Definitions of Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of community standards. It undermines the bonds between members of the community and defrauds those who may eventually depend upon our knowledge and integrity. Such dishonesty includes:
Allegations of Academic Dishonesty
If a faculty member suspects that a violation has occurred, the faculty member will make a reasonable effort to meet with the student(s) to inform him/her of the allegation. The faculty member and student will discuss the allegation, and agree to either pursue student/faculty resolution or refer the case to the Honor Council. If the student does not admit responsibility for the violation or disagrees with the sanction to be imposed by the faculty member, the student may request that the case be referred to the Honor Council. Faculty members are responsible for informing students of their option to refer the incident to the Honor Council for review at any time during the student/faculty resolution.
If a student is either unwilling or unable to meet with the faculty member within two weeks of notification, then the faculty member must refer the case to the Honor Council for review by a Hearing Board.
A student who suspects that a violation of the code of academic integrity has occurred should take some form of action. Ideally, the student will report that violation to the Honor Council using the form for student reports. In this report, the student should describe any action taken, such as talking with the person involved, or with a faculty or staff member. Every effort will be made to preserve the anonymity of the student reporting the incident; however, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Students might also report anonymously to the instructor, with or without naming individuals, or confront the individual(s) believed to be in violation of the code.
If the student and faculty member agree to student/faculty resolution, they will discuss the case and the sanction to be imposed by the faculty member. If both student and faculty agree to the student’s responsibility for the violation and to the sanction to be imposed by the faculty member, the faculty member writes a report to the Honor Council describing the incident giving rise to the allegations and informing them of
a. the date, time, location of meeting or meetings with student,
b. the nature of their conversations,
c. the student’s admission of responsibility for the violation,
d. evidence and relevant supporting information,
e. the sanction to be imposed, and
f. whether or not a hearing has been requested.
The faculty member will send copies of the report to the student and to Academic Services as the office of record.
All reports of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Associate Provost in Academic Services to verify whether reports have been received indicating that the student has been found responsible for any other act of academic dishonesty. If the Associate Provost finds that the case is a repeat offense, the case is automatically referred to the Honor Council for review by an Honor Council Hearing Board.
Honor Council Resolution
Cases not resolved through student/faculty resolution will be referred for a hearing. A hearing is initiated when the Honor Council receives a report from the Associate Provost in Academic Services of a request for a hearing by either the student or the faculty member.
Composition of Hearing Boards
A hearing is conducted by a Hearing Board. The panel will normally consist of seven persons, six of whom will be voting members. Hearing Boards are made up of three students, two faculty members, and one administrator selected by the Honor Council chair from the membership of the Honor Council. Determinations of the board will be by a majority vote (four votes or more). The chair or vice-chair of the Honor Council will serve as the Hearing Board chair and will vote only in the event of a tie. If the chair or vice-chair is unavailable or the caseload becomes unmanageable, the Faculty Adviser will appoint another member of the Honor Council to serve as chair of the Hearing Board.
The initial report of an allegation of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Honor Council Chair and the Faculty Adviser, who will then appoint a Hearing Board and designate a chair of the Hearing Board. Following this, the chair of the Hearing Board will inform the student of the allegation in writing, including the faculty member’s report. The chair of the Hearing Board will request a written statement from the student in response to the allegation, and, if the student so desires, he or she can submit a list of witnesses to appear at the hearing on the student’s behalf. Witnesses are limited to individuals who can present evidence that bears directly on the allegation. The student’s written statement will become part of the case and be reviewed by the Hearing Board in preparation for hearing the case, but it will not take the place of the student’s presence at or comments within the hearing.
The chair will select the date, time, and place for the hearing and notify both the referring faculty member and the student by personal delivery or campus mailbox a minimum of five (5) business days prior to the hearing. Either the chair or vice-chair (whichever one is not presiding at the hearing) or the faculty adviser will meet with the student to review hearing procedures and process. He/she will also meet with the student following the hearing to discuss the ramifications of the findings and the student's options for appeal.
Students have the right to object to any member of the Hearing Board they believe to be biased in the case. In cases where the student objects to a member of the Hearing Board, the chair of the Honor Council and the Faculty Adviser will decide whether or not to act on that objection. Members of the Hearing Board have the responsibility to recuse themselves from cases in which there is a conflict of interest.
The Hearing Board Process
The purpose of a hearing is to explore and investigate the incident giving rise to the appearance of academic dishonesty and to reach an informed conclusion as to whether or not academic dishonesty occurred. All persons at a hearing are expected to assist in a thorough and honest exposition of all related facts. Honor Council Hearing Board proceedings are not a court of law, and attorneys are not permitted to be present at any hearings.
The sequence of a hearing is necessarily controlled by the nature of the incident to be investigated and the information to be examined. It lies within the judgment of the presiding officer to determine the most reasonable approach. The following steps are generally recommended:
The Hearing Board chair will ensure that the following rules and points of order are observed:
If the Honor Council Faculty Adviser determines that a Hearing Board cannot be convened within a reasonable period of time after an allegation is made, two students and one faculty member will be appointed as an ad hoc Hearing Board. Members of ad hoc Hearing Boards shall be current or former members of the Honor Council. A non-voting Hearing Board chair will also be appointed.
Hearing Board Outcomes
If the Hearing Board determines that the allegations of academic dishonesty are unfounded, then no record of the allegation and/or hearing appears on the student’s record and no sanctions are imposed.
Sanctions available to faculty members for informal resolution include:
Sanctions available to the Honor Council include:
The Grade of XF
An XF will be recorded on the student’s transcript with the notation “failure due to academic dishonesty”. The grade of XF shall be treated in the same way as an F for the purposes of grade point average, course repeatability, and the determination of academic standing.
A student may file a written petition to the Honor Council to have the grade of XF removed and replaced with the grade of F. The decision to remove the grade of XF and replace it with a grade of F requires a majority of a quorum of the council (quorum for the Honor Council is five students and three faculty members), provided that:
Prior to deciding a petition, the Honor Council will review the record of the case and consult with the Honor Council adviser and, whenever possible, the faculty member who originally reported the violation. Both the Honor Council adviser and the faculty member serve in an advisory capacity only. If the Honor Council denies the petition, the student cannot submit another petition for four years, unless the Honor Council specifies an earlier date.
Subsequent Allegations of Academic Dishonesty
In the event of a subsequent allegation of academic dishonesty, the case is automatically referred to the Honor Council and reviewed by an Honor Council Hearing Board. Ordinarily, a second substantiated allegation of academic dishonesty results in either suspension for one or two full semesters, excluding summer terms, or permanent dismissal from the university. In the event of extraordinary or extenuating circumstances, the Hearing Board has the right to assign a lesser sanction.
Unless otherwise designated by the Honor Council, suspension for academic dishonesty will take place immediately. In the case of an appeal, the suspension is held in abeyance until the appeal process is completed.
A student is allowed one opportunity to appeal a decision of the Hearing Board to the Student Appellate Board. Appeals must be received by the Student Appellate Board at the Student Development Office within five (5) business days of receipt of the Honor Council Hearing Board decision. Appeals must be based on one or more of the following three conditions:
The Honor Council will review the policies and procedures described in the Code of Academic Integrity at least bi-annually and will recommend any revisions to students and faculty.