Everybody’s Guide to
Colorado State University’s PACe Program

Academic Integrity

The University Policy on Academic Integrity includes the following statements:

Academic misconduct undermines the educational experience at Colorado State University, lowers morale by engendering a skeptical attitude about the quality of education, and negatively affects the relationship between students and faculty/instructors.

Faculty/Instructors are expected to use reasonably practical means of preventing and detecting academic misconduct. Any student found responsible for having engaged in academic misconduct will be subject to academic penalty and/or University disciplinary action.

Students are encouraged to positively impact the academic integrity culture of the University by reporting incidents of academic misconduct. (See the General Catalog.)

Possession of visually, audibly, or tactilely accessible materials in the PACe Testing Center that could assist the student in earning a higher score on an examination and attempting to misrepresent information are examples of academic misconduct.

The University Policy on Academic Integrity is vigorously enforced in the PACe Program. Students judged to have engaged in academic misconduct may be assigned a reduced grade or a grade of F for the course and/or other penalties may be imposed. All incidents of academic misconduct will be reported to the Student Resolution Center for possible further disciplinary action. Incidents of impersonation may be referred to the University Police for criminal investigation.

Procedures and Appeals

Any evidence that a student is engaging or has engaged in an act of academic misconduct will be reported to a Director of the PACe Program. The Director will give the student involved the opportunity to provide his/her explanation of the incident.  If the student admits to engaging in academic misconduct or if the director judges that a preponderance of evidence exists to support the allegation of academic misconduct, the Director may impose an academic penalty and will report the incident to the Student Resolution Center.

If the student disputes the allegation of academic misconduct, he/she should request a hearing with the Student Resolution Center. The University Hearing Officer will determine whether or not a preponderance of evidence exists in support of the allegation of academic misconduct.

If the University Hearing Officer finds insufficient evidence or clears the student of charges, the penalty imposed by the PACe Director will be rescinded and the student's previous status in the PACe Program restored. If the University Hearing Officer finds the student culpable, the Hearing Officer may impose additional University disciplinary sanctions.

For further information see "Students' Responsibilities" in the .