Confronting Academic Misconduct

Academic dishonesty is both an academic matter between a student and his/her faculty member and a violation under the Student Code of Conduct subject to University disciplinary action. An act of academic dishonesty may and should be handled by the faculty member, the student, and if appropriate, the faculty member’s department head and/or dean over that academic department.

Sanctions that can be assigned by a faculty member range from giving a reduced grade on the work in question to failing the student for the entire course. In addition, some academic departments and programs have their own policies for dealing with academic dishonesty and/or violations of Professional Codes of Ethics which allow the department or program to impose sanctions ranging from probation to program dismissal. A sanction assigned by a faculty member and/or an academic department or program is an academic, not a disciplinary sanction.

If the matter is resolved satisfactorily between the student and the faculty member, and the faculty member decides not to refer the student for University disciplinary action, the faculty member may still report the incident to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services/Dean of Students.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Services/Dean of Students will maintain a record of the reported incident and may elect to pursue University disciplinary action against a student who is reported to that office for a subsequent act of academic dishonesty.

If the faculty member decides that a stronger sanction is needed instead of or in addition to any academic sanctions assigned by that faculty member, the incident may be referred to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services/Dean of Students for review and possible University disciplinary action. Once the referral is made to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services/Dean of Students, the incident will be handled in the same manner as would any other allegation under the Student Code of Conduct.