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I am working on an assignment, and I am unsure whether or not my actions could be seen as a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.  How do I know what actions could be considered dishonest?

The document Violations of Academic Integrity provides an overview of common violations, and as that document states, “The ultimate authorities on what is permissible in a given course are a professor and his or her syllabus and other course documents….”

I have knowledge of a potential violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.  What should I do?

You should contact Dr. Jennifer Palmgren in Academic Affairs to report the suspected violation.  You may consult with the Chief Academic Integrity Officer, Dr. Keith Pecor, or any other faculty member prior to reporting the suspected violation.

I am suspected of violating the Academic Integrity Policy.  What happens now?

You will be contacted by an Academic Integrity Officer (AIO).  The AIO will meet with you and will elect to either adjudicate your case or refer your case to the All-College Academic Integrity Board based on the severity of the suspected violation and/or any prior violations of the Academic Integrity Policy.

If I am found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, what are the possible consequences?

As described in section IX of the Academic Integrity Procedural Standards, sanctions for violations range from loss of privilege to expulsion, based on the severity of the suspected violation and any prior violations of the Policy.

If I am found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, can I appeal the decision?

The timeline, grounds, and format for appeals are described in section VII of the Academic Integrity Procedural Standards.

Is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy made public?

For violations that result in a sanction less severe than an F for a course, the violation and sanction are not made public or reported to third parties (e.g., graduate schools) that inquire about academic integrity violations.  Effective Fall 2015, violations that result in a sanction of an F for a course will have the F noted on a student’s transcript as having been assigned due to a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.  Violations that result in a sanction of an F for a course and/or a more severe penalty (i.e., suspension, expulsion) are reported, with the student’s permission, to third parties that inquire about academic integrity violations.  See section X of the Academic Integrity Procedural Standards for more information.

I was found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. Is that record permanent?

Student disciplinary records may be administratively deleted upon approval by the Provost. When a record is administratively deleted, the information it contains is no longer part of an official academic integrity record. Statistical information from deleted files may be retained with the student’s name and student identification number removed. Administrative deletion affects only information maintained by the AIA in the Office of Academic Affairs. Copies of letters distributed to other College departments, incident reports, police reports, and the results of previous background checks reported outside of the Office of Academic Affairs are not affected by an administrative deletion. Petitions for an administrative deletion may be made no sooner than one year after the date of the student’s last finding of responsibility from the academic integrity process and must be submitted in writing to the Provost using the standardized form available here. Administrative deletion may not be granted for conduct that resulted in suspension or expulsion from the College. These offenses are retained indefinitely.