Academic Policies

Procedure for reporting and review of alleged academic dishonesty in the College of Arts and Sciences

A course instructor who believes a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall:

  • Meet with and notify the student of the suspicion of academic dishonesty.
  • Report the alleged incident to both his or her department chair and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean’s Office.
  • Provide the department chair with a written account of the incident, including all relevant documentation.

The instructor may include a recommendation for the appropriate sanction (the minimum sanction is a failing grade on the assignment in question).

The department chair shall confer with the CAS Dean’s Office to determine if the student is a repeat offender, review the material provided by the instructor, and notify the accused student in writing or email of the charge of academic dishonesty. The student must reply within five days of receiving the communication from the chair. The department chair will then schedule a meeting with the accused student to discuss the charge. 

After reviewing the documentation and meeting with the student, the department chair will provide: 

  • All relevant documentation.
  • A description of his or her decision on the veracity of the charge. 
  • If necessary, a recommendation of an appropriate sanction to the CAS Dean’s Office within five days of meeting with the student.

If the student does not reply to the chair’s request for a meeting, then the chair will proceed without input from the student within ten days of receiving the material from the course instructor. 

If the department chair concludes that the student has not committed an act of dishonesty, he or she must:

  • Meet with the course instructor to determine an appropriate course of action.
  • Forward the appropriate documentation to the CAS Dean’s Office. 
  • Inform the student and course instructor of the department chair’s decision.

If the department chair concludes that the student has committed an act of dishonesty, the Associate Dean will review the relevant documentation, the chair’s conclusion, and the recommended sanction. If the Associate Dean disagrees with the conclusion and/or the recommended sanction, the Associate Dean will meet with the department chair to determine an appropriate course of action. The Associate Dean will then notify in writing the department chair, the faculty member, and the student of the Associate Dean’s final decision and the sanction, if appropriate, within five days of receiving the material from the department chair.