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Guidelines for Appealing an Accusation of Violating Academic Integrity

By appealing the accusation, the student asserts that he or she did not violate university policy concerning academic Integrity. Students may not appeal the instructor's penalty. Students may not appeal/request exceptions for having a Q grade on their record or taking the Q course.

All appeals must be presented in writing not later than two weeks after receipt of notification of the accusation and meeting with a staff from the office of academic judiciary to discuss accusation and the academic integrity policies and procedures. After receiving a student's request for an appeal, the Academic Judiciary Office will inform the instructor or department and schedule a hearing. In cases where students do not appeal, the instructor's recommended penalty is applied.

Students who challenge an accusation for a course that is in progress should continue attending the class and completing coursework. Any student who is granted a hearing and is found not responsible for violating academic integrity will receive his or her earned grade in the course.


If you wish to appeal the accusation that has been brought against you, you must request a hearing in front of the Hearing Board of the Academic Judiciary within two weeks of receiving notification of your accusation from the Academic Judiciary Office. You must submit an appeal statement using the online appeal form found on the academic integrity website . You should provide the academic judiciary office with any relevant documentation that you think will support your case. A copy of your appeal statement and any relevant submitted documentation with be provided to your accuser and to the academic judiciary committee. A panel of five jurors from the university community will consider the statements and evidence brought before it, as provided by you and your accuser. Following, the committee will then make a judgment, by majority vote, of whether you are responsible or not responsible for the accusation brought against you.

Note: If you request a hearing and the hearing board finds that you have provided it with false information concerning your case, you are liable for a second accusation of academic dishonesty. Students found guilty of more than one instance of academic dishonesty are subject to additional penalties, including suspension, expulsion, and permanent marks on their academic record.

Appeal an Accusation