Any member or recognized group of the College community may file a report alleging a violation of College policy whenever it is believed that a behavior warrants attention of the Campus Judicial System. Reports of violations of standards of academic integrity may be filed with the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee.

Notification Process

A faculty member  who finds evidence of academic dishonesty shall take the following actions:

  1. Notify the student of the charge in writing, using the “Alleged Violation of Academic Integrity Notification” form, available under Academic Integrity: Forms and Resources.

  2. Notify the student of the time, date, and place of the initial conference, such conference to occur within a minimum of two business days notice and preferably not more than seven days. 

  3. Conduct an initial conference with the student following the guidelines under the Office of Community Standards: Notification of Charges and Initial Conference. In academic integrity cases, the faculty member serves in the capacity of the initial conference officer.

Possible Outcomes of Initial Conference

  1.  Student does not appear:

    The accused student may elect not to appear, at which time all statements contained in the specification of charges shall be considered true and accurate. The faculty member then:

    • Assigns an appropriate academic sanction as outlined in Section A: Academic Integrity of the Student Code of Conduct
    • Completes an “Academic Integrity Violation Resolution” form, available under Academic Integrity: Forms and Resources.
    • Sends one copy of the resolution form to the student; and,
    • Forwards other copies and supporting evidence, retaining copies, to the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee.
    • The faculty member may also choose to refer the case to the Academic Integrity Committee with a recommendation for additional sanctions (e.g., suspension or expulsion).

  2. Charges are dropped: 

    If, during the initial conference, in the judgment of the faculty member, the evidence does not support the allegation, he or she may elect to drop the charges.

  3. Student accepts responsibility and sanctions:

    The accused student may accept responsibility for the charges pending against him or her. He or she may waive the right to a hearing before the Academic Integrity Committee and agree to accept the sanction determined by the faculty member, who:

    • Assigns an appropriate academic sanction as outlined in Section A: Academic Integrity of the Student Code of Conduct
    • Completes the “Academic Integrity Violation Resolution” form and obtains the student’s signature on it, indicating waiver of the hearing and acceptance of the finding and the sanctions;
    • Gives one copy of the resolution form to the student, and;
    • Forwards other copies and supporting evidence, retaining copies, to the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee. 

  4. Referral to a hearing before the Academic Integrity Committee:

    If the student and the faculty member disagree on whether a violation occurred or on the appropriate sanction, the student has a right to request a hearing before the Academic Integrity Committee . The faculty member:

    • Informs the student of the intention to assign an academic sanction (e.g.: failing grade for the assignment, permanent failing grade for the course, etc.)
    • Assigns a temporary grade of Incomplete (I) until the case is resolved. In cases pending during an academic recess, the instructor may need to contact the Registrar to file an Extended Incomplete.
    • Completes and signs the “Academic Integrity Violation Resolution” form and indicates that a hearing is required.
    • Forwards it and supporting evidence, retaining copies, to the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee.

    The campus judicial officer maintains a permanent file of all forms and documents submitted. The judicial officer monitors all submissions to determine if the violation would constitute a second offense. In such cases, he or she informs the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee that a hearing is mandated.

The campus judicial officer maintains a permanent file of all forms and documents submitted. The judicial officer monitors all submissions to determine if the violation would constitute a second offense. In such cases, he or she informs the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee that a hearing is mandated.