PennWest Edinboro is an equal opportunity education institution and employer and will
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation
and disability in its activities, education programs or employment practices as required
by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, ADEA and the ADA.
PennWest Edinboro and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive
educational environment for all students. In order to comply with the requirements
of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the University's commitment to
offering supportive measures in accordance with the new regulations issued under Title
IX, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence
shared by students to the University's Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to
the faculty member's reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are
communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for
a class, or as part of a University-approved research project. Faculty members are
obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is,
a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the
person designated in the University protection of minors policy. Information regarding
the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of
sexual violence is set forth here.
PennWest Edinboro offers services to meet the accommodation needs of students with
many types of disabilities. The Office for Accessibility Services (OAS) provides services to students based upon documentation of a disability and a request
for accommodations based on this disability.
It is expected that all work submitted through this course is the student's original work, generated for the express purpose of completing the requirements of this course. All papers submitted in this course may be screened for originality using Turnitin's plagiarism detection software. This software checks submissions for text matches, Web content, books including classic works of literature, and newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. Students are to be aware that academic dishonesty is not tolerated in this course and should be familiar with the following definitions:
Cheating. Behaviors including, but not limited to, use of unauthorized notes or reference materials during examinations; copying answers from another student's paper during an examination; the unauthorized possession of academic materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of course assessment materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of information or collaboration regarding tests, or other course assignments; aiding another to engage in cheating; and/or all other acts of academic dishonesty that any member of this academic community would reasonably understand to be a breach of this academic integrity statement will be considered cheating and an act of academic dishonesty.
Plagiarism. Plagiarism may be defined as the act of taking the ideas and/or expression of ideas
of another person and representing them as one's own. This includes, but is not limited
to, using ideas or passages from a work without properly attributing the source, paraphrasing
the work of another without giving proper credit, and/or the sale, purchase, or exchange
of papers or research. It is the student's responsibility to know what plagiarism
is and to properly cite the work of others. If a student is in doubt, it is their
responsibility to resolve any ambiguity prior to submitting the work. Plagiarism is
nothing less than an act of theft, and, as such, is subject to University disciplinary
Students are expected to attend each and every class meeting in its entirety, and
faculty members shall maintain a record of classroom attendance. Each student is responsible
for verifying his or her attendance when arriving late to class and/or justifying
early departure. Class absences are excused for medical reasons, university activities
approved by the appropriate vice president or designee, and/or for personal exigencies.
University activities appropriate to be considered as an excused absence include but
are not limited to: scheduled athletic events, cultural events, academic competitions,
etc., in which the student is a participant. Other appropriate situations include:
military duties, auto accidents, death in immediate family, medical emergencies. Verification
of such absences may be required by the instructor, and the student is responsible
for make-up work as required by the instructor.