1. Academic Dishonesty – any action or effort by a student to use illegal, deceitful, or unacceptable means in any academic work or setting. Examples include but are not limited to falsifying data, information or citations, providing false excuses or information to an instructor concerning an academic exercise, bribery, sabotage, or willfully disrupting or disturbing the academic progress of others, cheating and plagiarism.
2. Cheating – the actual or attempted deception or fraud to improve one’s grade or academic standing or to aid another student in doing so. Individual faculty members may restrict, extend, or modify the university’s general definition of cheating to accommodate specific course learning outcomes. All students should carefully review course syllabi and talk with their instructors to ensure their understanding of each instructor’s cheating policy.
3. Plagiarism is the presentation of the works, words, or ideas of others as one’s own, or the use of others’ works, words, and ideas without giving proper acknowledgment, or the inappropriate presentation of someone else’s work as their own. Individual faculty members may restrict, extend, or modify the university’s general definition of plagiarism to accommodate specific course learning outcomes.
4. Disruptive Behavior – any action or effort by a student to disrupt or disturb the academic progress of other individuals within the academic setting or a setting related to academic activities.
5. Academic Probation – A student, including a first time entering freshman, will be placed on academic probation whenever the official cumulative average is 10 or more quality points below a 2.0 average.
6. Academic Suspension – A student on academic probation will be suspended from the university at the conclusion of any semester or summer session in which he or she fails to earn a semester grade point average of 2.0. Once on academic probation, a student will remain on probation until the official cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is achieved.
a. First Time Academic Suspension – A student who is suspended for the first time for academic reasons may not be considered for readmission until he or she has been out of the institution for one regular semester. A student suspended at the end of the spring semester may enroll for the summer session immediately following the spring semester without appeal. If the student raises his or her official cumulative grade-point average to 2.0 or higher, then the student will be placed in good academic standing, and the suspension lifted so that that the student may then enroll for the fall semester without an appeal. If the student does not raise his or her official cumulative grade-point average to 2.0 at the end of the summer session, then the suspension is in effect for the fall semester. In this case, only one suspension is counted against the student.
b. Two or More Academic Suspensions – A student who has been suspended more than once for academic reasons must remain out of the university for at least one calendar year from the semester of suspension. However, students suspended at the end of the spring semester may also attend summer school. To be readmitted to any semester, other than the summer session, he or she must appeal.
NOTE: An undergraduate student suspended from a University of Louisiana System institution may not enroll in another university within the System, but may enroll in a community college with the approval of the community college. To ensure minimal or no loss of credits upon return to the university, it is recommended that the student consults with his/her university advisor regarding the choice of courses to be taken at the community college. Credits earned under these conditions may be accepted for a degree at the suspending institution provided grades of C or higher are earned in each of the courses to be transferred.
7. Academic Appeals for a Waiver of Suspension – If a student feels he/she has been mistreated concerning to any academic matter including grade assignment or discipline imposed as result of academic cheating, plagiarism, or disruptive classroom or related academic activity behavior, the Student Academic Grievance Procedures are to be followed.
a. First-Time Suspension – Students will submit the appropriate appeal form and their letter of appeal with documentation to their academic dean. Deadline dates for appealing must be strictly adhered to by students requesting a waiver of the suspension period. Deans will notify each student if the first-time appeal is approved. If the appeal is denied, then the Academic Policies and Standards Committee will review the decision. The student will be notified of the committee’s decision. The decision of the committee is final and binding. If an appeal is approved, the student shall be considered on academic probation. Failure to attain a semester GPA of 2.0 or better will result in suspension.
b. Two or More Suspensions – Students will submit the appropriate appeal form and their letter of appeal with documentation to the Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs will forward the materials to the University Academic Policies and Standards Committee. Documentation must include evidence of extenuating circumstances such as serious illness or injury, death in the family, or traumatic event. Deadline dates for appealing must be strictly adhered to by students requesting a waiver of the suspension period.
c. The University Academic Policies and Standards Committee will decide whether to accept or deny the appeal for a waiver. The Office of Academic Affairs will notify each student of the Committee’s decision. The decision of the Committee is final and binding. If an appeal is approved, the student is placed on academic probation. Failure to attain a semester GPA of 2.0 or better will result in suspension. Any questions regarding financial aid should be directed to that office. Appealing for an academic waiver of the suspension period, and appealing for financial aid are two separate matters.
8. Appeal Procedures for Graduate Students – Graduate students should refer to the Graduate Studies section of the University Catalog for appeal procedures.
- Any questions regarding financial aid should be directed to that office. Appealing for an academic waiver of the suspension period, and appealing for financial aid are two separate matters.
- Students who were suspended and had stayed out the required time stipulated by their suspension must reapply to the University.
9. Student – 1. Any person seeking admission or accepted for admission to Nicholls State University. 2. Any person enrolled at Nicholls State University (full time, part-time, Online)
10. Student Academic Grievance – Procedures sanctioned for a student who feels he/she has been mistreated with respect to an academic matter. These procedures are also to be used in grade appeals
11. Student Educational Records – Any student record maintained by the University for the purpose of recording student accomplishments, conduct sanctions, participation in activities.
12. University premises or related premises – All lands, buildings, and facilities owned, leased, or controlled by the University.
13. Work Day – a day on which the University is officially open (Monday through Friday) except for official University holidays.