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Academic Misconduct Procedures for Academic Misconduct Related to a Course

Action by a Faculty Member

A faculty member who has information that a student enrolled in a course being conducted by the faculty member has committed an act of academic misconduct related to that course is required to hold an informal conference with the student concerning the matter.

The faculty member must advise the student of the alleged act of misconduct and the information upon which the allegation is based.

The student must be given an opportunity to respond to the allegation of misconduct.

If the faculty member concludes that the student did commit the act of misconduct as alleged, the faculty member is authorized to impose an appropriate academic sanction related to the particular course involved.

An appropriate academic sanction for such misconduct may include, but is not limited to, any one or a combination of the following:

The student may be given a lower grade than the student would otherwise have received for any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.

The student may be given a failing grade for any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.

The student may be required to repeat or resubmit any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.

The student may be required to complete some additional assignment, course work, examination, or paper as a substitute for any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.

The student may be required to withdraw from the course with an appropriate grade of W or F, in the faculty member's discretion.

The student may be given a lower grade than the student would otherwise have received for the course, including a failing grade.

The penalty for a serious act of academic misconduct should ordinarily involve the recording of a failing grade for the course.

An incomplete may be given in the course in the event that the matter cannot be resolved before final grades are due in the Office of the Registrar.

If the penalty includes a failing grade for the course, the registrar will be notified that the grade was given because of academic misconduct. The registrar will record the grade of F on the student's permanent academic transcript without any notation concerning the reason for the grade. The registrar must, however, follow procedures to ensure that the grade of F will not thereafter be removed from the transcript in accordance with other academic policies or procedures such as the FX policy. A grade of F given because of academic misconduct must be calculated in a determination of the student's grade point average, but the grade will not prevent the student from repeating the same course for credit.

At the conclusion of the informal conference, if the student is found responsible for the academic misconduct, the faculty member is required to report the matter within fourteen (14) calendar days in writing to the Office of Student Conduct, who will send the report to the student, the dean or director of the school or unit in which the offense occurred, and the student’s dean or director (if the student is not a major in the unit in which the offense occurred).

The written report to the student must include the following:

A statement concerning the nature of the offense;

The terms of the sanction being imposed;

A statement that the student may submit an appeal in writing to the dean or director of the school or unit within which the offense occurred within seven calendar days after receiving the faculty member's written report;

A statement that the matter is being reported to the dean of students who has the authority to impose an additional sanction if the dean of students believes that such a sanction is justified because of the nature of the student's misconduct or because of any prior acts of misconduct that the student may have committed;

A statement that the additional sanction may be any of the following:

Disciplinary probation for a specified period of time;

Suspension from the university for a specified period of time; or

Expulsion from the university;

A statement that the dean of students will notify the student within seven calendar days of receipt of the faculty member’s report if the dean has decided not to impose an additional sanction or is still considering the propriety of imposing an additional sanction.


Action by the Director of Student Conduct

The dean of students is required to review a faculty member's report concerning a student's act of academic misconduct to determine if probation, suspension, or expulsion should be imposed upon the student because of the nature of the act of academic misconduct.

In addition, the Director of Student Conduct is required to determine if the student has a record of any previous acts of academic or personal misconduct and to decide whether probation, suspension, or expulsion should be imposed on the student because of any previous acts of misconduct. In this regard, the Director of Student Conduct is required to maintain a confidential record of all academic sanctions imposed by faculty members and all sanctions imposed by the Director of Student Conduct is in order to determine if a particular student is developing a record of repeated acts of misconduct.

If the Director of Student Conduct considers that no additional sanctions are warranted, the director shall, within fourtenn (14) calendar days following receipt of the faculty member's report, notify the student of the decision not to impose additional sanctions.

If the Director of Student Conduct considers that additional sanctions may be warranted, the dean shall, within fourteen (14) calendar days following the receipt of the faculty member's report, set a date for an informal hearing conference and inform the student personally or by certified mail of the purpose and date of the conference.

The notice shall inform the student of the following:

That the Director of Student Conduct is considering the propriety of imposing an additional sanction upon the student;

That the additional sanction may consist of probation, suspension, or expulsion from the university;

That the student is required to appear in the Office of Student Conduct at a specified date and time for an informal conference to discuss the propriety of the additional sanction;

That the student may have an advisor or other counsel present during the conference; that an advisor or counsel is limited to the role of advising the student; and that an advisor or counsel may not participate in the informal conference or make any statements during the conference;

That the informal conference will be limited to a consideration of the seriousness of the academic misconduct involved, the validity of any record of the student's previous acts of misconduct as maintained by the dean of students, and the propriety of any additional sanction to be imposed;

That the Director of Student Conduct has no authority to reconsider the validity or propriety of the decision of the faculty member concerning the act of academic misconduct;

That the Director of Student Conduct will impose any of the authorized additional sanctions if the student fails to appear for the informal conference and the dean reasonably concludes that the failure to appear is without good cause; and

That the student has the right to appeal a decision of the Director of Student Conduct to impose an additional sanction.

When the student appears for the informal conference as required, the Director of Student Conduct shall inform the student concerning the purposes of the conference and the student's record of previous acts of misconduct, if any. The student shall be given an opportunity to discuss the nature of the act of academic misconduct, the accuracy of the record of the student's previous acts of misconduct, and the propriety of any additional sanction that the director proposes to impose on the student. In discussing the student's record of previous acts of misconduct, the student may not discuss the propriety of the decisions concerning such misconduct. After the informal conference, the Director of Student Conduct has the authority to decide that an additional sanction should be imposed, including any of the following:

disciplinary probation for a specified period of time;

suspension from the university for a specified period of time; or

expulsion from the university.

Upon conclusion of the informal conference, the Director of Student Conduct must inform the dean of the academic unit(s) involved of the dean of students' dispensation of the case.

If a sanction of suspension or expulsion from the university is imposed, the Director of Student Conduct is required to notify the Office of the Registrar to indicate the suspension or expulsion on all copies of the student’s academic transcript. In cases of suspension, the notation will be removed from the transcript by the registrar when the term of suspension has ended.


Right to Appeal

A student has the right to appeal any of the following decisions concerning an alleged act of academic misconduct:

The faculty member's decision that the student committed the act of misconduct.

The faculty member's decision to impose a particular academic sanction.

The decision of the dean of students to impose an additional sanction.

For More information about the appeals process visit our Appeals page and the Campus Procedures.

Click here to file an official complaint with the Office of Student Conduct.