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 Academic Integrity Policy

Updated August 2019

Any member of the academic community may refer a suspected violation of academic integrity to the Academic Judiciary Office.  The accusation should be submitted using the online reporting form found on the academic integrity website within two weeks of the discovery of the suspected violation.  All faculty are encouraged to discuss the situation with their Chair, Undergraduate Program Director or Dean’s Office before submitting an official accusation.   When it is not possible for the accusation to be made within the two-week period, justification for the delay should be included in the filing documentation.  Course instructors who suspect violations of academic integrity must report their suspicions to the Academic Judiciary Office; they may not establish a penalty independently.  An instructor will be asked to provide a recommended penalty on the accusation report submitted to the Academic Judiciary Office. The instructor’s recommended penalty is noted on the accusation report submitted to the Academic Judiciary committee. Instructors may wish to consult with the Academic Integrity Officer before identifying recommended penalties.

When the Academic Judiciary Office receives an accusation, each student is notified by email and instructed to make an appointment with the Academic Integrity Officer to discuss the accusation.  This meeting may include an academic advisor or other professional from the student’s College/School to address the implications of the accusation on degree progress or other related academic issues/concerns.  Students are encouraged to invite an advisor to offer counsel on any potential academic implications. A copy of the accusation report (including a course instructor's recommended penalty, if applicable) and supporting documentation, if any, will be given to all parties named in the report.  Students accused of academic dishonesty will have two weeks from the date of notification to inform the staff within the Academic Judiciary Office whether or not they intend to appeal the accusation.   In the meantime, a student's academic record will notate an "I" grade in the course signifying that there is a pending academic judiciary matter (for course-based accusations), as well as pending remarks of academic dishonesty.  The "I" grade and the pending remarks will remain until the matter is resolved.  Students should continue attending class and completing coursework for in-progress courses.