Although academic dishonesty can feel like a personal affront to instructors, it typically is not. There are several common reasons students cheat, including stress, poor time management and fear of failure. Do your best not to take it personally and to truly engage in a conversation with the student.
UB’s procedures are based on a standard of “preponderance,” meaning “more likely than not.” Instructors do not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that dishonesty has occurred, just that it is more likely than not.
Within 10 academic days of the meeting, send a letter (through UB email) to the student that details the charge and the sanction. The letter should also refer them to the academic integrity policy and note their right to appeal. Be sure to review our template sanction letters for guidance.