Students | Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Students

A. Student Academic Responsibilities

It is expected that students will conduct themselves in an appropriate and ethical manner both in and out of the classroom. Specific rules and regulations relating to student conduct are listed in the Code of Student Conduct at: http://www.kent.edu/studentconduct/code-student-conduct.

Class Attendance

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication adheres to the Administrative Policy Regarding Class Attendance and Class Absence as stated in the University Policy Register, Section 3-01.2.

B. Student Representation on School Committees

Faculty Advisory Committee meetings are open meetings, and student presence is welcome.

Student input will be sought by the FAC and other standing committees of the School, such as the Graduate Studies Committee and the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Students attending the meetings will not vote. Further, students will be asked to leave meetings when personnel or other confidential matters are discussed. The Graduate Studies Role and Status of Graduate Student Appointees document provides more information on graduate student involvement in School, College, and University governance.

C. Student Media Complaints

Students participating in Student Media must first take up a complaint related to Student Media  with the appropriate faculty adviser. If not resolved, the matter will be referred to the Director of Student Media.

D. Student Advising/Admission to the School

Each undergraduate and graduate student shall be assigned an academic advisor with whom the student should consult regularly. Undergraduate advisors are professional advisors centered in the College of Communication and Information. Graduate students are advised by faculty in the relevant sequences, as assigned by the Graduate Coordinator.

Admission requirements for the School are outlined in the current University Catalog and should be consulted by the student.

Transfer of program credits to Kent State University from another university shall be approved by the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator and the appropriate Sequence Coordinator, working with assigned College Advisors.

E. Student Plagiarism Statement

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication deals in publishable works and educates its students for various aspects of publishing and other communications professions. Within this framework, every student must be aware of the following rules and definitions while in school or on the job:

Fabrication is, in phrasing first used by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the cardinal sin. Faking quotations, faking “facts,” reporting things that did not happen, are not only reprehensible but also could be actionable in court.

Plagiarizing, as defined by Webster, is “to steal and pass off as one’s own the ideas or words of another.” It is unethical and, in cases involving creative work, usually illegal. One of the worst sins a communications practitioner may commit is to plagiarize the work of another – to steal his/her words, thought, or outline and pass them off as his/her own.

Cheating includes the submission of work in which you have received material and substantive assistance from others, or copied the work of others, when the assignment was intended to be completed by you alone. Unless specifically designated as a group project, all assignments for this course are intended to be the result of your individual efforts. Duplicating work is defined as submitting the same work to more than one instructor (or publication) without the prior knowledge and agreement of both.

Violation of the University’s academic cheating and plagiarism policy while in school is grounds for reviewing status in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to outcomes from the academic hearing panel process, if a student is found responsible for violating University policy, the School may take administrative actions including but not limited to: written warning, academic course adjustments (such as moving a student to another section or allowing for online completion of a normally seated course, among other possibilities), and/or removal from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Please refer to Kent State University’s policy regarding cheating and plagiarism in the University Policy Register, Section 3-01.8.