SBA Academic Honesty Policy

The Gonzaga University School of Business Administration (SBA) is committed to supporting and protecting academic honesty in all aspects of what we do. This Academic Honesty Policy was developed with that commitment in mind. It represents an application of the University policy (found here: to the SBA. We encourage all students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with both the University and SBA policies.

Although their duties are not identical, students and faculty share responsibility for enforcing this Academic Honesty Policy. This system reflects an assumption of innocence. Therefore, instructors should discuss any suspicions with the student(s) in question to determine if, in fact, a violation has occurred. Any proctor, TA, or faculty member who has good reason to believe that a violation of academic honesty has occurred must report this to the Associate Dean.

An instructor who is convinced that a violation of academic honesty has occurred in his or her course must discuss this with the student and with the Associate Dean before imposing any penalty. If the student and instructor are able to reach a mutually acceptable remedy which is sanctioned by the Associate Dean, the violation may be dealt with at this informal level. Even in the event of an informal resolution, a written report must still be sent to the Associate Dean, and the Associate Dean's approval is needed before a penalty is imposed. It will be a violation of the University's norms of academic citizenship for an instructor to impose a penalty for an alleged violation of academic honesty without such permission. In the event that a mutually acceptable remedy is not reached at the informal level, an allegation of academic dishonesty shall be brought to the Associate Dean for the formal process to begin.

The Associate Dean will, upon receiving a formal allegation of academic dishonesty, notify the student of the charge in writing within five working days. The student must meet with the Associate Dean within five class days of receiving this notice. At their first meeting, whatever else happens, the Associate Dean must:

  1. Ask the student if they understand the allegation and evidence
  2. Inform the student that if a decision is reached that they have violated the Academic Honesty Policy it may become known by prospective employers, graduate schools, etc.
  3. The allegation may be resolved immediately with the student's consent, or the student may have five more class days to reflect on it (without jeopardy) before the Associate Dean reaches a conclusion.

A student may appeal the decision of the Associate Dean to the Office of the Academic Vice-President. The process for doing so is outlined here:

*Adopted by SBA faculty: April 15, 2010
*Revised & Approved by SBA faculty: August 26, 2010