RULES FOR THE PREVENTION

OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

 

Honor Pledge

 

Students are required to sign the statement:

 

               “On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received aid on this work.”

 

on all tests and written assignments, including National Board examinations, on which collaboration is not permitted.  In some cases the statement will be printed on the answer sheet with a space for the student’s signature.   If the statement is not preprinted, the student must write out the pledge and sign it.

 

The signed statement must be maintained by the department for five (5) years.

 

Examination Procedures:  Students

 

1.                        Students are to arrive on time for the exam.  Students arriving more than 15 minutes after the starting time will not be admitted and will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs. 

 

2.                        A student may have in his/her possession only those items necessary for the exam. All purses, backpacks, phones, other electronic devices, caps or other headgear, sunglasses, unnecessary items of clothing, or other such items must be left at the front or sides of the room.  “Unauthorized items in student’s possession during a test will be removed by a proctor.”

 

3.                        Students must be seated in their assigned seats prior to the distribution of examinations.

 

4.                        Students may not leave during the examination except to go to the restroom.  When they leave, their papers must be surrendered to a proctor who will make written note of the time.  A student may not be absent more than ten (10) minutes.

 

5.                        Absolutely no talking or disturbing behavior will be permitted.

 

6.                        No questions are permitted during the examination.

 

7.                        No beverages or food items are permitted in the examination room during the examination.

 

8.                        As appropriate under individual circumstances, a student found in violation of any of these guidelines will be subject to provisions of the Regents' Rules and Regulations pertaining to student discipline.  The Associate Dean for Student Affairs may also refer a student alleged or found to have engaged in dishonest behavior to the Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee (SEPC) and may request input from a student jury convened by the Student Committee on Academic Integrity and Professionalism (SCAIP).

Examination Procedures:  Faculty

 

1.                        For examinations other than National Board subject exams, multiple versions of the same examination with question or answer order rearranged will be administered. 

 

2.                        Students should be spaced as far apart as possible.  A student who does not sit in his or her assigned room or seat is considered in violation of these Rules.

 

3.                        Students must be seated prior to distribution of exams.

 

4.                        Students arriving more than 15 minutes late must not be admitted and must be referred to the Office of Student Affairs. 

 

3.            The only persons who may serve as chief proctors are the faculty of the Medical School.  Staff assistants, paid proctors and residents may be present to assist in proctoring the examination.  Each room shall have at least one chief proctor.  There shall be at least one (1) proctor for every thirty (30) students.

 

4.            Students will be presented with clipboard and cover sheet for practical examinations.  The students will be widely separated and whenever possible should proceed through the practical individually.  No one will be allowed to return to a station during routine procedure.  If practical examination sessions must be staggered, a system to prevent communication between students should be instituted and rigidly enforced.


HANDLING OF SUSPECTED

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

 

 

1.                        Any person with knowledge of academic dishonesty should submit a written statement of such allegations to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, who has authority and responsibility for administration of student discipline.  It shall be his/her duty to investigate allegations that a student has violated the Regents' Rules and Regulations.

 

2.            If the conduct of an examinee interferes with the testing conditions of other examinees and the examinee fails to respond to a warning, the chief proctor should escort the disruptive examinee from the testing room so that standardized conditions may be maintained.

 

3.            If an examinee is suspected of giving, copying, or otherwise receiving unauthorized information about the content of the examination while it is in progress, the following actions should be taken:

 

a.      Allow the examinee to complete the examination.  Unauthorized items in the student’s possession during a test will be removed.

 

b.      Confirm the observation with at least one other proctor.

 

c.      If the examinee is scheduled for an additional part of the examination in the same location, discreetly move the examinee during the break to another location where it will not be possible for the examinee to observe the examination papers of any other examinee.  If the examinee questions the reason for the move, explain that the seating change is being made to ensure the appropriate administration of the examination.

 

d.      If the incident involves written materials or recording, filming, or other electronic devices that may pose a risk to the security of the examination materials, do not permit the examinee to remove the materials or recording/filming devices from the room.

 

4.            Hearing procedures subsequent to allegations of academic dishonesty are governed by the Regents' Rules and Regulations.

 

5.            In the event that a student's disciplinary record includes a finding of academic dishonesty that indicates that he/she is not qualified to continue the study of medicine, it is the policy of the Medical School to seek a penalty of expulsion of the student from the Medical School.