “The Institute”, “Institute”, and “MIIS” refer to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and for purposes of this document and the processes described herein, these aforementioned terms shall be viewed as one and the same.

The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the Middlebury Institute, either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, as well as those alumni or students not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the Institute, or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Middlebury Institute Student Code of Conduct shall still be subject to the processes stipulated herein for so long as the Middlebury Institute shall deem appropriate.

The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the Middlebury Institute to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the Middlebury Institute to be a member of its faculty as defined in the MIIS Faculty Handbook. The term “Middlebury Institute official” includes any person employed by the Middlebury Institute, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities. The term “member of the Middlebury Institute community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, official, or any other person employed by the Middlebury Institute. The student conduct administrator shall determine a person’s status in a particular situation.

The term “The Middlebury Institute premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, leased, used, or controlled by the Institute (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).

The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for the Institute recognition and/or registration.

The provost is the person who has been designated by the Middlebury Institute president to be responsible for the administration of the Student Conduct Code.

The term “student conduct administrator” means a Middlebury Institute official authorized by the provost to impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. The provost may authorize a student conduct administrator to serve simultaneously as a student conduct administrator and the sole member or one of the members of the Student Conduct Board. The provost may authorize the same student conduct administrator to impose sanctions in all confirmed cases of violation. In cases involving charges of academic dishonesty, at least two members of APSIC shall be appointed to assist the student conduct administrator in conducting an investigation to determine if charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the student conduct administrator.

The term “Student Conduct Board” means any person or persons authorized by the student conduct administrator to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when said violation has been confirmed. Should Student Conduct Board hearings be conducted to adjudicate a violation of academic policies and standards, two APSIC members shall serve as members of the Student Conduct Board.

The term “Appellate Board” means any person or persons authorized by the Provost to consider an appeal concerning a Student Conduct Board’s determination as to whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct or regarding the sanctions imposed by the student conduct administrator.

The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.

The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

The term “policy” means the written regulations of the Middlebury Institute as found in, but not limited to, the “Student Code of Conduct,” the Student Resource Guide, the Middlebury Institute Web site, the Policies and Standards Manual and any other Institute catalog or document to which students have reasonable access.

The term “complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated the Middlebury Institute Student Code of Conduct. When a student believes that s/he has been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes s/he has been a victim will have the same rights under this Student Code of Conduct as are provided to the complainant, even if another member of the Institute community submitted the charge itself.

The term “accused student” means any student accused of violating this Student Code of Conduct.