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Academic Integrity Procedure and Appeal

  1. When a faculty member suspects academic dishonesty, the faculty member may either choose to meet with the student to discuss the concerns or move directly to completing the Academic Dishonesty Form. For minor or inadvertent violations, the faculty member may choose to informally correct the student's conduct.
  2. If, after meeting with the student, the faculty member concludes that the student engaged in academic dishonesty or in cases where the faculty member chooses to move directly to the formal process, the faculty member will complete the Academic Dishonesty Form and submit it to the academic dean. The academic dean will consult with the system vice president of academic administration and regulatory affairs to determine the appropriate penalty, taking into consideration any prior incidents of academic dishonesty.
  3. A first act of dishonesty must result in a failing grade for the test, assignment or project. If a second act occurs at the university, regardless of the course or campus, the penalty will be a failing grade for the course. A third act of academic dishonesty on the part of a particular student (or conduct that is especially egregious despite whether a first or subsequent act of dishonesty occurred), may result in temporary or permanent suspension from the university.
  4. After the Academic Dishonesty Form has been completed, the student will be provided a copy of the form and must choose one of the following options:
    1. Accept responsibility and consent to the penalty. If the student chooses to accept responsibility for the violation and consents to the penalty, the student must sign the Academic Dishonesty Form and submit it to the academic dean for the campus within 72 hours from the student's receipt of the Academic Dishonesty Form. The dean will provide a copy of the form to the system vice president of academic administration and regulatory affairs, and the form will be kept in the student's permanent academic file.
    2. Request review by the academic standards committee. If the student chooses to contest the determination of academic dishonesty or the penalty, the student must sign the Request for Review section of the form and submit it to the academic dean for the campus within 72 hours from the student's receipt of the Academic Dishonesty Form. The dean will provide a copy of the form to the system vice president of academic administration and regulatory affairs, and the form will be kept in the student's permanent academic file. If the student does not sign and return the Academic Dishonesty Form by the deadline, the determination and penalty will be final.
  5. The academic integrity committee consists of three members selected by the system vice president of academic administration and regulatory affairs from the list of individuals below:

    Campus Deans

    System Director of Curriculum

    Dean of the Graduate School

    Associate Provost

    System Program Chairs

    Dean of the School of Nursing