The New School views “academic honesty and integrity” as the duty of every member of an
academic community to claim authorship for his or her own work and only for that work, and to
recognize the contributions of others accurately and completely. This obligation is fundamental
to the integrity of intellectual debate, and creative and academic pursuits. Academic honesty and
integrity includes accurate use of quotations, as well as appropriate and explicit citation of
sources in instances of paraphrasing and describing ideas, or reporting on research findings or
any aspect of the work of others (including that of faculty members and other students).
Academic dishonesty results from infractions of this “accurate use”. The standards of academic
honesty and integrity, and citation of sources, apply to all forms of academic work, including
submissions of drafts of final papers or projects. All members of the University community are
expected to conduct themselves in accord with the standards of academic honesty and integrity.
Students are responsible for understanding the University’s policy on academic honesty and
integrity and must make use of proper citations of sources for writing papers, creating,
presenting, and performing their work, taking examinations, and doing research. Through
syllabi, or in assignments, faculty members are responsible for informing students of policies
with respect to the limits within which they may collaborate with, or seek help from, others.
Individual divisions/programs may require their students to sign an Academic Integrity
Statement declaring that they understand and agree to comply with this policy.
The New School recognizes that the different nature of work across the schools of the University
may require different procedures for citing sources and referring to the work of others. Particular
academic procedures, however, are based in universal principles valid in all schools of The New
School and institutions of higher education in general. This policy is not intended to interfere
with the exercise of academic freedom and artistic expression.
An administrator or faculty member at each of the divisions/programs of the University is the
Dean’s designee with responsibility for administering the University’s Academic Honesty and
Integrity Policy (hereinafter “school designee”). The name of each School Designee is listed at
the end of this policy.
The steps below are to be followed in order. If the two parties come to agreement at any of the
steps, they do not need to proceed further.
Throughout this policy where correspondence is indicated, but the method is not specified, New
School e-mail accounts and/or hard copy, sent through regular mail or hand delivery, may be
used and is considered a good faith effort of notification on the part of the University. Each
school will follow internal procedures for tracking correspondences with students related to this
All time frames indicated by days refer to business days that do not include when the
University’s administrative offices are closed, including weekends and holidays.
Grades awarded under the university’s Academic Integrity and Honesty Policy are not subject to
review under this Grade Appeal Policy.
Step 1: Notification to Student
A faculty member who suspects that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty will meet
with the student. It is expected that the faculty member will contact the student within ten (10)
days after the last day of classes for that semester in which the alleged incident occurs. If
academic dishonesty is alleged on an examination, paper, or creative work due within the last
two weeks of classes, the faculty member should submit an incomplete grade until the student
can be properly notified and the matter resolved. If grading a major culminating work (for
example, a Senior Exhibit, final course paper, Masters Thesis, or Doctoral Dissertation) which
may take longer to evaluate, faculty may request an exception to this deadline through the
The student must contact the faculty member within ten (10) days of the notification to schedule
a meeting with the faculty member. The faculty member is responsible for setting the meeting.
This meeting can be in person or via telephone. A student who fails to respond in the time
required will be deemed to have waived his/her rights under this policy. If the student does not
respond, and the faculty member determines that the infraction is an actionable offense, s/he will
inform in writing the School’s Designee of his/her determination and include copies of the
following: correspondence with the student, syllabi, and course assignments.
In cases where the student is taking a course with a faculty member of a different school, the
faculty member’s school designee will inform the student’s School Designee who will then
oversee the adjudication process.
Step 2: Faculty Meeting with Student
During the meeting with the student, the faculty member will review the allegations with the
student and allow the student the opportunity to respond. The student and/or the faculty member
may, on a voluntary basis, request the presence of a designated third party from the student’s
school or the University’s student ombudsman. A Third Party is appointed within each school
for this purpose and can assist in clarifying questions about this policy and its processes, and
facilitate communication between the faculty member and the student. The name of each Third
Party is listed at the end of this policy and the School Designee can never also serve as a Third
Party. If the faculty member and/or the student elect to have a third party present, the requestor
is responsible for notifying the other of his/her decision in advance of the meeting.
During this meeting, the student may either accept responsibility for the allegations or dispute
them. Regardless, the faculty member will consult with the School Designee and then make one
or more of the following determinations:
- Indicate that the student has not committed an infraction of this policy.
- Indicate that the student has committed an infraction and impose one of the
a. require the student to resubmit the assignment; or
b. give the student a failing grade for that particular assignment; or
c. give the student a failing grade for the course.
- Indicate that the student has committed an egregious infraction supporting the
recommendation to the Dean that the student be suspended or expelled. Examples
of egregious infractions include, but are not limited to: (1) multiple instances of
academic dishonesty in a single course, (2) repeated instances of academic
dishonesty by a student in different courses, and (3) academic dishonesty related to
a major culminating work such as a Senior Exhibit, Masters Thesis or Doctoral
The faculty member will send correspondence as well as syllabi and course assignments to the
School Designee with his/her determination.
In the rare and exceptional circumstance where the Step 2 process cannot occur, the instructor or
the School’s Designee shall notify the student of the instructor’s concern that the student has
engaged in academic dishonesty and that the matter has been referred to the Dean for resolution.
In such cases, the student may proceed as set forth in the Appeals Procedures.
Step 3: Review of Faculty Determination and Possible Imposition of Sanctions by School
The school designee will review the faculty member’s determination and consult, as needed,
with appropriate academic personnel. Based on the faculty member’s determination, the nature
of the most recent violation as it relates to past violations, consistency within the division and
across the University, and on any other relevant information pertaining to the student’s record at
the University, the School Designee may determine that modified sanctions should be imposed
on the student that can include, but are not limited to, suspension or expulsion.
Recognizing the importance of the decision for the student, the faculty member and the School
Designee will notify the student in writing of the sanction(s) as soon as possible, but not more
than twenty (20) days after receipt of the faculty member’s written recommendation. In addition,
the School Designee will notify the appropriate offices in the school, the faculty member, the
faculty member’s School Designee (if the course at issue is offered through another school), as
well as the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life.
If the student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the adjudication procedures, s/he has the right to
Student’s Right to Appeal
The student may appeal the school designee’s decision to the Dean/Director of the School or
his/her designee (hereinafter “Dean”). The appeal must be in writing and sent within ten (10)
days of the decision letter received by the student. The student may request that the Dean
convene a meeting of the existing committee that is responsible for academic standards and
standing, or convene such a committee should one not already exist, to review the appeal. No
member of this committee will have been part of the appeals process to date. The committee’s
recommendation will be made to the Dean, whose decision is final except in cases where the
student has been suspended or expelled. Alternately, the student may waive review by a
committee and request that the appeal be reviewed exclusively by the Dean or his/her designee,
who will not be the School’s Designee.
The student’s appeal must be reviewed within fifteen (15) days of receipt. Note that an appeal to
the Dean may result in a stricter penalty than that applied by the School Designee. The student
must be notified in writing of the appeal decision within five (5) days of the decision. A copy of
the decision must be sent to the faculty member who brought the initial allegations, the Office of
the Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life, and other offices as appropriate. The
Dean’s decision is final, and not subject to further appeal, except in cases where the decision is
either to suspend or expel.
Appeal to the Provost
A student who has been ordered suspended or expelled from the University because of a
violation of this policy may appeal to the Provost or his/her designee (hereinafter “Provost”).
The appeal must be made in writing within five (5) days of receipt of the Dean’s decision.
If the Provost decides to consider the appeal, such a review will be limited to: (a) whether the
adjudication procedures outlined in this policy were properly followed; and (b) whether the
sanction imposed is appropriate given the nature of the violation, and is consistent with sanctions
imposed across the University in the past for similar violations. Note that an appeal to the
Provost may result in a stricter penalty than that applied by the Dean; i.e. an appeal of a Dean’s
decision of suspension could result in the Provost’s decision of expulsion. The Provost will,
within ten (10) days of receipt of the request, make a determination. The Provost’s decision is