Academic Integrity Policy 

VIM expects students to be honest in their academic work. By enrolling at VIM, students implicitly agree to adhere to standards set by the institute for academic honesty and integrity and understand that failure to comply with this policy may result in academic and disciplinary action, such as not granting terms, failing in exams, up to and including expulsion from the programme. 

Each student is required to read the Policies upon registration for the programme. By continuing their enrollments and studies at VIM, students are deemed to have read and consented to this policy.

Students have an ethical obligation to adhere to the AIP and are required to avoid violations of the Policies that include but are not limited to the following:

A. Cheating : The improper taking or tendering of any information or material which shall be used to determine academic credit. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Copying from another student’s assignment / project / dissertation/report / test / homework paper.

  • Submitting a duplicate computer printout with only the student’s name changed. This applies to assignment / project / dissertation/report / test / homework paper.

  • Allowing another student to copy from an assignment / project / dissertation/report / test / homework paper.

  • Using unauthorized materials during an assignment / project / dissertation/report / test / homework paper, such as the course textbook, notebook, formula lists, notes or crib sheets, including those stored in a calculator / laptop/ computer / mobile / other digital media / device/gadget/peripheral.

  • Collaborating during an in-class or take-home test with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority. Legitimate collaboration between a student/s and a course teacher shall not be considered a violation of the AIP.

B. Plagiarism : The attempt to represent the work of another, as it may relate to written or oral works, computer-based work, mode of creative expression, as the product of one’s own thought, whether the other’s work is published or unpublished, or simply the work of a fellow student.

  • When a student submits oral or written work for credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references, and, if verbatim statements are included, through use of quotation marks as well.

  • By placing one’s name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgements. A student will avoid being charged with plagiarism if there is an acknowledgement of indebtedness. Examples include:

  • Quoting another person’s actual words.

  • Using another person’s idea, opinion, or theory, even if it is completely paraphrased in one’s own words. 

  • Drawing upon facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials — unless the information is common knowledge.

  • Submitting a paper purchased from a term paper service as one’s own work.

  • Failing to accurately document information or wording obtained on the World Wide Web.

  • Submitting anyone else’s paper as one’s own work.

  • Violating copyright laws, including unauthorized duplication and/or distribution of copyrighted material.

  • Offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of any materials, items or services of value to gain academic advantages for yourself or another.

C. Misrepresentation : Any act or omission with intent to deceive a course teacher/academic or administrative official for academic advantage. Misrepresentation includes lying to a course teacher to increase your grade; lying or misrepresenting facts when confronted with an allegation of academic dishonesty.

D. Conspiracy : The planning or acting with one or more persons to commit any form of academic dishonesty to gain academic advantage for yourself or another.

E. Fabrication: The use of invented or fabricated information, or the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive for academic professional advantage; also the falsification or misrepresentation of experimental data, and violating the professional ethics that are established in clinical activities, science labs, research projects or internships. Examples include:

  • Citing information not taken from the source indicated.

  • Listing sources in a Works Cited or reference not used in the academic exercise.

  • Inventing data or source information for research or other academic exercise.

  • Submitting any academic exercise as one’s own (e.g. written or oral work, sculpture, computer program, etc.) prepared totally or in part by another, including on-line sources.

  • Taking a test for someone else or permitting someone else to take a test for you.

F. Collusion : The act of working with another person on an academic undertaking for which a student is individually responsible. Unless working together on an individual assignment has been prior approved, it is not allowed. On group projects, students must stay within the guidelines set by the course teacher & the contents of this AIP. If the course teacher provides additional guidelines, they must be followed. Failure to do so also constitutes a violation of these AIP.

G. Duplicate Submission : Submission of the same or substantially same paper/project in more than one class unless prior permission has been obtained from the current course teacher if the paper/project is being used in two classes in the same term or from the subsequent course teacher if being used in a subsequent term.

H. Academic Misconduct : The intentional violation of Institute’s policies by tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a test, quiz, or graded assignment. Examples include:

  • Stealing, buying, downloading, or otherwise obtaining all or part of a test and/or test answers.

  • Selling or giving away all or part of an unadministered test and/or test answers.

  • Asking or bribing any other person to obtain a test or any information about a test.

  • Misrepresenting the truth, including handing in computer programs or using computer programs generated by another as one’s own work; lying to an instructor to increase a grade; and lying or misrepresenting facts when confronted with an allegation of academic dishonesty.

  • Changing, altering, or being an accessory to changing and/or altering of a grade in a grade book, on a computer, on a test, on a "change of grade" form, or on other official academic records of the college which relate to grades.

I. Improper Computer Use : Examples of improper computer use include but are not limited to:

  • Unauthorized access, modification, use, creation or destruction of computer-stored data and programs.

  • Selling or giving away all or part of the digital information which will be used as graded material. 

  • Sharing a calculator or computer while leaving answers on display or in memory.

J. Improper Online, Tele Web and Blended course use include:

  • Having or providing unauthorized outside help when completing online quizzes or assignments.

  • Obtaining access to confidential test materials or questions before quizzes or assignments.

K. Disruptive Behavior : Each student’s behavior in the classroom or Web course is expected to contribute to a positive learning/teaching environment, respecting the rights of others and their opportunity to learn. 

No student has the right to interfere with the teaching/learning process, including the posting of inappropriate materials on chatroom or Web page sites.

The course teacher has the authority to ask a disruptive student to leave the classroom, lab, or Web course and to file disciplinary charges if disruptive behavior continues.

L. Course Teacher’s Right to Academic Standards: The course teacher has the absolute right to evaluate the student, submissions, tests and other evaluative aspects in a manner that he/she deems to be fit and appropriate for maintain academic standards of the institute and for ensuring the positive growth of the student through learning. A student shall not presume that mere attendance / submission shall entitle him/her to marks / grades.

M. The Institute reserves the right to modify / alter the above policy as it deems appropriate in light of its academic goals and objectives.