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Procedures for Resolving Violations of Academic Integrity

The Office of Student Academic Affairs (SAA) understands the importance of resolving allegations of academic misconduct quickly and that the move to a variety of instructional modes may pose challenges for students to attend face-to-face meetings. As a result, we have made changes to our academic misconduct hearing process in order to provide timely resolution and support for both students and faculty. Until further notice, meetings with SAA will take place virtually utilizing video conferencing tools and software.

Prior to the virtual meeting, the student will receive (via email) evidence of the allegation (please note in the case of exam-related allegations, we may not be able to send all evidence in order to preserve exam integrity). During the virtual meeting, the Coordinator of Academic Integrity will discuss the allegation with the student and the student will have the opportunity to respond. A member of the LSA Honor Council may also be in attendance during the meeting.

For more serious allegations of academic misconduct, SAA reserves the right to postpone the hearing until it is possible for it to take place in-person. If that is the case, the student will still receive notice of the allegation and be informed that the hearing will take place at a later time.

In the event of alleged academic misconduct, an instructor within LSA who believes academic misconduct has occurred may choose to either resolve the matter directly with the student (Instructor Resolution) or file a complaint of academic misconduct to the Office of Student Academic Affairs (SAA Resolution), who will then adjudicate the case. There are limitations on when an instructor may opt to resolve an academic misconduct case directly with a student. In instances where the sanction may result in the student(s) failing the course, the student has a previous finding of responsibility, or are suspected of falsifying/misrepresenting academic documents the SAA resolution would be more appropriate.

Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:  cheating, plagiarism, inappropriate collaboration, falsification of data, records, or documents, and aiding and abetting dishonesty. 

The complaint for any alleged instance of academic misconduct should be filed as soon as practical from the date of occurrence and must be submitted within 2 months of the date of the incident.

Materials related to a formal complaint of academic misconduct or to report a resolution by an instructor will be maintained in compliance with the privacy expectations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by the Office of Student Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Education.

Prior to a final resolution by instructor/student or the Office of Student Academic Affairs:

  • The student is presumed to not be responsible for the alleged misconduct and the student may continue to attend class and receive grades.
  • The instructor may NOT impose any penalty or require any remedial work until the case has been resolved.
  • The student may NOT change registration in the course (e.g. drop the course or change the grading option to P/F).
  • The student may not receive credit for the course in which the alleged misconduct occurred and may not graduate. If a final grade must be reported for the course while a case is pending, the instructor should report the course grade as NR (No Report). NR is a temporary, neutral grade that may be used in special circumstances where a final grade is not yet able to be reported.