Duquesne University School of Law

Academic Integrity

I. Jurisdiction

  • The Duquesne University School of Law Disciplinary Code (Code) shall apply to every person who has registered for credit or is otherwise in attendance at the Duquesne University School of Law (School) and shall further apply to such persons up to and including the receipt of the Juris Doctor degree.  Such persons shall be referred to as "students" and such term shall be construed to mean any person sugject to the jurisdiction of this Code.

II. Academic Offenses

  • Offenses Involving Dishonesty

a. Examinations

1. A student shall not cheat, which shall include giving, seeking or receiving unauthorized aid in any form before, during or after an examination.

2. A student shall not use any unauthorized materials.

3. A student shall not violate the examination regulations.

b. Work Product

A student shall not commit Intentional Plagiarism nor in any way whatsoever submit or represent another's work as the student's own work in connection with any curricular or extracurricular activity or function sponsored, funded or supported by the School.

c. Misrepresentation

A student shall not furnish false information or fail to disclose information to any employee of the School, or in connection with any law school application, or in connection with any curricular or extracurricular activity or function sponsored, funded or supported by the School.

d. Attendance

A student shall not furnish false information with regard to any attendance sheet, certification of attendance or other method of monitoring attendance at the School.

  • Other Academic Offenses

a. A student shall not commit Unintentional Plagiarism

b. A student shall not talk, or communicate in any way, with any person during any examination other than a proctor or professor administering the examination.

c. A student shall not fail to comply with any rule of comportment established for a class by the professor in that class.

  • Definitions

a. Plagiarism: Plagiarism shall mean the appropriation, in whole or in part, without full and clear attribution, of the writings of another, or the ideas or language of another.

b. Intentional Plagiarism: Intentional Plagiarism shall mean plagiarism with the intent of passing such appropriated matter off as the product of the student.  The verbatim, or near verbatim, copying of the words or language of another without appropriate attribution, including failure to indicate that the student is quoting from the cited source, shall be conclusive evidence of Intentional Plagiarism.

c. Unintentional Plagiarism: Unintentional Plagiarism shall mean all acts of plagiarism other than those that constitute Intentional Plagiarism.  Unintentional Plagiarism shall include, but not be limited to, consistent failure to cite to the appropriate authority; where pervasive, however, such consistent failure to cite to the appropriate authority shall constitute Intentional Plagiarism. 

d. Examination: Examination(s) shall include, but not be limited to, substitutes for in-school examinations, e.g., outside graded or for-credit work, such as drafting problems and exercises, papers, take-home examinations, quizzes and tests, as well as traditional, in school examinations, quizzes and tests for credit work.

III. Other Offenses

a. A student shall not engage in any conduct or act that constitutes a violation of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, or that constitutes a crime, or that would subject a person to criminal sanctions or penalties under the laws, either common or statutory, of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States of America.

b. A student shall not fail or refuse to obey or to respond to any rule, regulation, directive or command given by any member of the Faculty or the Administration, or the Director of the School's Law Library, in the exercise of his or her responsibility or duties to the School.

 

School of Law Disciplinary Code