September 12, 2017
Approved by Dean’s regulation no. 1-24/367
Procedure for processing a student’s violation of academic practices and contemptible behavior in the School of Information Technologies
1. General provisions
1.1 This document establishes the procedure for prevention, processing and imposing penalties for a student’s violation of academic practices and contemptible behavior in the School of Information Technologies.
1.2 The procedure for processing a student’s violation of academic practices and contemptible behavior in the School of Information Technologies is based on the following documents: Academic Policies, Code of Academic Ethics of Tallinn University of Technology and Regulations on Completion of Studies at Tallinn University of Technology.
1.3 According to Academic Policies, the following activities shall be deemed a violation of academic practices and contemptible behavior:
1.3.1 use of support materials at the examination, except those explicitly allowed by the teacher;
1.3.2 any kind of inadmissible sharing of knowledge (prompting, copying, copying homework, etc.) by students in case of assessment of learning outcome;
1.3.3 submitting another person’s writing under one’s own name;
1.3.4 plagiarism or extensive rewording of someone else’s work, referencing or quoting without proper academic reference;
1.3.5 re-submission of one’s own work when credit points have already been received for the work (except if the work includes a substantial development);
1.3.6 participating in examination/assessment for another student or allowing another person to participate in the examination/assessment in one’s own name;
1.3.7 deliberate submission of untrue information (false information) in one’s assignments, applications (including APEL), etc.;
1.3.8 damaging the reputation of the university.
1.4 According to Academic Policies, in the event of violation of academic practices and contemptible behavior, the Dean has the right to, depending on the seriousness of the violation:
1.4.1 issue a letter of reprimand;
1.4.2 make a proposition to the Vice-Rector for the student to be exmatriculated.
1.5 Letters of reprimand and other relevant documents to the case shall be stored in the Dean’s office of the School of Information Technologies.
1.6 The lecturer is obliged to inform students of the rules of examination and the requirements for the form and content of student papers at the beginning of the course.
2. Procedure in case of detection of a student’s violation of academic practices and contemptible behavior
2.1 The lecturer is obliged to monitor whether the form and content of students’ papers comply with the requirements laid down, and to pay attention to the violation of academic practices and contemptible behavior.
2.2 According to Academic Policies, a lecturer has the right to remove a student from the examination if the student is making use of forbidden support materials or help from other examinees. The result of the examination in that case is a “0” (failed).
2.3 If violation of academic practices or contemptible behavior takes place, the lecturer has a right to submit an overview of the incident and other relevant documents (comparison between the presented text/source code and the original source (including referencing mistakes), e-mails, examination papers presented under someone else’s name, support materials used during an exam, overlapping homework solutions, etc.) to the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs with a proposal to issue a letter of reprimand. At the same time, the lecturer shall inform the student of initiation of the proceedings.
2.4 The Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs has the right to request further explanations from the student. If a violation is detected the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs has the right, depending on the seriousness of the violation and previous offences, to make a proposal to the Dean to issue a letter of reprimand to the student or to delete the student from the matriculation register.
2.5 The Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs shall refer the case of indecent behavior to the school’s ethics committee if it is necessary considering the circumstances of the incident (evidence can be interpreted in different ways, validity of student’s arguments, a common understanding about the violation cannot be reached, repeated offence, etc.) or if the student submits a relevant well-reasoned request in a format which can be reproduced in writing.
2.6 The student gets a chance to explain his/her actions and to defend himself/herself before the school’s ethics committee. If a violation is detected, the ethics committee, depending on the seriousness of the violation and previous offences, makes a proposal to the Dean to issue a letter of reprimand to the student or to delete the student from the matriculation register.
2.7 In case of first-time violation of the academic practices a letter of reprimand will be formalized to the student and the lecturer has the right to deprived the student of the opportunity to take the exam or pass the course in relation to which the case was discovered. In violation of the academic practices for the second time, the Dean has the right to propose to the Vice-Rector for the student to be exmatriculated.
2.8 When several students submit a written work the content of which clearly overlaps, due to getting it from in the internet, social media or otherwise, all the students who have submitted an overlapping homework will be considered to have behaved indecently.
3. Disputing decisions
3.1 A student has the right to dispute administrative act and procedures concerning studies, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, terms and conditions laid down in TalTech regulations, and specifications laid down in other legal regulations.