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Caution
: Be very careful what you upload to Turnitin or send to your professor for evaluation. Whatever you upload for
evaluation will be considered your final, approved draft. If it is plagiarized, you will be held responsible. The excuse that
“it was only a draft” will not be accepted.
Caution:
Also, do not share your electronic files with others. If you do, you are responsible for the possible
consequences. If another student takes your file of a paper and changes the name to his or her name and submits it and
you also submit the paper, we will hold both of you responsible for plagiarism. It is impossible for us to know with
certainty who wrote the paper and who stole it. And, of course, we cannot know if there was collusion between you
and the other student in the matter.
Penalties for Cheating:
Should a faculty member discover a student cheating on an exam or quiz or other class project,
the student should receive a “zero” for the assignment and not be allowed to make the assignment up. The incident
should be reported to the chair of the department and to the Honor Council. If the cheating is extensive, however, or if
the assignment constitutes a major grade for the course (e.g., a final exam), or if the student has cheated in the past, the
student should receive an “F” in the course, and the matter should be referred to the Honor Council. Under no
circumstances should a student who deserves an “F” in the course be allowed to withdraw from the course with a “W.”
Student Right of Appeal:
Faculty will notify students immediately via the student’s TAMIU e-mail account that they
have submitted plagiarized work. Students have the right to appeal a faculty member’s charge of academic dishonesty
by notifying the TAMIU Honor Council of their intent to appeal as long as the notification of appeal comes within 5
business days of the faculty member’s e-mail message to the student. The Student Handbook provides details.
UConnect, TAMIU E-Mail, and DustyA
LRT
Personal Announcements sent to students through TAMIU’s UConnect Portal and TAMIU E-mail are the official means of
communicating course and University business with students and faculty – not the U.S. Mail and not other e-mail
addresses. Students and faculty must check UConnect and their TAMIU e-mail accounts regularly, if not daily. Not
having seen an important TAMIU e-mail or UConnect message from a faculty member, chair, or dean is not accepted as
an excuse for failure to take important action. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign-up for DustyALRT (see
www.tamiu.edu). An instant cell phone text-messaging system allowing the University to communicate
immediately with you if there is an on-campus emergency, something of immediate danger to you, or a campus closing.
Copyright Restrictions
The Copyright Act of 1976 grants to copyright owners the exclusive right to reproduce their works and distribute copies
of their work. Works that receive copyright protection include published works such as a textbook. Copying a textbook
without permission from the owner of the copyright may constitute copyright infringement. Civil and criminal penalties
may be assessed for copyright infringement. Civil penalties include damages up to $100,000; criminal penalties include a
fine up to $250,000 and imprisonment.
Students with Disabilities
Texas A&M International University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified persons with
disabilities. This University will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines with
respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford students an equal educational opportunity. It is
the student's responsibility to register with the Director of Student Counseling and to contact the faculty member in a
timely fashion to arrange for suitable accommodations. For more information, contact the Office of Disability Services
for Students (DSS) via phone at 956.326.2230, on-line a
or by visiting
the staff at the University Success Center room 138.
NOTE: Include a American Disabilities Act (ADA) statement in your syllabus
to provide information to students in case they require alternative modes of
accessing content due to a disability. Adding contact information to the
University’s Disabilities office helps students in contacting the office for
assistance.
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