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Academic Dishonesty


The Code of Student Conduct allows for Community Rights and Responsibilities to address academic integrity violations. While faculty members retain the right to determine grade penalty, the official University disciplinary response is handed down through the disciplinary process.


Academic Integrity Cases

Faculty members are encouraged to report all instances of academic dishonesty to Community Rights and Responsibilities (CR&R). Faculty members retain authority to determine grade penalties, but shall follow the following procedures in resolving disciplinary complaints:

  1. Faculty members who discover academic dishonesty shall arrange to meet with an accused student as soon as possible to discuss the allegation. Prior to this meeting the faculty member may consult with CR&R staff.
  2. If the student acknowledges academic dishonesty and the faculty member is satisfied that the incident has been resolved:
    1. The faculty member will discuss the grade penalty to be applied and/or
      the reparation required of the student. Faculty members should adhere to the grade penalty policy, if any, noted in the course syllabus. Faculty members without such a policy in the course syllabus should develop grade penalties consistent with the nature of the offense.
    2. A written summary of the incident and the resolution will be forwarded by the faculty member to Community Rights and Responsibilities.
    3. A Community Rights and Responsibilities staff member shall conduct a disciplinary conference with the student to determine if an informal disciplinary resolution can be reached. This resolution must meet with the approval of the student, the referring faculty member, and CR&R staff.
    4. If an informal resolution cannot be reached through a disciplinary conference, the case will be referred to a formal hearing of the University Hearing Panel.
  3. If the student denies the allegation of academic dishonesty or the faculty member believes that the severity of the infraction may warrant a suspension or dismissal from the institution:
    1. The faculty member will forward a written summary of the incident to Community Rights and Responsibilities. This summary must contain copies of all information to be utilized in the disciplinary process including the names of all parties involved. The student will have access to all information given to CR&R.
    2. A CR&R staff member shall conduct a disciplinary conference with the student to review the student's rights in the disciplinary process, the allegations against the student, and the hearing procedures.
    3. A formal disciplinary hearing will be scheduled to determine if a violation of University regulations has taken place and, if so, the appropriate sanction to apply. In the event of a hearing, the faculty member will be provided the same basic due process rights as an aggrieved party.
    4. No grade penalty shall be assigned by the instructor until the University Hearing Panel determines that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred. If the allegation cannot be resolved prior to the end of the current semester, a grade of "Incomplete" shall be assigned pending the outcome of the hearing.
    5. The faculty member will be notified of the outcome of the disciplinary case in order to assign grade penalties for violations.
  4. Students receiving a grade penalty for alleged academic dishonesty violations without adherence to the above procedures may file a grievance with the Student Grievance Committee.

For Faculty wishing to report a suspected case of academic dishonesty, view the Faculty Disciplinary Guide (pdf) or access the academic integrity reporting packet (pdf).

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