All proceedings concerned with academic dishonesty against a student are confidential to the extent permitted by applicable laws.
I. A faculty member, a student or a representative of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may bring charges of academic dishonesty against a student.
- A faculty member who has evidence suggesting that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty should:
- Confront the student with the evidence. This meeting is best held in the faculty member's office and should take place within five (5) working days of the discovery of alleged academic ethics violation. The instructor may want to request the presence of the department chair at this meeting.
- Determine appropriate consequences. These consequences may include a failing or zero grade on the assignment in question or a failing grade in the course. If the faculty member feels that issuance of a failing grade is an insufficient penalty, the faculty member may request additional consequences by requesting a formal hearing from the Academic Ethics Committee (AEC).
- If any penalty beyond a warning is imposed, inform the student in writing using the official AEC form letter. Forward an electronic copy to the department chair, the CLAS associate dean, and the Advising Office staff liaison to the AEC. Use of this letter is critical, both to inform the student of his/her rights of appeal and for keeping record of ethics charges in order to identify repeat offenders within the college.
- A student who has evidence suggesting that another student is guilty of academic dishonesty should inform the instructor of the course and/or the associate dean of CLAS in writing and in as much detail as possible. The associate dean will then forward this information to the AEC. The instructor will proceed as described in 1a. above. If the student bringing the charge is unsatisfied with the result of the instructor's actions, then s/he may request a hearing by the AEC by notifying the associate dean of CLAS.
- A representative of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may bring charges of academic dishonesty against a student when there is evidence that the student was guilty of academic dishonesty in more than one course and involving more than one instructor. The chair of the committee will be informed and will take the necessary steps to inform the parties involved and will initiate the hearing.
II. The Academic Ethics Committee will convene a hearing when
- an accused student denies the charge of academic dishonesty brought against her/him;
- an accused student admits to the ethics violation but disputes the penalty imposed by the instructor;
- a faculty member requests a hearing of a particular case because s/he feels that a failing grade in the course is insufficient penalty for a particular ethics violation;
- a student who brings charges of academic dishonesty against another student is unsatisfied with the outcome of the instructor's actions;
- there is evidence that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty in more than one course, involving more than one instructor.
The AEC hearing should occur within two weeks of the request for a hearing unless all the parties agree to a later date. Within one week, the AEC will inform all parties (in writing by certified mail sent to the address on record) involved in the case of the following:
- The specific charges brought;
- The time and place to appear before the AEC for a hearing and a description of the hearing process (Detailed Description of Academic Ethics Hearing Process);
- The student's rights regarding the hearing and appeals process (Description of Student Rights).
III. The hearing before the AEC is described in detail (Detailed Description of the Academic Ethics Hearing Process) and shall consist of four parts:
- The presentation of the evidence by the faculty member (or other) bringing the charge of violation of academic ethics. This may include statements made either verbally or in writing by others involved in the case.
- The defense of the student. This may also include verbal or written statements by parties involved in the case.
- Discussion and questions by the AEC members to the faculty member(s), student and others involved in the case.
- The discussion of the case by the AEC, formulation of a decision and voting on the forwarding of this decision to the Dean.
- The student, faculty member and others involved in the case shall be present for the first three parts of the hearing, if they choose to attend. The final part (discussion and voting) shall take place in the presence of only the AEC members, and no new evidence may be introduced at this time. If the student has been notified, in writing, of the hearing and chooses not to attend, the hearing may proceed without his/her presence.
IV. All parties to the case shall be verbally notified of the AEC's decision within 24 hours (one working day). The Chair of the AEC then forwards (within three days) its confidential written decision to the Dean, the student and the faculty member(s) involved. This decision will be based on the majority vote of all members of the AEC in attendance. Those members of the AEC who do not concur with the majority opinion may append a minority opinion to the decision.
A. Decisions may include the following:
- Elimination of all charges brought against the student.
- Reducing the penalty imposed upon the student by the faculty member.
- Upholding the penalty imposed upon the student by the faculty member.
- Increasing the penalty imposed upon the student by the faculty member.
V. Upon receiving theAEC's decision, the student charged and/or the faculty who brought the charge will have ten days to appeal the decision to the Dean.