For the 2009-10 school year, Miami University made changes to the Student Code of Conduct by sharpening the penalty for dishonesty.
This year, students who were found with any two dishonesty violations, including academic and non-academic, were suspended.
Previously, academic and non-academic dishonesty violations did not fall under the same category, and a student would only be suspended if found in violation of either category twice.
“We’ve always had dishonesty violations,” Susan Vaughn, director of ethics and student conflict resolution, said. “We believe they hold equal value but we never looked across the board.”
This year, one student was suspended as a result of the new policy, according to Chris Taylor, associate director of ethics and student conflict resolution.
Lucille Hautau, assistant to the provost, said students are well informed of the policy during first-year orientation, and current students who had already received one violation were informed of the change.
“We anticipated with the students who had one prior violation, we knew they needed to know the policy had changed,” Hautau said.
Robin Parker of the general counsel said Miami’s policy is different from that at most other schools.
“We take disciplinary action on campus (for what) you’ve completed uptown,” Parker said. “Not every school does that.”
Barbara Jones, vice president of student affairs, said Ohio University and Bowling Green State University do address off-campus dishonesty and that Miami’s policy was developed from looking at Ohio University’s policy.
Provost Jeffrey Herbst said messaging continually about dishonesty is important and that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been asked to speak on the subject of integrity when he visits in October.