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CONDUCT INFORMATION FOR FACULTY

Academic Misconduct

When a faculty member wishes to file a complaint of alleged academic dishonesty with the Office of the Dean of Students, there are generally two options available for adjudication:

Academic Liaison Process
For cases involving academic misconduct, the complainant may choose to submit the case to the Academic Liaison process. This process is structured where the student is called in to discuss the case, and they are presented with the complainant's suggested sanction. The student will then choose to accept or decline the sanction. If the student declines, the complainant can withdraw their complaint or resubmit the case to the formal conduct process for a possible hearing. If the student accepts, the matter is resolved without a hearing and all elements of the formal process (i.e. conduct record) still apply.

This option is only available for students who do not have a prior conduct record. Additionally, this process does not address cases where sanctions beyond probation are or may be warranted. Please contact our office for more information.

Formal Academic Process
The complainant may also elect to pursue the formal academic process, in which a Referral Committee will conduct a preliminary review of the incident report and all supporting documents. . Neither the complainant nor the student are present for the review, but the student is given an opportunity to submit a written statement.

The Referral Committee will determine whether the evidence warrants forwarding the matter as a formal conduct case. If the matter is forwarded to a hearing, both the complainant and the student participate by presenting their case, and answering questions from, members of the hearing panel. Hearing panels are comprised of faculty, staff, and student representatives. Additionally, hearing panels are responsible for determining if the student is responsible for the charge(s) and when a student is found responsible, the panel will determine the appropriate sanctions.

Students found responsible for misconduct will have an opportunity to appeal. Once the appeals process has been exhausted, the outcome of the student conduct case becomes final.

To submit a complaint, please complete an Incident Report Form

Guidelines for Academic Integrity
FAQ on Avoiding Plagiarism

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Behavioral Misconduct

When a behavioral complaint is filed against a student, the Office of the Dean of Students will review the information and determine if the evidence warrants one of the following two options:

Administrative Action
Administrative Action will only be considered for minor violations of the Student Disciplinary Policy. This process requires both the complainant and the student to present their case in a meeting with the Dean of Students (or an appropriate designee). The outcome of the meeting will be a determination of responsibility and if appropriate, sanctioning.

Formal Hearing
If a case is sent to a formal hearing, both the complainant and the student will be expected to present their case to a hearing panel. Hearing panels will include faculty, staff and/or student representatives. The outcome of a hearing will be a determination of responsibility and if appropriate, sanctioning. Students have the right to appeal their hearing outcome if they are found responsible. Once the appeals process has been exhausted, hearing panel decisions are considered final.

To submit a complaint, please complete an Incident Report Form

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