- When an academically dishonest event is discovered, it is the faculty member’s responsibility to determine the appropriate course of action, the associated academic penalty, and to inform the student in a timely fashion of the academic dishonesty allegation. Academic penalties are imposed by the faculty member and include penalties such as: i) Resubmission of an alternative assignment or test; ii) F on the assignment/test; iii) F for the course grade; The severity of academic penalty is commensurate with the academically dishonest event. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to determine the academic penalty and if an informal or a formal course of action is required.
- In cases where an academically dishonest event is deemed inadvertent or inconsequential, the faculty member may choose to resolve the academically dishonest event informally with the student. The informal discourse between the faculty member and the student should address the seriousness in how the College of Business views academic dishonesty, inform the student that it is their responsibility to know what constitutes academic dishonesty, and inform the student that any future academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Academic penalties in this case should not have a material impact on the student’s final grade in the class.
- In cases where an academically dishonest event requires a material academic penalty, such as assigning an F for a major assignment/test, the faculty member may resolve the matter directly with the student. In this case within a timely and reasonable period, the faculty member must inform the student of the academic dishonesty allegation and present to the student a letter stating the allegation, documenting any associated evidence, and detailing the academic penalty. The faculty member must inform the student that the letter will be placed on permanent file in the College of Business Dean’s Office, and that any subsequent academic dishonesty will likely result in administrative penalties, (see 4f). If the student agrees to the terms of the letter as evidenced by the student’s signature on the letter, the faculty member shall forward a copy of the letter to the Department Chair. The Department Chair shall deliver the letter to the Dean’s Office and review the academic dishonesty file to determine if the student has committed any previous acts that may require further administrative penalties. The Department Chair shall report to the Dean of the College of Business if further action is needed.
- When procedures outlined in paragraph 3 are inappropriate, insufficient or unacceptable to either the faculty member or the student the following formal procedures provide due process.a) Except under extraordinary circumstances, within ten school days of informing the student of the alleged academic dishonesty event, the faculty member will prepare a written statement that describes and documents the academic dishonesty allegation. The statement must include all supporting evidence, and the faculty member’s recommended academic penalties. The faculty member’s statement is to be submitted to the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, (hereafter referred to as Chair).b) Except under extraordinary circumstances, within fifteen school days of receiving the faculty member’s statement, the Chair will provide to the student through registered mail a letter detailing the academic dishonesty allegation. This correspondence will include notice that a hearing to investigate the academic dishonesty allegation is to be scheduled at the earliest possible convenience for all persons involved.c) The hearing will be organized and administered by the Chair. The Chair will appoint a hearing committee, which will consist of the Chair plus two College of Business faculty members that are currently serving on the Undergraduate Studies Committee.d) The student may be assisted at the hearing by an academic student advisor of his/her choosing. A request for student advisor assistance must be made through written communication to the Chair.The student may waive the right to the hearing by admitting to the charge of academic dishonesty in a signed written statement delivered to the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee prior to the date of the hearing.e) At the hearing, the faculty member and the student will each be provided an opportunity to present oral testimony, written evidence, and any other evidence. The burden of establishing the student’s guilt is the responsibility of the faculty member making the allegation.
f) Except under extraordinary circumstances, within fifteen school days of the hearing, the hearing committee will render a decision on the academic dishonesty allegation and produce a written report of its findings. The Chair will notify the student and faculty member in writing of the hearing committee’s findings. If the student is found to be guilty of the allegation, academic penalties will be imposed, and if appropriate, administrative penalties will be recommended. The hearing committee’s decisions on academic penalties are final. All guilty findings will be placed on file under academic dishonesty events with the College of Business Dean’s Office. In the case of a guilty finding the Chair will review the file of academic dishonesty events to determine if this is a first or a repeat offense. A repeat offense will likely result in a recommendation for administrative penalties. Administrative penalties in the case of suspension or expulsion from the College of Business are imposed by the Dean of the College of Business, or by the Provost in the case of suspension or expulsion from the University.
g) In the case of recommended administrative penalties, the Dean of the College of Business shall review the hearing committee’s report and issue a decision regarding imposing College of Business administrative penalties and whether any University-wide penalties will be recommended to the Provost. Except under extraordinary circumstances, within 15 school days of receiving the hearing committee’s report, the Dean of the College of Business shall notify the student, the faculty member originating the academic dishonesty allegation, and the Chair of the hearing committee of its decision. The Dean of the College of Business shall forward any recommended University-wide penalties to the Provost.
h) If the student fails to appear before the hearing committee, the hearing will be held in the student’s absence and a final decision rendered. If the faculty member making the allegation of academic dishonesty fails to appear, the charges will be dropped. Unforeseen and uncontrollable events that prevent an individual’s appearance at the hearing will be considered prior to making a final decision.
i) In the case where multiple students are involved with the academic dishonesty allegation, each student will be dealt with individually, but the composition of the hearing committee will remain the same for all students involved with the alleged event.j) Any student who believes the processing or final disposition of a charge of academic dishonesty was unfair may initiate a grievance under the Academic Grievance Procedure as defined in the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Undergraduate Catalog.
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