The American University of Leadership Marbella considers academic honesty to be one of its highest values. Students are expected to be the sole authors of their work. Use of another person’s work or ideas must be accompanied by specific citations and references.
On joining the University academic community, students are expected to embrace the tenets of liberal learning – critical thinking, intellectual exploration, and academic honesty. Academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, and other violations of academic integrity are causes for suspension or expulsion from the school.
Each incident will be reported in writing from the professor to the administration, and may result in the following sanctions:
- First time: 1-semester Suspension
- Second Time: Dismissal from the University.
The administration office maintains a database of all offenses, including plagiarism, and a file of all charges.
Academic Dishonesty Appeals Procedures
Step 1: Within 10 days following notification of action for academic dishonesty, a student who wishes to appeal must first contact the faculty member of the class in which the incident occurred. The student should explain their reasoning for reconsideration. If the faculty member and the student agree to a resolution, the faculty member notifies the administration.
Step 2: If the problem has not been resolved and the student wishes to pursue the appeal, the student must complete and send the Academic Appeal Form to the Dean’s office. The Dean will review the documentation and share his decision with the student and faculty.
Non-academic grievances involve non-academic policies or practices of the University, employees, or students, such as online safety, disputes, student employment, censorship, or library policies/practices.
Initiation of proceedings
An attempt should be made to resolve matters informally through discussion between the parties involved. If matters cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, or if the student chooses to forego attempts of informal resolution, the following procedures shall apply.
A- Filing a Grievance: A student shall file a written grievance to the Student Services within 20 regular class days of the contested action, of the date the action became known to the student, or of the date that informal efforts at resolution are ended. The grievance should contain as much of the following information as possible. The remaining information must be submitted in writing as soon thereafter as possible. The Student Services Coordinator or his/her designee will assist the grievant in obtaining necessary information.
1. The grievant’ s name, address, telephone number or other means by which s/he can be contacted.
2. The respondent’s name, title (if any) and address (if known.)
3. Description of the contested action.
4. Date of contested action.
5. If a University policy, regulation or rule is at issue, a specific reference should be made to it, if known.
6. A statement of the harm suffered.
7. A statement of the remedy sought.
8. The names and addresses, if known, of grievant ‘s proposed witnesses.
9. Copies of supporting documentation, if any (e.g., papers, tests, etc.)
Students should maintain a copy of the grievance and all documentation for their use.
B- Transmission of Grievance:
Upon receipt of a grievance, the Student Affairs department shall forward the grievance to the Vice- President by the end of the next working day. If the grievance involves the Vice-president, the grievance should be submitted to the President. The Student Affairs Committee maintains the official files and records of the proceeding.
Student Affairs Committee
The Student Affairs Committee will receive all grievances submitted, determine the assignments of such grievances for proper action and disposition, establish a calendar for hearings and notify the parties involved of their rights and responsibilities. The Student Affairs Committee will keep the President and the University community informed of operations of the hearing system.
The Student Affairs Committee shall consist of one faculty, one staff, one student, and the president-designee. Student Affairs Committee responsibilities include:
1. Upon receipt of a grievance, the Chair will immediately send a copy of the grievance and this Procedure to the respondent.
2. Within 7 calendar days of receipt, the Student Affairs Committee will proceed as follows:
- Dismiss a case as inappropriately filed or clearly frivolous, providing written reasons.
- Seek the agreement of the affected parties to attempt informal resolution of the grievance by acting as neutral mediator.
- Hear a case which involves a time-sensitive emergency or which it considers minor in importance and make an appropriate determination.
- Assign the case to an appropriately constituted hearing panel: The determination of the hearing panel is final and binding upon the parties.
Students may submit any grievance in writing directly to student services unless the grievance concerns this department, then they can submit to the Academic Coordinator. Students should expect a response in a timely manner.