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Procedural Steps in Case of Academic Misconduct

(Blugold Code)


A. Instructor observes or receives report of alleged academic misconduct by student enrolled in his/her course.

B. The instructor promptly offers to discuss the matter with the student. This offer may be oral or written (see sample). The purpose of the discussion is to permit the instructor to review with the student the basis for his/her belief that the student engaged in academic misconduct and to afford the student an opportunity to respond.

C. If the instructor, following his/her discussion with the student, determines that academic misconduct did occur, and that one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed under 14.04 (1) (a) through (h) should be imposed, the instructor must notify the student in writing (see sample)*. The instructor’s notification shall contain (1) a description of the misconduct; (2) a citation or specification of the disciplinary sanctions imposed; (3) notice of the student’s right to request a hearing before the Student Misconduct Hearing Committee. A copy of the letter should be sent to the Department Chairman and the Dean of Students Office.

D. Reports of academic misconduct by a student not enrolled in the course in which the conduct occurred (i.e. taking an exam for another student or stealing an exam, etc.) are referred directly to the Dean of Students Office (Investigating Officer). Disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for academic misconduct in accordance with procedures 14.05, 14.06, and 14.07:

(a) An oral reprimand;
(b) A written reprimand presented only to the student;
(c) An assignment to repeat the work, to be graded on its merits;
(d) A lower or failing grade on the particular assignment or test;
(e) A lower grade in the course;
(f) A failing grade in the course;
(g) Removal of the student from the course in progress;
(h) A written reprimand to be included in the student’s disciplinary file.
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