The steps a student should follow if charged with a violation are defined in the undergraduate policy and procedures or the graduate policy and procedures. However, students may wish to also consult with the Student Conduct and Advocacy office for clarification or questions regarding this process. If a student chooses to appeal a decision or sanction, the following guidelines are recommended:
All appeals must be filed within 10 academic days (this includes all days that classes are in session during the fall and spring terms, but not exam days, summer, or winter terms). Be sure to send your appeal within 10 academic days; typically, this deadline date will be listed on the letter sent by the Office of Academic Integrity.
Matters for consideration include the following questions relevant to your case:
You will get an automated reply as well as an email from the Office of Academic Integrity acknowledging receipt of your appeal. Your case and all related evidence will be carefully reviewed, and you will be notified within 10 academic days of the status of your appeal.
Your case will be reviewed very carefully by the Office of Academic Integrity. If there is reason to grant a hearing, one will be scheduled. If not, the appeal will be denied, and the instructor’s sanction will stand.
No, you should continue taking classes while your violation is being processed.
If you accept the penalty of a Failure in the Course, you may stop attending.
However, if you are planning to appeal, you should continue attending, turn in all work, and take all quizzes/exams. Should you win your appeal, you would need all grades and assignments to be turned in. Do not stop going to classes if you are appealing.
Hearings offer both the student and the instructor the opportunity to present their side of the case, including any evidence they may have. Hearings do not follow traditional rules of law, but instead follow the preponderance of the evidence. This concept implies that the evidence weighs more heavily on one side or the other; it is the committee’s responsibility to see where the preponderance of the evidence lies.
Faculty and students volunteer and/or are nominated to serve on adjudication hearing committees. Each committee must have a minimum of two faculty members and two student members (graduate or undergraduate, depending on the student involved in the case).
Students and instructors are allowed to bring an advisor with them to the hearing, but the advisor may not be an attorney. The advisor is not allowed to speak directly to the committee. Their role will be to advise the student on questions to ask, evidence that may be relevant, etc.
Students have the right to appeal either their finding of responsibility and/or the sanction applied by their instructor (please see our how to appeal page for more information). To do so, students should fill out the Academic Dishonesty Appeal Form. For an appeal to be compelling, it should be a rational explanation and not be based on emotion. The Office of Academic Integrity can only consider the facts of the case.
Instructors do not have to prove that cheating happened “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Rather, the standard is “preponderance of the evidence” or “more likely than not.” In reviewing appeals, the Office of Academic Integrity examines all evidence to see if preponderance falls with the instructor or the student.