Student Accountability

Student Advocacy and Accountability encourages student success by promoting the highest standards of academic integrity and personal conduct.  The accountability process (as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct) is designed to be educational and facilitate learning.

LSUS Code of Conduct

Maintaining Academic Integrity

At LSUS, students are held to high standards of academic integrity. Below are some common academic missteps to avoid.

Understanding Plagiarism

Nearly everyone understands that copying exact phrases from another writer's work and representing them as one's own work constitutes plagiarism. However, plagiarism involves much more. LSU Shreveport defines plagiarism as including any use of another's work and submitting that work as one's own. This means not only copying passages of writing or direct quotations, but also paraphrasing or using the same structure or ideas without citation. Learning how to paraphrase and when and how to cite is an essential step in maintaining academic integrity.

Plagiarism occurs most often in written work, but can occur in other types of scholarly work, including computer code, music, scientific data and analysis, and electronic publications.

Paraphrasing

A paraphrase is the use of another's ideas to enhance one's own work. In a paraphrase, the author rewrites, in his or her own words, the ideas taken from the original source. Paraphrased material is not set within quotation marks, but must still be cited. While the ideas may be borrowed, the borrower's writing must be entirely original. Changing a few words or rearranging words or sentences is not paraphrasing. Even if properly cited, a paraphrase that is too similar to the writing of the original is plagiarized. A paraphrase is usually more concise than the original and always has a different sentence structure and word choice.

Collaboration

Unauthorized collaboration and plagiarism and are very closely related areas of academic dishonesty. Both involve the same fundamental deception: the representation of another's work as one's own. Group efforts that are not approved by the instructor often constitute plagiarism, in addition to unauthorized collaboration. If you have any questions regarding whether work should be completed individually or as a group, ask your instructor for guidelines.

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Accountability Process Flowchart

This flowchart details the accountability process at LSUS. Please click on the chart to see a larger PDF version.

Submitting a Referral

Initiating the Accountability Process

Any faculty, staff, or student who has a reasonable basis to believe that a student may have committed a violation of the Code of Student Conduct shall present this information to the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office. The information should be in writing, and the complainant should provide his or her contact information; however, the initial contact may be in person or by telephone. In addition, official reports from LSUS Police Department, Pilots Pointe Apartments, any University department, and other police entities will also be accepted.

Faculty are encouraged to include the following information when reporting a possible academic misconduct violation:

  • A written summary of the alleged violation.
  • A copy of the assignment in question. If the assignment is a paper, please mark the areas of concern and provide a copy of the suspected source.
  • A copy of the course syllabus.
  • A copy of the assignment instructions.

Faculty's Role in the Accountability Process

A reporting faculty member is not expected to conduct a full investigation of the alleged misconduct. Providing the information that is mentioned above fulfills the responsibility in submitting a referral with the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office. Faculty may choose to notify student(s) that an irregularity in an assignment was detected and that the assignment has been forwarded to the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office for review. If faculty members prefer not to have contact with the student regarding the referral, the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office will make the notification. Faculty are encouraged not to engage in communication with the student(s) regarding the assignment in question. However, communication about other course requirements may continue. Additionally, faculty should redirect student questions about the accountability process and potential outcomes to the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office.

The Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability will schedule an accountability meeting with the referred student. The matter may be resolved administratively if the student accepts responsibility for his or her conduct in writing, agrees to the outcome recommended by the Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability, and waives his or her right to have the case considered by the University Hearing Panel. However, if a charged student declines the Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability’s outcome or the Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability declines to issue an outcome, the matter will be referred to the University Hearing Panel.

If a University Hearing Panel is convened, the reporting faculty member will be called to serve. The panel members and the charged student would then have the opportunity to ask the faculty member questions about the alleged misconduct.

Following an administrative resolution or a University Hearing Panel meeting, the reporting faculty member will be informed of the case outcome.

Incompletes or "I" Grades

Faculty members should not assign a grade to any assignment referred to the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office.

When reporting incidents of academic misconduct near the end of a semester, faculty members should submit an "I" or incomplete for the student(s) in question. This will allow the time needed for the Student Advocacy and Accountability Office to gather information and conduct the accountability process. Once the matter is resolved and an accountability outcome is issued, the faculty member may calculate the final grade, with the outcome in mind, and submit a Removal of "I" Grade Form (located in DocuSign).