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Academic Honesty

The Curtis Institute of Music is committed to musical and academic integrity. Curtis pledges to create an atmosphere conducive to creativity, learning, and achievement, in keeping with the mission of the school. Guidelines and policies detail students' and teachers' rights and obligations as members of Curtis's community and are provided to foster excellence on stage and in the classroom.


Academic Honesty Policy

Students enrolled in courses at The Curtis Institute of Music will be expected to complete their work with the highest degree of academic integrity.

Students whose work or conduct is considered to be in violation of this policy will be confronted by their teachers and required to follow the procedures outlined below to determine whether an infraction has occurred and how best to resolve the violation.

Responsibilities of the Instructor

The Curtis Institute of Music will publish this policy on the website in order to make it available to every student and faculty member. Instructors are obliged to include a statement concerning the Academic Honesty Policy in their syllabi, and they are encouraged to discuss the policy with their students.

If an instructor suspects that a student has violated the policy, the instructor will request an explanation from the student. If the instructor determines that no violation has occurred, the matter will be dropped. If the instructor determines that a violation has occurred and it is a first offense for the student, the instructor may resolve the matter by following the procedures for an informal or a formal resolution. Any additional violations will require formal resolutions.

Responsibilities of the Student

Students should be familiar with the Academic Honesty Policy and should bring any questions or concerns they have about the policy and its application to the attention of an academic faculty member or the dean.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will be judged seriously and thoroughly. The following actions will be considered infractions of the policy: plagiarism; cheating; and receiving and/or providing unauthorized assistance on exams, essays, composition projects, or harmony, counterpoint, or solfège homework. Other violations include: presenting the work of others as your own and using technological devices that have not been approved by the instructor.

Informal Resolution

If an instructor or proctor observes an act of academic dishonesty, or if an instructor or proctor believes that a student has engaged in an academically dishonest act outside of the classroom, he or she may confront the student in question and require the student's attendance at a meeting to discuss the incident.

In the case of academic dishonesty, the instructor may choose to resolve the issue by failing the student on that particular assignment, exam, or essay. It is recommended that the instructor make a note of the incident and its resolution for his or her personal file and inform the dean in accordance with current guidelines.

If a student violates the Academic Honesty Policy a second time, the instructor must begin the formal resolution process immediately.

Formal Resolution

Any instructor or student may choose to utilize the office of the dean to create a formal resolution of the alleged infraction of the Academic Honesty Policy.

If an instructor or proctor observes a student violating the Academic Honesty Policy, or suspects a violation has occurred, he or she will discuss the infraction with the student. If the instructor determines that a formal resolution is required, he or she will inform the dean and, together, they will determine an appropriate sanction for the violation. The instructor will write an account of the incident and the resolution for his or her own file and will send copies to the student and the dean. If a student has committed more than one act of academic dishonesty, the major teacher will be notified.

If a student is found to have violated the Academic Honesty Policy and feels that the decision or the sanctions are inappropriate, he or she has the right to initiate the appeals process.

Sanctions

Students who violate the Academic Honesty Policy may be sanctioned in any or all of the following ways: grade penalty (an instructor may refuse to correct an assignment or exam and/or may require the rewriting of the assignment or exam), grade reduction (a grade of F will be given for the work in which the offense occurred), course failure, academic probation, expulsion from the Bachelor of Music program, and expulsion from the Institute.

For sanctions of lower rank than course failure, the dean and the instructor will determine whether a permanent report should be placed in the student's file, the final decision resting with the dean. For sanctions of course failure, academic probation, expulsion from the Bachelor of Music program, or expulsion from the Institute, a permanent report will be placed in the student's file.

Appeals Process

A student who has been found to have violated the Academic Honesty Policy has the right to appeal the decision to the instructor and to the dean in writing and must initiate the process within ten school days from being informed of the determination of the violation. The student also has the right to request that the academic appeals committee hear the case and render a decision. The only issues that may be appealed by the student are (1) Did a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy occur? and (2) Was the sanction determined by the instructor and/or the dean inappropriate?

When a student has taken an informal appeal to the instructor and the dean, the decision on that appeal will constitute the administrative decision from which a further appeal may be taken to the academic appeals committee. A student (or parent) shall have ten school days following the receipt of that administrative decision to make a request for a formal hearing before the academic appeals committee. The ruling of the academic appeals committee shall be final.

Sources: This Academic Honesty Policy was developed by a faculty committee, which reviewed the policies of numerous institutions, including the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Lock Haven University, and Drexel University.

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