»Academic Integrity & Policies

The Academic Integrity Committee is responsible for defining academic integrity and establishing policies and procedures for investigating, hearing, and sanctioning alleged violations of academic integrity. The Committee makes investigations and determinations of alleged violations of academic integrity policies and invokes the appropriate sanction as stipulated by Chapman University's Policies on Academic Integrity. The procedures students should follow if they want to appeal to the Council are outlined in Chapman University's Policy on Academic Integrity.

Chapman University is a community of scholars that emphasizes the mutual responsibility of all members to seek knowledge honestly and in good faith. Students are responsible for doing their own work, and academic dishonesty of any kind will be subject to sanction by the instructor and referral to the university's Academic Integrity Committee, which may impose additional sanctions up to and including expulsion. Please see the full description of Chapman University's Policy on Academic Integrity for more information.This document represents the Academic Integrity Policy of Chapman University as it pertains to students and to the responsibility of faculty in handling cases of alleged academic dishonesty.

Integrity in Research – The University's Policy on Integrity in Research applies to faculty as well as graduate students.

The graduate catalog provides detailed information on University-wide policies and rules pertaining to graduate study as well as those specific to each college and program.

+-Student Conduct Code

At Chapman University, all students are expected to adhere to the policies that govern student behavior outlined in the Student Conduct Code. The Office of Student Conduct at Chapman University administers oversight for the Student Conduct Code and proactively seeks to educate the Chapman University campus community about appropriate choices and behavior.

+-Grievance Procedures

Students who have concerns about campus academic policies, procedures, or other policies are encouraged to bring those concerns or complaints to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education. For academic matters, the process normally begins with the faculty member involved. Appeals typically go to the department chair, the academic dean, the Graduate Studies Council, and then the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education. For non–academic matters (issues related to departments such as residence life, facilities management, business office, etc.), students should first discuss the matter with the head of the appropriate department with appeals to the appropriate supervisor.

Academic Grievance and Appeal Procedures

The Graduate Studies Council and the Faculty Academic Council are responsible for creating academic policies and procedureswithin the university. A student's petition to deviate from general university policies is submitted to the department via a Graduate General Petition form available in the department. After consideration at the department level the petition is forwarded to the Office of the University Registrar. Petitions are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Council in the following cases:

1)   Adding or dropping courses after enrollment deadlines

2)   Challenge of a grade in a course

3)   Changing the grading option after the specified deadline

4)   Overload of credit

5)   Late withdrawal of courses not related to a medical reason, family emergency or military/occupational relocation

6)   Limitation/acceptance of credit

7)   Other degree related issues

8)   Other miscellaneous petitions

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