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Policies

The best way to navigate unfortunate academic situations and personal circumstances — and to avoid them from happening in the first place — is to review and understand OU’s policies. Take time to read our policies and think about how they pertain to your everyday life.

Academic Conduct Regulations

All members of Oakland University’s academic community are expected to practice and uphold standards of academic integrity. Academic integrity means representing oneself and one’s work honestly. Misrepresentation is cheating since it means the student is claiming credit for ideas or work not actually his or her own and is thereby seeking a grade that is not actually earned. All academic misconduct allegations are forwarded to the Dean of Students office and adhere to the student judicial system.

Examples of Academic Dishonesty
  • Cheating on assignments and examinations. This includes, but is not limited to, the following when not authorized by the instructor: the use of any assistance or materials such as books and/or notes, acquiring exams or any other academic materials, the use of any other sources in writing drafts, papers, preparing reports, solving problems, works completed for a past or concurrent course, completing homework or carrying out other assignments. No student shall copy from someone else’s work or help someone else copy work or substitute another's work as one's own. No student shall engage in any behavior specifically prohibited by an instructor in the course syllabus or class discussion.
  • Plagiarizing the work of others. Plagiarism is using someone else’s work or ideas without giving that person credit. By doing this, a student is, in effect, claiming credit for someone else’s thinking. This can occur in drafts, papers and oral presentations. Whether the student has read or heard the information used, the student must document the source of information. When dealing with written sources, a clear distinction should be made between quotations, which reproduce information from the source word-for-word within quotation marks, and paraphrases, which digest the source of information and produce it in the student’s own words. Both direct quotations and paraphrases must be documented. Even if a student rephrases, condenses or selects from another person’s work, the ideas are still the other person’s and failure to give credit constitutes misrepresentation of the student’s actual work and plagiarism of another’s ideas. Buying a paper or using information from the Internet without attribution and handing it in as one’s own work is plagiarism.
  • Cheating on lab reports by falsifying data or submitting data not based on the student’s own work.
  • Falsifying records or providing misinformation regarding one’s credentials.
  • Unauthorized collaboration on assignments. This is unauthorized interaction with anyone in the fulfillment of academic requirements and applies to in-class or take-home coursework. Individual (unaided) work on exams, lab reports, homework, computer assignments and documentation of sources is expected unless the instructor specifically states in the syllabus or verbally that it is not necessary. Collaboration can also include calculating homework problems with another person, having another help to rewrite a paper, sharing information/sources with others and checking coursework with others.
  • Resubmission of original work. When an instructor assigns coursework, the instructor intends that work to be completed for his/her course only. Work students may have completed for a course taken in the past, or may be completing for a concurrent course, must not be submitted in both courses unless they receive permission to do so from both faculty members.

Faculty Standards
Faculty members are expected to maintain the following standards in the context of academic conduct:
  1. To inform and instruct students about the procedures and standards of research and documentation required to complete work in a particular course or in the context of a particular discipline.
  2. To take practical steps to prevent and detect cheating.
  3. To report suspected academic misconduct to the Dean of Students office for consideration by the Academic Conduct Committee of the University Senate.
  4. To present evidence of plagiarism, cheating on exams or lab reports, falsification of records, or other forms of academic misconduct before the Academic Conduct Committee.

Student Standards
Students are expected to abide by the following standards in the context of academic conduct:
  1. To be aware of and practice the standards of honest scholarship.
  2. To follow faculty instructions regarding exams and assignments (including group assignments) to avoid inadvertent misrepresentation of work.
  3. To be certain that special rules regarding documentation of term papers, examination procedures, use of computer-based information and programs, etc., are clearly understood.
  4. If a student believes that practices by a faculty member are conducive to cheating, he or she may convey this information to the faculty member, to the chairperson of the department, or to any member of the Academic Conduct Committee (either directly or through the Dean of Students office).
Drug-free Schools and Workplace Program

Oakland University is committed to providing an environment that is free from the misuse or unlawful possession of, or use and abuse of, alcohol, drugs and prescription drugs. To address these matters, OU is required by law to adopt and implement a program (known as the Drug-Free Schools and Workplace Program).

The Program addresses: campus standards of conduct, University sanctions, and legal consequences for violations of local, state or federal law related to illicit drugs and alcohol, health risks, a description of applicable counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs; and a biennial review of the Program. Pursuant to the law, OU is issuing the statements set forth below.

If you have questions about any of the issues addressed here, please contact:

  • Dean of Students at (248) 370-3352 (for students)
  • Academic Affairs at (248) 370-2190 (for faculty)
  • University Human Resources at (248) 370-3480 (for staff)
Standards of Conduct
The unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and/or alcohol by students or employees and the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs in the workplace, on OU property or as part of a University activity is specifically prohibited by OU ordinances and/or by state or federal law.

The possession of a Michigan marijuana registry identification card does not exempt students or employees from this prohibition. The use and possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law and, as a recipient of federal funds, Oakland University is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and could lose federal funding for any violations of these acts, which require Oakland University to take measures to combat the use of drugs and alcohol.

As a condition of employment, all employees working on federal grants and contracts must abide by these statements. Such employees must notify their supervisor or department head of any criminal drug statute conviction occurring in the workplace no later than 5 days after the conviction. The supervisor or department heard must then promptly report the violation to the Director of Sponsored Research.

The OU ordinances governing the use of alcohol and drugs are available in the Student Code of Conduct and University Administrative Policies and Procedures, Section # 600, Health and Safety. In addition, the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs is prohibited conduct.

University Sanctions
OU will impose sanctions for violations of this statement consistent with local, state and federal law and with applicable collective bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, student handbooks and University ordinances. Violations by faculty, staff or students will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, expulsion and referral for prosecution.

The discipline imposed will depend upon the seriousness of the offense. In addition to or in lieu of discipline, violators may be required to complete an appropriate rehabilitation program. Additional information is available in the Student Code of Conduct, Academic Human Resources and University Human Resources.

Legal Sanctions
There are legal sanctions under OU ordinances, and under state and federal law, for the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Any violation of an OU ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $100 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

Violations under state and federal law may result in punishment for a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the crime, including fines, imprisonment, and loss of certain licenses and forfeiture of real and/or personal property. Descriptions of the state and federal sanctions for illegal possession and distribution and, in some cases, use of a controlled substance are included below. Sanctions may change from time to time.

Health Risks
The psychological and social consequences of illicit drug use and alcohol abuse can be devastating. This can lead to various health and other risks, including feelings of depression or anxiety; diminished or impaired work or academic performance; absenteeism; poor decision making; poor morale; low self esteem; financial problems; and/or conflicts with co-workers, classmates, families, friends and others.

Loss of job, friends, divorce and the creation of a dysfunctional family system are common consequences of substance abuse. Additional risks include sexual assault or other unplanned sexual relationships; unwanted pregnancies; irreversible drug-induced psychotic state and/or delusions of omnipotence which trigger life-threatening behavior.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and intellectual disabilities. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

Learn more about the uses and effects of controlled substances.

Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Contacts
This is a partial list of substance abuse facilities. More programs and centers can be found through online searches.

If treatment for substance abuse is needed, please contact your insurance carrier to obtain proper instructions for seeking treatment. Students covered by OU health insurance should contact the Graham Health Center for benefit coverage.

On-Campus Contacts

Graham Health Center
408 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(248) 370-2341

OU Counseling Center
Graham Health Center, East Wing
408 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(248) 370-3465

Off-Campus Contacts  

AA of Oakland County
168 University Drive
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 332-3521

M.A.D.D. Oakland County
35255 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Suite B
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 682-2220

Narcotics Anonymous
726 Livernois St.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 543-7200

Oakland County Health Division
1200 N Telegraph, Bldg. 34 East
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 858-0001

Oakland Family Services
114 Orchard Lake Rd
Pontiac, MI 48341
(877) 742-8264
(248) 858-7766

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
900 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 858-3000

National Hotlines and Assistance Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous
(800) 252-6465

Food and Drug Administration (Consumer Complaints)
(313) 393-8189

M.A.D.D.
(800) 438-6233

National Cocaine Hotline
(800) 378-4435

S.A.D.D.
(877) SADD-INC
Illegal Downloading

For many OU students, the day starts with a phone, iPod, laptop or other device. For these same students, sharing music and movies with peers is normal. Is it legal? No. Sharing copyright-protected data without permission, or file-sharing, is illegal. This includes music, movies, software and games. Members of the Oakland University community receiving Internet access and network connections are expected to avoid electronic file-sharing. Everyone must comply with the policy on Use of University Information Technology Resources.

First, when illegal file sharing happens or is detected, Oakland University receives notice from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to remove the violated material from the network.

Next, all student network access is blocked, including student accounts and email access. For the first violation, students have two options to resolve this matter:

  1. Decline responsibility and submit a counter notice to the RIAA or,
  2. Voluntarily complete the Network Access Restoration Agreement, which acknowledges that a computer was used in violation of the policy on Use of University Information Technology Resources. You will be responsible for the $50 Computer Review charge.

For a second violation, the matter will be forwarded to the Dean of Students office for adjudication in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

For additional information or any questions, please call us at (248) 370-3352.