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Procedures for Handling Cases of Alleged Infractions of Academic Honesty

In the case of a student's first or second alleged infraction of the academic honesty policy, every effort should be made to resolve the matter directly between the faculty member/supervisor and student. The faculty member/supervisor will confront the student with the allegation of dishonesty and take appropriate action. Appropriate penalties for a first infraction range from re-submission of the work in question to failing the course. Appropriate penalties for a second infraction range from failing the work in question to failing the course. If, however, a faculty member feels that the severity of the alleged infraction warrants dismissal from the college prior to the third offense, the faculty member may request a hearing. If, in the hearing, the student is found guilty of the infraction, the Dean of Students will determine if dismissal is appropriate or if a lesser penalty should be imposed.

If the student and faculty member cannot agree as to whether the student is responsible for a violation of the academic honesty policy, either may request a hearing on the matter. The Dean of Students will convene a hearing body, which shall consist of the Dean of Students and two faculty members, one from a department other than that of the department of the involved faculty member/supervisor. If the student is found responsible for the violation by the hearing body, the involved faculty member will take appropriate action. The penalty after the hearing will be the same as that offered to the student prior to the request for hearing except in cases where dismissal is being considered.

In the case of the third alleged infraction of the academic honesty policy, the involved faculty member will forward all evidence and appropriate documentation of the alleged infraction to the Dean of Students, who will convene a hearing as indicated above. If the student is found responsible for a third violation of the academic honesty policy, the Dean shall, in consultation with the involved faculty member, impose a penalty of dismissal from the University.

Students have the right to appeal the decisions of the hearing body on first and second infractions to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Appeals for decisions on third infractions will be made to the President of the University.

Note: Notification of the alleged infraction must be submitted to the Dean of Students within a week of the infraction. Upon resolution of the infraction, all documentation regarding the academic honesty policy violation will be maintained by the Dean

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