Academic Integrity Standards
James Madison Partners for Education, Inc. (“JMPE”) is committed to providing educational resources that inform and inspire America's teachers. In order to fulfill this mission, learners' adherence to standards of academic honesty is essential. JMPE maintains high standards of academic integrity (these “Standards”) and complies with the academic policies of all of our graduate credit providers. By enrolling in a JMPE course, learners agree to observe standards of honesty in their work, ideas, words, and actions.
JMPE will not tolerate academic dishonesty, lack of academic integrity, or unfair infringements on the intellectual rights or privileges of others. A non-exhaustive list of prohibited conduct includes:
1. Cheating on exams or other assignments. Cheating is the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, or study aids on academic exercises. It also includes unauthorized collaboration.
2. Submitting work for multiple purposes without permission. Learners may not submit a product, lesson plan, or final project created in one course to a second course without prior notification and permission from the NETS*T Evaluators or course instructors.
3. Unauthorized collaboration. Learners may not collaborate on a product, lesson plan, or paper without permission. In addition, learners may not submit another's work product as their own or create an assignment for another learner.
4. Plagiarizing another's work. Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the writings, creations, or ideas of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.
5. Falsifying academic credentials or documentation. Any attempt to submit forged academic documentation to JMPE or to forge JMPE certificates constitutes academic fraud.
6. Using false citations in academic work. False citation is the attribution of academic sources to an incorrect or fabricated source with the intention to deceive.
Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §107), the “fair use” of copyrighted work for purposes such as “criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research” is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether or not a particular use is fair, Section 107 sets out four factors that must be considered:
1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. Learners must recognize that in certain circumstances it may be difficult to distinguish between fair use and copyright infringement. There is no prescribed safe harbor for the number of words, lines, or notes that a learner may use without permission. The safest course is to err on the side of caution and seek permission from the copyright holder before using the copyrighted work.
Procedure for Addressing Suspected Violations of Academic Integrity Standards
Course facilitators help JMPE enforce these Standards and will report to JMPE all suspected violations. The course facilitator and JMPE will communicate all concerns with the learner(s) involved and will investigate all suspected violations. Following the investigation, JMPE will advise the learner(s) involved of the results of the investigation and will advise the learner(s) in writing of any official action being taken. Any learner found to have violated the Standards may receive one or more of the following sanctions:
1. no credit or a failing grade for a given assignment;
2. no credit for the course; and/or
3. no refund for the course.
In addition, depending on the severity of the violation, a learner may be barred from participation in any future JMPE courses, and may be subject to any other sanction that JMPE determines is appropriate.
Academic Appeals Procedure
If a learner wishes to appeal an adverse finding, the learner may file a formal written appeal with JMPE by submitting an email regarding their concern via the "Contact Us" page on the JMPE Web site ( http://www.jamesmadisoneducation.com ). The appeal must include all relevant information, including the name and number of the course, the grounds for the appeal, and the specific remedy sought by the learner. JMPE will review the appeal and issue a final determination. All decisions of JMPE are final.