Statement Concerning Honor Code Violations

Sep 14, 2016

Students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have accepted responsibility for violating the college’s  honor code  and the  Ohio University Student Code of Conduct. The 43 students performed group work on low-stakes assessments where individual work was assigned.

After receiving a report of an alleged honor code violation in May, the Heritage College immediately conducted an inquiry through its  Committee on Student Progress . The college then referred the matter to the  Ohio University Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility  (OCSSR) for further investigation and action. The OCSSR and the Heritage College have implemented appropriate sanctions for the students.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects student privacy and does not allow for the discussion of details concerning individual cases.

Consequences for academic misconduct are outlined in the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct.

The college has long had an honor code, which is reviewed and discussed with each entering class during orientation. Students re-attest to their commitment to the honor code after every assessment.

As a result of this incident, the college changed assessment protocols to continue to ensure academic integrity and promote the highest standards of professional behavior.

Contact: Karoline Lane, chief communications officer, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 740.593.2261,  lanek@ohio.edu .