- The term “College,” “Institution,” or “MC” means Mississippi College.
- The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the College, both full- time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies and those who attend post-secondary educational institutions other than MC and who reside in Mississippi College residence halls. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but have a continuing relationship with the College are considered “students.”
- The term “faculty member” means any person assigned by the College to conduct classroom activities.
- The term “College official” includes any person performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
- The term “member of the College community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, College official or any other person employed by the College. A person’s status in a particular situation relative to this code shall be determined by the Chief Judicial Officer.
- The term “College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by MC including adjacent streets and sidewalks.
- The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for College recognition.
- The term “judicial body” means any person or persons authorized by the Chief Judicial Officer to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code and to recommend imposition of sanctions.
- The term “Judicial Officer” means a College official authorized on a case-by- case basis by the Chief Judicial Officer to impose sanctions upon students found to have violated the Student Code. The Chief Judicial Officer may authorize a judicial officer to serve simultaneously as a judicial officer and the sole member or one of the members of a judicial body. Nothing shall prevent the Chief Judicial Officer or the Vice President for Enrollment Services and Dean of Students from serving as judicial officers or authorizing the same judicial officer to impose sanctions in all cases.
- The term “Appellate Body” means any person or persons authorized by the Chief Justice Officer to consider an appeal from a judicial body’s determination that a student has violated the Student Code or from the sanctions imposed by a Judicial Officer.
- The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.
- The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.
- The term “Chief Judicial Officer” means a College official authorized by the Vice President for Enrollment Services and Dean of Students to be responsible for the ongoing or temporary administration of the Student Code.
- The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations of the College as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code, the Mississippi College Student Handbook, written Residence Life material, and Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs, and any additional materials otherwise published or disseminated as policy.
- The terms “academic honesty,” which includes but is not limited to prohibitive acts such as “plagiarism” and “cheating,” is addressed in Policy 2.19: Academic Honesty in the MC Policies and Procedures Manual. The following is taken from that policy:
- The term “minimum sanction” means the very least punishment a student can expect if found responsible for violating the Student Code.
- The term “Strike Policy” applies to Sections J, K, and O.The term “computing facilities” includes, but is not limited to, computing labs and other computers on-campus that are accessed by or accessible to students. Personal computer use on-campus which uses College access to the internet or College phone lines may also be included in this definition as applied to prohibitive conduct.
Cheating on examinations, shall include, but not be limited to: (a) taking answers from another student’s paper or allowing answers to be taken from one’s own paper during an examination or quiz; (b) the use of notes or any other aid not specifically allowed or approved by the instructor; (c) unauthorized access to an unadministered examination or quiz and dissemination of same; (d) collaboration on take-home examinations unless specifically approved by the instructor. Cheating on course assignments, shall include, but not be limited to: (a) receiving editorial assistance beyond that expressly allowed by the instructor; (b) collaborating with another person in the preparation of any assignment offered for credit when such collaboration is prohibited by the instructor; (c) submitting the same work for credit in more than one course, regardless of whether or not such submission occurs within the same term. An exception may be granted if the student receives written permission in advance from his/her instructor(s).
No student shall submit as his or her own work any term paper, research paper, thesis or other academic assignment of original work that in any part is not in fact his/her own work. Knowingly using the ideas of another person and offering them as one’s own original ideas is prohibited by this policy to the same extent as knowingly using the words of another writer and offering them as one’s own original writing.
Other Academic Misconduct
Other academic misconduct shall include, but not be limited to: (a) unauthorized access to and/or the alteration of school records, including but not limited to, transcripts, grade books, class rolls, and grade reports. This prohibition extends to all such records of the university, including those which are stored and maintained electronically; (b) submitting any assignment for credit which is based in part or in total on data which is either fabricated or manufactured; (c) misrepresenting one’s self for the purpose of taking an examination for another student or allowing such representation to occur; (d) the forgery, alteration, and/or misuse of university documents, including student identification cards with intent to defraud, deceive, or mislead; (e) providing false or misleading information to avoid penalties for unexcused or excessive absences in any class or to obtain permission to drop a course without penalty after the established drop date.