7.10 Nondisciplinary Procedures for Academic Misconduct

A faculty member possesses the well-established prerogative to deal with academic misconduct committed by a student in a course by applying an academic penalty within the context of that course. Because such conduct also constitutes a violation of the University’s disciplinary rules as stated in this Code, it is appropriate to state the manner in which the disciplinary and nondisciplinary processes shall interrelate in such a case.

  1. Non-disciplinary Treatment

    1. Conference Held. If a faculty member has information indicating that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member shall hold an informal conference with the student. At this conference the student shall be presented with the information and given an opportunity to explain or rebut it by any reasonable means.

    2. Academic Misconduct Indicated. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved (such as by exoneration of the student) by means of the informal conference, the following procedures shall apply:

      1. Imposition of Academic Sanction. The faculty member may impose one or more academic sanctions appropriate to the circumstances, such as requiring a revision of the assignment in question or completion of a new assignment, giving an oral or written reprimand, awarding an F for the graded work or for the entire course, etc.

      2. Review – Grievance Process. The student shall have the right to seek review of this action by utilizing the normal grievance process (see Section 6.13).

      3. Notice to Dean of Students. The faculty member shall give written notice of the incident to the Dean of Students. The notice shall state the name of the student, the nature of the academic misconduct that occurred, and the academic sanction imposed.

      4. Disciplinary Record Entry. The faculty member’s notice to the Dean of Students shall be placed in the student’s disciplinary record. It may accordingly be considered in any subsequent disciplinary case in which disclosure of the contents of the disciplinary record is authorized under this Code.

  2. Disciplinary Treatment

    1. Faculty Member Referral. The faculty member may, in addition or as an alternative to application of academic sanctions, elect to have the matter handled within the disciplinary system by filing a complaint against the student, as provided in Section 7.3.

    2. Other Referral. Upon receiving two or more notices from faculty concerning instances of academic misconduct by the same student, the Dean of Students may have a complaint filed in the name of the University against the student for any such instances of misconduct.

    3. Finding of No Misconduct. A dismissal or finding of no misconduct in the disciplinary processing of such a complaint shall not require the removal of the academic sanction imposed earlier by the faculty member. However, the student shall have the right to request a review of the academic sanction by means of the grievance process, whether previously utilized as to the incident or not. The outcome of the disciplinary proceeding may be asserted as an arguably persuasive consideration in the grievance process.