Policy Violation Examples

The information below describes common violations of each of the policies outlined in the University Policy Handbook. It is important to note that this list is not inclusive of all violations to the policies.

Academic Integrity Violations

Cheating, attempting to cheat, or assisting others to cheat, including dishonest activity or unauthorized use of any resource or materials in any academic exercise

  • An example of this policy violation is sharing an assignment. This policy applies to both the student who provides an assignment as well as the student who receives the assignment.  

Fabricating, falsifying, forging, altering, or inventing information that applies, but is not limited to, academic coursework, any academic exercise or academic activity

  • An example of violating this policy is to overstate the number of observation hours you completed for your practicum.  

Plagiarizing, intentionally or unintentionally, the words, works, or ideas of others without proper citation or acknowledgement and representing them as one's own in any academic exercise. Paraphrasing sources which do not represent the student's original words or ideas without proper citation or acknowledgement

  • An example of plagiarism is copying and pasting information retrieved from another source without proper citation and reference.  

Presenting work that has been prepared by someone other than yourself, including the purchase or sharing of work

  • An example of this policy violation is submitting an assignment which was written by another student.  

Submitting work that has been prepared and used for a different course, wholly or in part, and without appropriate citation of the original work and prior approval of faculty

  • This policy is also known as self-plagiarism. A form of self-plagiarism is reusing a portion or resubmitting the entire paper that you submitted in your COM 126 course for your ENG 105 class.  

Using materials not authorized by the faculty member to complete an assignment, or completion of an assignment by someone other than the student, including, but not limited to, providing/receiving exam answers, using faculty materials, answer keys, or solution manuals

  • An example of authorized assistance is using the solution manual to complete the assignments for your ACC 250 course.   

Collaborating in an unsanctioned manner - Students must work individually on homework, assignments, and other assigned coursework, unless collaboration has been expressly permitted by the instructor. Students who do collaborate without express permission of their instructor must inform the instructor of the nature of their collaboration

  • An illustration of unsanctioned collaboration is completing an assignment intended to be completed individually, with another student.      

Violating copyright laws or regulations

  • A violation of copyright laws and regulations involves allowing another person to access your E-book by providing your username and password.   

Violating the University's policies and regulations pertaining to the use and propriety nature of the Grand Canyon University curriculum, network, networking facilities, computer use, or platform access

  • An example of this policy violation is posting GCU curriculum outside of the GCU network; such as posting Module 2 lecture notes on a website.  

Selling or providing papers, essays, discussion questions, assignments, or any part of the University curriculum to online term paper clearinghouses, or other commercial websites

  • A form of this policy violation is posting the paper you completed for your HCA 250 course on a paper selling website.    

Zero Tolerance Policy  

Grand Canyon University is committed to an educational environment that is free from violence. The University has a zero tolerance policy with regard to threatening statements, behaviors, or acts of violence against students, faculty, and staff. The University prohibits and will take immediate action against:  

Acting in a manner which can be interpreted as physical assault or abuse

  • This policy violation could be represented by kicking a student during your student teaching placement.  

Threatening to harm or endanger the safety of others

  • Threatening the safety of others can be interpreted as emailing the University's staff that you want to "blow up Grand Canyon University."  

Behaving or acting in a manner which carries the potential for violence or acts of aggression, as interpreted by a reasonable person

  • This policy would be violated by following the instructor to her car with the intent of confrontation.     

Student Conduct Violations  

Acting on behalf of another student and/or allowing someone to act on one's own behalf without approved documentation on file

  • Having a relative phone the University and act as you to discuss the status of your financial aid would be an example of violating this policy.  

Behaving in any manner that creates a disruption, or a hostile or offensive educational environment for a student, faculty member, or staff member

  • An example of this policy violation is sending an email which contains obscenities toward the instructor after you earned a low grade for your Module 5 assignment.  

Communicating or behaving in any form that disrupts or interferes with the educational process or any institutional function

  • An example of violating this policy could be making a post in the Main Forum about your concerns regarding the instructor and your grades.  

Failing to comply promptly with any reasonable directive from a faculty member or University official

  • An example of this violation would be after the instructor advised the class that all exams must be completed in the presence of a proctor, you submitted the exam individually.  

Failing to cooperate with officials in a University investigation

  • An example of this violation would be after you were questioned by University staff, you knowingly failed to provide the information which the University was seeking.  

Possessing, using, distributing, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on University property or as part of any University activity

  • An example of this policy violation is being under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs for which you do not have a prescription during clinical or practicum settings.

  Permitting anyone, with the exception of authorized persons, access to one's classroom, to attend class in one's stead, or to attend class for another

  • An example of this violation would be providing a friend or another individual with your username and password to submit your assignment because you are on vacation without Internet access.  

Sharing one's password or using someone else's password for any University system or network

  • For example, using your classmate's password and username to access their e-book is considered a violation.  

Using any University system, network, or other IT resources to upload, download, or otherwise share and/or distribute any copyrighted music, video, software, written works, or other materials without the written consent of the copyrighted owner

  • An example of violating this policy could be pirating music while logged onto the University network is a violation of copyright protection.