Faculty and Staff
Our office understands that handling student behavior is not faculty and staff’s primary responsibility or forte. This page is designed to help you better navigate through the services that the Office of Student Conduct provides. Please choose from the categories below to get answers to your most frequently asked questions.
- How do I file a report?
- For all violations other than academic misconduct of the Student Conduct Code, use the Incident Report Form or Incident Report Form.
For instances of academic misconduct, use the Alleged Academic Misconduct Report Form.
If the incident may not be a Student Conduct Code violation, please review our Peer Mediation Program or our Student of Concern page to see if the Office of Student Conduct can assist you.
- What is the best way to contact the Office of Student Conduct?
- Visit our office between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays or email us at [email protected].
- How can I request a presentation?
- Choose from our list of trainings and presentations and then fill out a presentation request form.
Student Academic Misconduct Policy and Process
- I suspect a student committed academic misconduct, what do I do next?
- Per the Student Academic Misconduct Policy, responsible instructors should notify the students and offer to have an initial meeting with the student within seven calendar days. You should also prepare an Alleged Academic Misconduct Report for your meeting with the student.
- Do I have to forward allegations of academic misconduct to the Office of Student Conduct?
- If you believe academic misconduct has occurred at any level, you must notify the Office of Student Conduct. If after meeting with the student you dismiss the allegations, you do not need to forward any information to the Office of Student Conduct.
- I do not feel comfortable confronting students; can I just forward the information onto the Office of Student Conduct?
- The procedures for handling allegations of academic misconduct are meant to allow an educational dialogue between faculty and student; a discussion about specific offense, academic integrity and how it relates to professional codes of conduct. Responsible instructors may forward the alleged academic misconduct report form when compelling circumstances exist (e.g. end of the academic year, unable to make contact with student, student has missed multiple scheduled appointments, additional allegations of the Student Conduct Code accompany the allegation of academic misconduct).
- I suspect a group of students are involved in the same act of academic misconduct. Do I meet with them all individually or as a group?
- In accordance with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), instructors should meet with students individually to maintain privacy.
- May I meet with a student multiple times before making a determination of responsibility or academic sanctions?
- Yes. In instances were multiple students may be involved and/or where you would like to gather more information, you may make multiple meetings with a student before making a final determination of responsibility.
- What information do I need to forward to the Office of Student Conduct?
- In addition to forwarding the Alleged Academic Misconduct Report Form it is helpful to include the coursework which serves as the basis of the allegations, as well as any other supporting documentation (e.g. course syllabus, emails). In cases of plagiarism, it is also helpful to include copies of the original sources.
- Once I forward the information to the Office of Student Conduct, is my involvement complete?
- In most cases, yes. The Office of Student Conduct may ask you to provide additional information if any is needed. In instances where a student appeals, you may be notified and asked to serve as a witness to provide the Academic Integrity Appeal Board with an explanation as to your rationale for findings of academic misconduct and proposed academic sanctions.
Student Conduct Code and Process
- How do I know if a student’s behavior violates the student conduct code?
- If you suspect a student conduct violation has occurred, please fill out the Incident Report Form. The Office of Student Conduct will make the final determination what, if any, violations have occurred. If you would prefer, you may contact us before filing a report.
- How do I file a student conduct complaint?
- To file a Student Conduct Code complaint, you need to fill out an Incident Report Form.
- How can I address students who display disruptive behavior, who lead class discussions off subject, who argue over class requirements, and who are generally rude to other classmates?
- For most instances of disruptive student behavior, we recommend the following steps:
- Meet with the student to allow him/her the opportunity to correct the behavior.
- Send a formal warning regarding the behavior, or referring the behavior to the Office of Student Conduct.
- Administratively drop the student from the course (per pages 24 of the Undergraduate Catalog). This action requires the approval by the dean of the college. If a responsible instructor feels a student may need to be immediately dropped from a course please contact us.