- 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 five college working 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.
- 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.
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.