Student Code of Conduct

The Code of Student Conduct serves as a guide of acceptable behavior and due process procedures. The administration of American Sentinel University has the authority to modify or change the Code of Student Conduct at any time. Students are responsible for obtaining all published materials and updates from the student website.

The primary concern of the university is its students. American Sentinel attempts to provide an environment that is conducive to academic endeavor and social and individual growth. Enrollment at American Sentinel is considered implicit acceptance of the rules, regulations and guidelines governing student behavior. American Sentinel reaffirms each student’s privilege of exercising certain rights, including the right to appropriate due process in any disciplinary matter.

Student Conduct Expectations

Students at American Sentinel University are expected to exhibit positive academic citizenship and are required to:

  • Read and follow all policies, procedures and program information guidelines published in hard copy or available electronically on the University Web site.
  • Pursue learning with honesty and integrity.
  • Recognize and respect the rights of others.
  • Assume personal responsibility as adults for their behavior without supervision.
  • Progress in their programs by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures.
  • Demonstrate mutual respect when interacting with administration, faculty, staff and other students.
  • Meet their financial obligations in a timely manner.

Students who do not practice good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal and/or a hold on academic records. All students are responsible to review the academic code of conduct policy and behave in keeping with the stated principles.

Social Media Policy

Follow American Sentinel values: Guidelines for functioning in an electronic world are the same as the guidelines that dictate the values, ethics and confidentiality policies by which students are expected to live every day.

  • Post meaningful, respectful comments and do not post remarks that are off-topic or offensive.
  • Reply to comments in a timely manner when a response is appropriate.
  • When disagreeing with others’ opinions, remain appropriate and polite.

Clarify an opinion: Unless authorized to speak on behalf of American Sentinel University, students should make clear that all views expressed are their own.

Act responsibly and ethically: When participating in online communities, students are advised not to misrepresent themselves.

Internet Usage Policy

All Internet data that is composed, transmitted, or received via the American Sentinel computer communications systems is considered to be part of the official records of the university and, as such, is subject to disclosure to law enforcement or other third parties, such as state regulators and accrediting agencies. Consequently, students should always ensure that the information contained in their email messages and other transmissions is accurate, appropriate, ethical and lawful.

Students will be held personally liable for any violations of this policy. The following behaviors are examples of actions and activities that are prohibited and can result in disciplinary action:

  • Sending, printing or posting discriminatory, harassing or threatening messages or images.
  • Stealing, using or disclosing someone else’s code or password without authorization.
  • Violating copyright law.
  • Sending or posting messages or material that could damage the university’s image or reputation, including the use of the university name, titles and positions in any publication that may be perceived as offensive.
  • Sending or posting messages that defame or slander other individuals.
  • Sending or posting chain letters, solicitations or advertisements not related to education purposes or activities.
  • Jeopardizing the security of the university’s electronic communications systems.
  • Sending or posting messages that disparage another organization’s products or services or the passing of personal views as representing those of the organization.
  • Sending anonymous e-mail messages.
  • Engaging in any other inappropriate or illegal activities.

Official Obligations Between the Student and University

Misconduct relating to official obligations between the student and the university or its officials includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Issuance of a check without sufficient funds.
  • Failure to fulfill financial obligation(s) to the university.
  • Failure to fulfill other legal obligation(s) to the university.
  • Failure to comply with reasonable directions of, or failure to heed an official summons of, college officials, faculty or staff members acting in the performance of their duties.
  • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline or sanctions otherwise imposed by the university.
  • Conspiring, planning, or attempting to achieve any of the above acts.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy

The faculty and staff of American Sentinel University uphold an ethical and professional obligation to provide each student with the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her educational goals. However, our university is governed by institutionally established regulations of student behavior that protect such individual freedoms of educational pursuit, provided students demonstrate honesty, integrity and respect for the preservation, communication and pursuit of knowledge. Any action not consistent with such principles is unacceptable and subject to corrective actions that may include dismissal from the university.

Academic dishonest includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Cheating includes:
    • Acquiring information for specifically assigned projects from another student, working with one or more persons on an exam that is to be taken as an individual or observing work from another individual’s exam.
    • Providing information to another student for an exam that is meant to be taken individually or copying and giving out the exam or content prior to the exam time.
  • Plagiarism includes:
    • Failing to credit sources used in a work product in an attempt to pass off the work as one’s own.
    • Attempting to receive credit for work performed by another, including papers obtained in whole or in part from individuals or other sources.
    • Copying textual content as well as presenting another’s ideas or images without citing the source.
  • Falsifying information includes:
    • Falsification of the results obtained from a research.
    • The written or oral presentation or results of research that have not been performed.
    • Conspiring to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
    • Furnishing false information to any university office or official, faculty or staff member acting in an official capacity, or giving false testimony or other falsified evidence at any campus disciplinary hearing.
    • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any university document, record, or instrument of identification.
    • Theft, unauthorized access to or other abuse of computer systems or computer time relating to college endeavors.
    • Conspiring, planning, or attempting to achieve any of the above acts.

Procedure for Acts of Plagiarism:

Levels of Plagiarism – The following levels of plagiarism violation are as follows:

  • Level 1: Presents a paper, assignment, or problem set written by someone else as the student’s own work due to ignorance or inexperience.
  • Level 2: Presents a paper, assignment, or problem set written by someone else as the student’s own work intentionally and willfully.
  • Level 3: Repeats a Level 2 violation.
  • Level 4: Multiple repeats of a Level 2 violation.

Penalties for Plagiarism – The following penalties for plagiarism violation are as follows:

  • Level 1
    • Student receives an academic warning that goes in the student’s file and is allowed to resubmit the assignment.
    • Instructor may assign a grade for the assignment that includes a penalty of a percentage of the grade (10% – 50%) or no grade penalty may be given.
  • Level 2
    • Student receives an F (0%) grade for the assignment.
    • Student may not resubmit the assignment.
  • Level 3
    • Student receives an F (59%) for the course and the student may retake the course.
  • Level 4
    • The student is suspended or expelled from program and University.

Handling Plagiarism – Although American Sentinel University recognizes that students may be unfamiliar with proper posting and citation requirements in the online environment, the expectation is that the faculty members help students learn how to properly cite information so students avoid violations. Faculty and students are held accountable to our strict no-tolerance policy regarding plagiarism in the academic environment.

Faculty member will select the consequence of a plagiarism issue in Level 1 and 2 violations. Level 3 and 4 violations will be handled by the Dean of the respective program. The treatment of an instance of plagiarism should reflect an evaluation of the nature of the problem.

Nursing Code of Conduct

Nursing students are expected to function within the framework of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses. Students may purchase the Code of Ethics for Nurses by contacting the American Nurses Association Publishing Company or may view the code online.

Penalties for Code of Conduct Violations

Penalties for violation of institutional policies, rules and regulations may be administered regardless of whether the actions of the student are civil or criminal violations. Whenever disciplinary actions lead to a student leaving American Sentinel University, grades will be assigned in accordance with university’s grade policy and dates set forth in the academic calendar. American Sentinel may impose one or more of the following misconduct penalties upon individuals, groups or organizations.

  • Admonition: This consists of a verbal or written warning. Verbal admonitions do not become a part of the student’s confidential record held in the registrar’s office.
  • Loss of privileges or imposition of certain tasks: Under some circumstances of misconduct, the university may deem it appropriate to take away certain privileges. The following penalties may be imposed:
    • Withholding of an official transcript or degree.
    • Blocking from enrollment for a specified period of time.
    • Failing or changing a test,course, assignment or other grade.
    • Suspending library and internet access.
  • The student may also be required to perform certain tasks, such as making restitution—whether monetary or by specific duties—attending counseling sessions, performing additional academic work not required of other students in a specific course, complying with a behavioral contract, or paying special fees, fines or service charges.
  • Probation: Probation is levied for a specified time, the duration of which will be determined by the seriousness of the misconduct. Probation carries with it a warning that any further violations of university regulations may result in more serious consequences, including suspension or expulsion. The two types of probation related to the Student Code of Conduct are:
    • Conduct probation – A sanction that will be removed from the student’s confidential record at the end of the period of probation.
    • Disciplinary probation – A sanction that may or may not remain a permanent part of the student’s record.
  • Suspension: Continued and/or flagrant violations of the probation terms (or serious-offense cases) may result in suspension from American Sentinel for a specified period. The student is blocked from re-enrollment until he/she applies for readmission to the university and is cleared by appropriate officials. Suspension becomes a part of the student’s permanent record in the registrar’s office.
  • Withdrawal: Withdrawal is administrative removal of a student from a class or from the university and may be imposed in instances of unmet financial obligations to the university, for reasons of health or pending the outcome of competent medical evaluation. The withdrawn student may also be barred from re-enrollment until specific conditions are met.
  • Expulsion: Expulsion is permanent severance from American Sentinel University.
  • Revocation of Degrees: The revocation of degrees may occur for misconduct of prior students. Allegations of misconduct that may result in a revocation of a degree will be considered by the appropriate academic process.

Students may file a appeal regarding the Code of Conduct violation using the university appeal process.