*Note: Effective Spring 2016, this process is handled by the Faculty Fellow for Academic Integrity, Dr. Valerie George. For any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. George at 7-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Faculty:
REGARDING STUDENT ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Please become familiar with the Student Misconduct procedures, which are the outcome of a University committee, consultation with academic units, and approved by the Faculty Senate (revision approved Spring, 2010).
Code of Academic Integrity
On November 28, 2001, the Student Government Association adopted the Code of Academic Integrity, which can be incorporated into syllabi, distributed prior to an exam, or employed in any way that might help to prevent academic misconduct. Please be advised that requiring students to sign the pledge may not be enforceable; however, you may ask students to sign an acknowledgment that they have read the Pledge.
Academic Misconduct Procedures
When you suspect a student of having plagiarized, cheated, or committed any other misconduct defined in the Student Handbook,
- Do a preliminary investigation, which would involve gathering what evidence you can from web search engines, secondary sources, etc.
- Contact Ashley Medero at
email@example.com to determine if the student has a prior record of misconduct. If the student does, then the issue cannot be resolved informally and you need to file a Formal Complaint form.
- Meet with the student within fourteen (14) calendar days of becoming aware of the alleged misconduct to confront him/her with your suspicions and your evidence. Listen to his/her explanations.
If you feel your allegations give you probable cause to initiate Formal or Informal misconduct procedures, indicate to the student that you are either willing to resolve the issue informally or that you intend to file formal charges.
If you offer the student an Informal Resolution, you need to agree with the student as to what are the acceptable sanctions. Any sanctions listed in the Student Handbook, other than suspension or expulsion may be agreed upon in an Informal Resolution. Any sanction such as requiring community service or requiring the student to take a specific course, for undergraduate students, should be in consultation with Dr. Valerie George, Faculty Fellow for Academic Integrity, who will also be responsible for enforcement of the sanction. Suspension or expulsion can only be given as the result of the filing of a Formal Resolution.
Inform the student that he/she may petition Dr. Valerie George upon graduation to have the record of the Informal Resolution expunged. Records of Formal Resolutions are permanently kept in the respective office.
You must file an Informal Resolution Form and have the student sign his/her consent. The student has three (3) business days to cancel the agreement in writing, after which the Consent Agreement becomes binding. The complainant will file the form with Dr. George no later than seven (7) calendar days after the meeting.
If no Informal Resolution is forthcoming, or you believe the nature of the misconduct is egregious enough not to warrant an Informal Resolution, you must complete the Formal Misconduct Form and file it with Dr. George no later than seven (7) calendar days after the date of the meeting with the student. Along with the Formal Misconduct Charge, you must also provide what evidence you have and indicate your willingness to participate in the Formal Misconduct procedures as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Note: A Formal Resolution does not automatically result in sanctions of suspension or expulsion. All necessary forms and a copy of the Pledge can be obtained at your dean's office or by downloading them from the written statements above. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Valerie George at 7-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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