Integrity is a concern for every member of the campus community; all share in upholding the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism. By choosing to join the UNLV community, students accept the Student Academic Misconduct Policy and are expected to always engage in ethical decision-making. Students enrolling in UNLV assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with UNLV’s function as an educational institution.
Honesty is the foundation of teaching, learning, research and service; and the prerequisite for full realization of trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Students and faculty alike must be honest with themselves and others.
The UNLV community fosters a climate of mutual trust and encourages the free exchange of ideas. Only with trust can the public believe in the social value and meaning of an institution’s scholarship and degrees.
We strive to establish clear standards, practices, and procedures and expect fairness in the interactions of students, faculty and administrators. Important components of fairness are predictability, clear expectations, a predictable and transparent process, as well as consistent and just responses.
As an academic community of integrity, we recognize the participatory nature of the learning process and honor and respect a wide range of opinions and ideas. Students and faculty must respect themselves and each other as individuals. All must show respect for the contribution of others by acknowledging their intellectual debts.
Every member of an academic community – each student, faculty member and administrator – is responsible for upholding the integrity of scholarship and research. Individuals must take responsibility for their own academic honesty and must not tolerate or ignore academic dishonesty on the part of others.
Because students are aspiring professionals, our community expects them to exercise professional conduct during their career as students and uphold the core value of integrity.
These procedures are designed to encourage a fair and appropriate response to allegations of student academic misconduct. They may be modified in individual cases, so long as the student agrees in writing to the proposed modifications, is provided an opportunity to respond to allegations of academic misconduct within a reasonable time after the allegations have been made, and the modifications do not violate fair process.
- Anyone with a good faith basis for believing a student has violated this policy may report the alleged violation to the responsible instructor, chair/director, dean or appropriate designee within the academic unit. The person who pursues the allegation may be the responsible instructor or a designee appointed by the supervisor of the academic unit in which the course is located. It is expected that appropriate review and consultation with a supervisor or chair or dean is a part of this process.
- A faculty member or primary course instructor who suspects that a student has committed an act of academic misconduct:
- Shall notify the student of the nature of the allegation and offer the student an opportunity for an initial meeting to discuss the allegation and to present any relevant information. When possible, this initial meeting shall occur within five (5) college working days of discovery of the alleged violation.
- Shall notify the student of the nature of the allegation and schedule an initial meeting with the student within five (5) college working days of discovery of the alleged violation. The message shall contain the following: “This message concerns the _________________ (paper, report, assignment, etc) that you submitted in partial fulfillment of the course requirement in your ______________ (course number and section) class on _____________ (date). My initial examination of that (paper, report, assignment) reveals that you may have violated the UNLV Student Academic Misconduct Policy. I request that you meet with me on _______ (date of initial meeting) at ________ (time) in _________ (location).” (parenthetical material deleted)
- Proceedings in case discussions are informal and non-adversarial. The responsible instructor/designee may make a verbal agreement on, or provide the student with a written or electronic notice of, a scheduled meeting. The responsible instructor/designee may request a witness to be present for this meeting. In compelling circumstances, this initial meeting may also be referred to the appropriate Office of Student Conduct (OSC) officer or designee. This option shall occur only after consultation with OSC.
- The purpose of this initial meeting will be to review and discuss the charges before a decision is reached. The responsible instructor/designee may use documentary evidence, provided the student is allowed to respond to it at the meeting. At the sole discretion of the responsible instructor/designee, a student may bring relevant witnesses and/or an advisor. Neither the responsible instructor/designee nor the student may have legal counsel as their advisor at an initial meeting. An advisor is not permitted to participate directly or speak for the student, but only may be present during initial meetings or any subsequent university hearings.
- At this initial meeting, the following results may occur:
- The allegations are dismissed.
- The student accepts responsibility for the violation and accepts the academic sanction(s).
- The responsible instructor/designee believes a violation occurred with the student not admitting responsibility and requesting a hearing.
- The student accepts responsibility for the violation but does not accept the academic sanction(s) and requests a hearing.
- In any of the above circumstances, the “UNLV Alleged Academic Misconduct Report” form shall be completed with a signed copy being provided to the student. Authority and jurisdiction for actual determination of academic misconduct and appropriate academic sanctions are with the primary instructor of the class and/or assignment or the approved departmental process in accordance with the academic unit chair’s/director’s/supervisor’s/ dean’s approval. If the responsible instructor/designee facilitating the initial meeting is not the primary instructor, appropriate communication regarding such sanctions is necessary before signing the UNLV Alleged Academic Misconduct Report form.
- Upon completion of this initial meeting/approved departmental process, if the responsible instructor/designee believes academic misconduct has occurred at any level, he or she shall notify the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) for resolution of a UNLV Student Conduct Code violation. Notification to OSC shall include a copy of the signed UNLV Alleged Academic Misconduct Report form and copies of any relevant documentation used in determining the violation. The responsible instructor/designee shall forward the Alleged Academic Misconduct Report and copies of relevant documentation within ten (10) college working days of discovery and/or the initial meeting with the student.
- OSC will notify the charged student per notification procedures specified in the UNLV Student Conduct Code, which can be found on the Student Conduct Page. The student will be informed of his or her applicable rights and the process(es) for accepting the academic and conduct sanctions and/or appealing the academic decision and sanctions.
- If the student does not attend the initial meeting, the instructor shall forward the charge to the Office of Student Conduct.
All records in relation to a student misconduct case will be maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for implementation. Transcripts of academic records shall contain information about academic status, including disqualification for academic or conduct reasons, and expulsion, suspension and revocation of admission for disciplinary reasons. In accordance with UNLV policy and the U.S. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), UNLV vigorously protects the privacy of student education records. UNLV’s FERPA policy.
Potential sanctions for academic misconduct may include, but are not limited to, any one of the sanctions listed below singularly or in combination with each other:
Note: Each of the above may be agreed upon at the initial meeting.
- Academic Sanctions
- Resubmitting an assignment
- Reduction of points/letter grade for the assignment
- Dropping a class
- Reduction of points/letter grade for class
- Failing grade for assignment
- Failing grade for class
- Conduct Sanctions
- Reflection Letter of Understanding
- Skill Remediation
- Academic Integrity Seminar
- Conduct Warning or Probation
- Loss of Privileges*
- Transcript notation (approved by Dean/Academic Unit Equivalent)
- Suspension or Removal from program, school or college (approved by Dean/Academic Unit Equivalent)
- Withdrawal of credit for previously accepted course or requirement
- Revocation of a degree or certificate
- Referral to the appropriate legal authorities
*In instances where it is determined that the academic misconduct is of both an intentional and egregious nature, and the resulting academic sanction is a failing grade in the course, the student may lose the privilege of evaluating a course instructor.