Academic Integrity Board

Discussing, Reporting and Adjudicating Violations

If a faculty member suspects that an undergraduate student has violated academic integrity standards, the faculty member shall advise the student and the departmental chair and consult with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies about the appropriate course of action. Before speaking with the student, the faculty member also may choose to consult with the chair or dean about academic integrity standards. If the faculty member, in consultation with the dean, determines that the evidence is not adequate to charge the student with a violation, the matter will be dropped. Otherwise, the following procedures will be followed.

First Violations

If the faculty member and the student agree that a violation has occurred, and the violation is determined to be a first violation (the university has no record of previous violations by the student of the university's Standards of Conduct), the faculty member shall choose either to sanction the student or to refer the case to the academic integrity board. If the faculty member chooses to sanction the student, the minimum sanction is failure in the work in question and the maximum sanction is failure in the course. The faculty member will be provided with a standard reporting form to be signed by both the student and faculty member.   Students found responsible for a first violation will be required, in addition to any other sanctions imposed, to attend an ethics education program or to complete an ethics exercise as assigned by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies or the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or their designees.

Violations Reported After Voluntary Withdrawal or Academic Separation

Suspected violations of academic integrity standards reported after a student voluntarily withdraws or is academically separated will be investigated and adjudicated. A student who withdraws or is academically separated during the investigation and adjudication of a suspected violation may be asked to appear at a hearing or, if the student fails to appear, have his or her case heard in absentia. If the student is found responsible for a violation, sanctions can be imposed.

Violations Reported After Graduation
In the event that a suspected violation of academic integrity standards is reported after graduation, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee will make a determination as to the feasibility of investigation and adjudication. Graduation will not preempt investigation or adjudication of a suspected violation when those processes are feasible. If a student is found responsible for a violation and the sanction imposed makes the student ineligible to earn his or her degree, the degree may be revoked.
Hearings

The case will be referred to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs for Integrity Board action if either:

  1.  The student claims not to have violated academic integrity standards or the student disagrees with the sanction imposed by the professor;
  2. The faculty member feels that the seriousness of the first offense warrants presentation to the academic integrity board; or
  3. The faculty member, after consultation with the dean, prefers to have the academic integrity board investigate or adjudicate the alleged violation, or prefers that the board sanction the student; 
  4. The university judicial file indicates that the student suspected of a violation has been responsible for one or more previous violations of the university's Community Standards of Conduct
  5. The academic misrepresentation/obstruction alleged occurred outside the classroom.

The signed report form from a faculty member or the finding of responsibility by the academic integrity board will become part of the student's university judicial file.

Hearing Procedure

If a suspected or known violation of academic integrity standards warrants consideration by the Academic Integrity Board, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (or his or her designee) will convene the board.  The following procedures apply:

  1. Academic integrity board procedure, the vote required for the determination of responsibility, and the evidence standard will be the same as those for the university judicial board.
  2. Should the board find the student not responsible for a suspected violation, the faculty member and the student will be so informed.
  3. All members of the board may question witnesses.
  4. The faculty member will be asked to evaluate the student's performance in the assignment in question and to issue a grade based on his or her normal grading practices.
  5. Other witnesses may be called by the board or the accused.
  6. In cases in which the academic integrity board finds a student responsible for a second or subsequent violation, the minimum sanction will be failure in the course; the maximum penalty will be expulsion. If the academic integrity board finds a student responsible for misrepresentation or obstruction, the minimum sanction will be university disciplinary probation; the maximum penalty will be expulsion.