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:

  • Meet1 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 chair2 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 chair2 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 business days of receiving the communication from the chair. The department chair will then schedule a meeting1 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 business 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 10 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 dean3 will review the relevant documentation, the chair’s conclusion, and the recommended sanction. If the alleged incident is a first violation of academic misconduct, the associate dean will make the final decision on the charge and 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, the director of student conduct, and the student of the their final decision and the sanction, if appropriate, within five business days of receiving the material from the department chair.

If the alleged incident is a second violation of academic misconduct, the incident and relevant documentation will be reported to the director of student conduct for evaluation via the Student Conduct Review Process, as outlined in the UNE Student Handbook.


1Meetings should be held in person whenever possible. In the event that the student is off-campus and/or unable to meet in person, videoconference, phone call, or email can serve as a substitute.

2If the course instructor is also the department chair, the associate dean will designate an alternate to serve in this role. If an assistant chair is present within the department, that individual will serve as the alternate. If the department does not have an assistant chair, the associate dean will select a department chair from another department to serve as the alternate.

3If the associate dean is the course instructor, an alternate associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences will review the case.

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