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Site Policy

Inside.DigiPen.edu website policy

The Institute has the right to take whatever disciplinary action warranted by a Student’s misconduct. The specific provisions as to Offenses, Penalties, and Disciplinary Procedures should not be construed as limiting the general authority of the Institute.

Offenses:

Misconduct subject to penalty includes, but is not limited to, the following offenses:
  1. DigiPen reserves the right to reject articles or files for reasons deemed appropriate to DigiPen. DigiPen will not allow the production of any student work that contains or makes a direct or indirect references to any of the following material/subjects:
    1. Religious content
    2. Religious symbols
    3. Pornographic material
    4. Excessive violence
    5. Sexual and nude content
    6. Promotion of illegal substances
    7. Promotion of racism or hate
    8. Demeaning to any group or society
  2. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any Student who submits the work of another person as his or her own is considered to have committed plagiarism. Types of work that can be plagiarized include, but are not limited to, source code, artwork, concept, design or other material. Anyone submitting someone else’s work without the explicit written permission from the legal owner may have violated the owner’s intellectual property rights or copyrights, as well as committing plagiarism. If any Student is unsure as to what constitutes a case of plagiarism, please consult an instructor.
  3. Disrupting instructional activities, including making it difficult to proceed with scheduled lectures, seminars, examinations, and tests, etc, shall be considered an offense.
  4. Evidencing symptoms of alcohol or drug use while on school property, or the procurement or possession of illegal substances on Institute property is considered an offense.
  5. It is forbidden to damage, remove, or make unauthorized use of the Institute’s property or the personal property of faculty, staff, students, or others at the Institute. Without restricting the generality of “property”, this includes information, however it may be recorded or stored.
  6. It is strictly forbidden to use any equipment in the premises to produce any commercial work. The equipment is only to be used for homework and training purposes. Any attempt to produce commercial work will result in legal action against the offenders.
  7. Public area and equipment of the building must be kept clean. No tampering, moving, defacing, or otherwise altering the premises, equipment, or the building property is allowed.
  8. Graffiti, other forms of mural art, or the posting of signs anywhere in the premises and the building without permission of the Administration is not permitted.
  9. The assault of individuals, whether verbal or physical, including conduct which leads to the physical or emotional injury of faculty, staff, students, or others at the Institute, or which threatens the physical or emotional well-being of faculty, staff, students, or others at the Institute is considered an offense.
  10. In accordance with applicable law, DigiPen prohibits sexual harassment and harassment between faculty/staff and students and between students and students because of race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran status, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. Any such harassment may violate the law and will not be tolerated. DigiPen’s policy prohibits inappropriate conduct even though it may not reach the legal standard for harassment.
  11. It is forbidden to attempt to engage in, aid and abet others to engage in, or attempt to engage in conduct which would be considered an offense.

Penalties:

The penalties that may be imposed, singly or in combination, for any of the above offenses may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Revocation of the ability to edit pages at this website for any given period of time.
  2. A failing grade or mark of zero for any course, examination, or assignment in which the academic misconduct occurred.
  3. Suspension from the Institute for a specified period of time or indefinitely. Students will not receive credit for courses taken at another institution during a suspension.
  4. Reprimand, with the letter placed in the student’s file.
  5. Restitution, in the case of damage to property or unauthorized removal of property.
  6. A notation on the student’s permanent record of the penalty imposed.
  7. Legal action against the Student committing the offense.

Warning:

  1. The penalty for plagiarism or for cheating is normally suspension from the Institute.
  2. Charges filed under federal or state law or the commencement of civil proceedings do not preclude disciplinary measures taken by the Institute.

Procedures:

A Student suspected or apprehended in the commitment of an offense shall be given the opportunity to explain the incident and, if he or she requests, to meet with the Department Head, Student Services Officer, or other appropriate person, before the alleged offense is reported to the Discipline Committee.
An alleged instance of student misconduct deemed serious enough for action by the Institute shall be referred to a disciplinary committee. After an investigation and hearing at which the Student is invited to appear, the committee reports its decision to the Dean of Faculty. The Student then has the opportunity to meet with the Dean of Faculty, if he or she wishes, to appeal the decision.

Dismissal by the Institute:

By written notice to a student, the Institute may, at its sole discretion, dismiss a student at any time if he or she is in default of any of the terms, covenants, or conditions of the Institute. Furthermore, the Institute reserves the right to withdraw a student if he or she is unable to maintain the minimum required GPA in his or her courses at the end of each semester. Upon dismissal, the student shall immediately return all materials in his or her possession to the Institute relating to the program, whether created by the student, other students, or provided by the Institute.

Appeals:

A student has the right to dispute the decision of the Dean of Faculty. A student who wishes to make an appeal must notify the Chief Operating Officer in writing and must provide a full explanation of the reasons for appealing.
Appeal hearings take place before a committee called together by the Chief Operating Officer. A student is entitled to be represented or assisted throughout the appeal process by an advocate who may be a friend, relative, or legal counsel. The student is entitled to explain the reasons for appealing either orally or in writing, and he or she may call witnesses. The Dean of Faculty is also present and puts forth the reasons for the original decision.
The members of the committee may ask questions of both the student and the Dean of Faculty. As soon as possible after the hearing is completed, the Chief Operating Officer will notify the student of the final decision in writing.

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