Policies and Procedures
I’m Reporting an Academic Integrity Incident
Discuss with the student the allegation
Submit the Incident Report
Instructor Discussion with the student:The instructor and student meet face-to-face as soon as possible to discuss the apparent violation of the AI policy. In this, the instructor presents the student with the allegation of academic dishonesty and any evidence supporting that allegation. The professor informs the student of intended sanction consistent with those specified in the course syllabus.
If, after this meeting, the instructor believes that no violation had occurred, the allegation(s) will be dropped. The case ends here.
Student admits the incident and accepts responsibility and the professor’s sanction, or the student can submit an appeal to the Department Head.
If the instructor still believes that the AI policy has been violated by the student, they must complete the Incident Report. Once the Incident Report is submitted, the student, the professor, and the AI Chair will receive a summary of the incident and the intended sanction. N-reporting form (available on the Academic Integrity website) which provides the student with a written summary of the alleged incident and the intended sanction(s). Copies are sent to the instructor’s Department Head, the AIC Chair, and the Office of the Provost to be maintained as part of AIC records.
The student has one week five academic days from the receipt of the emailed notification to complete the Student Appeal to the Department Head form and schedule a meeting to appeal the sanction to the Department Head is letter (form) in which to notify the Department Head if he/she plans to appeal the instructor’s accusation/sanction.
When a report of academic dishonesty is filed with the AIC, the student will receive another letter, copied to the instructor and the Department Head. This letter will verify that a report has been received from the instructor and indicate how it will be used, affirm the confidentiality of the report, reiterate the student’s right to appeal, and recommend that the student review the university’s AI policy. [GO TO #3]
If a student chooses not to appeal the professor’s sanction, the record of the incident is maintained and the sanction selected by the professor are recorded. No appeal to the Department Head: Records are maintained, and the sanction(s) indicated by the instructor is(are) enforced. [STOP]
3B. Appeal to Department Head: Upon receipt of the student’s written appeal, the Department Head will meet separately with the student and the instructor. The Department Head must notify the instructor and the student in writing of his/her decision, and must inform the instructor and the student that either may appeal the Department Head’s decision (in writing) to the AIC Chair within fifteen (15) academic days (days when classes are in session) from the date of the Department Head’s letter. The Department Head must send a detailed report of his/her decision along with pertinent documents to the AIC Chair and the Office of the Provost. [GO TO #4]
4A. No appeal to the Academic Integrity Council: Records are maintained, and the sanction(s) indicated by the instructor is(are) enforced. [STOP]
4B. Appeal to the Academic Integrity Council: The Chair of the AIC will assemble a five-member panel of faculty and student members of the Council to hear the appeal, and will notify the student, the instructor, and the Department Head in writing fifteen (15) academic days prior to the proceeding (whenever possible). An Academic Integrity Proceeding is an academic process unique to a community of scholars and is not modeled on criminal or civil legal proceedings; however, a student against whom an allegation has been lodged may be accompanied by an advisor (with prior approval from the AIC Chair). The advisor may be an attorney, but does not address the panel. [STOP]
*Special Case: Student Not Associated With Enrollment in a Course: Any incident of alleged academic dishonesty by a student not enrolled in a particular course should be reported directly to the Academic Integrity Council (AIC) Chair. [GO TO #4]
- No grade-related sanction may be imposed until a student admits misconduct and/or forgoes appeal rights, or is found in violation after a formal proceeding. The student must be allowed to continue attending the class and completing assignments in which dishonesty has been alleged until the right of appeal has been exhausted. The Office of Academic Integrity will be sending out correspondence throughout the process.
- If an academic integrity matter has occurred at the end of the semester, the professor must assign an Incomplete (I) in the course until the matter is resolved. The AI Office will send a reminder.
- A student cannot avoid a failing grade by dropping the course. The instructor can impose a sanction of “F” or “XF” even if the student drops the class, including drops that occur prior to the no-penalty drop deadline. (See below for further information on this process.)
Reporting academic dishonesty
Anyone who has witnessed an apparent act of student academic dishonesty, or has information that reasonably leads to the conclusion that such an act has occurred or has been attempted, is strongly encouraged to report said act. Acts of apparent academic dishonesty that occur in the classroom may be reported directly to the course instructor, the instructor’s Department Head, and/or the instructor’s College Dean. Incidences of apparent academic dishonesty may also be reported directly to the Academic Integrity Council by contacting the Chair of the Council at 417-836-5169. Anonymous reports will not be accepted, but the identity of any person reporting a suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be held in strict confidence.
Academic Integrity records
Academic Integrity records are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and our Policy Regarding Personally Identifiable student Records. Academic Integrity records are maintained in the Office of the Provost.
Assigning the “XF” grade
To assign a grade of “XF,” the instructor must send a memo stating the intention to assign an “XF” grade to the AIC Chair, and the Office of the Provost with a copy to the Department Head. A memo must also be sent if the instructor wishes to assign an “F” grade to a student who dropped the class before the no-penalty deadline. The Office of the Provost will then notify the Records Office. A grade of “XF” cannot be assigned via the online grade submission process.
“XF” grades can be appealed after at least 12 months. A student may petition to the AIC to have the “XF” removed from the transcript and replaced with a grade of “F.” The decision to remove the grade of “XF” and replace it with an “F” shall rest in the discretion and judgment of a majority of the entire AIC, which will undertake a review of the records in the case, and may include additional requirements before granting the petition.
Revoking a grade?????
The instructor must send written notification to the AIC, and the Office of the Provost, with a copy to the instructor’s Department Head and Dean if they discover an incident of academic dishonesty after final grades have been submittedhave been assigned and wishes to retroactively impose an “F” or “XF” grade for the course as a sanction, and in the case of a Graduate student, with a copy to the Dean of the Graduate College. This written notice must be received by the AIC within five (5) calendar years. However, alleged academic dishonesty may be reported to the AIC regardless of how much time has passed since the alleged act.
Revoking a degree
If retroactively failing a class due to academic dishonesty means that a graduated student no longer has met the requirements of the degree, the university may revoke said degree. Email the Academic Integrity Council for more information or refer to the policy.