Academic Integrity Violation Policy

Academic integrity is expected in all student endeavors. The College’s Academic Integrity Violation Policy defines academic integrity and academic dishonesty, including cheating, deliberate plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification. Resolution of student violations under the Academic Integrity Policy is addressed in this procedure.

Alleged and confirmed academic integrity violations are held in strict confidence. Information regarding alleged or confirmed violations and identities of alleged violators will be shared with faculty, students, administrators, or staff on a need-to-know basis necessary to this procedure. Trends in academic integrity violations will be reported to College Committees, omitting any potentially identifying information.

All students, faculty, staff, and administrators are expected to report suspected academic integrity violations. Suspected violations should be reported directly to the involved Course Faculty; the Provost may also be contacted for assistance. Investigating and reporting alleged violations is the responsibility of the involved Course Faculty.

Academic Integrity Violation:

Course Faculty may learn of a potential academic integrity violation through direct observation, self-report by the violator, or report by a third party. Faculty are obligated to address the matter with the student.

The following steps should be completed:

  1. Document the incident by notifying the Provost via the Google Early Referral Form to ascertain whether prior violations are on record for the student in the Academic Integrity Violation Database. The Provost will notify faculty whether the student has a prior violation on record or not.
  2. Notify the student electronically using the Academic Integrity Violation Student Notification form that he or she is suspected of violating the College’s Academic Integrity Policy, identifying the specific violation or violations, and requesting the student to provide any evidence relevant to the investigation.
  3. Faculty may take 10 (ten) working days to complete an investigation. These working days include when students are on scheduled breaks and holidays.
  4. Schedule a meeting with the student. The meeting shall occur within 5 (five) working days of the conclusion of the investigation. Failure on part of the student to meet with the faculty within the designated time will result in an Integrity Panel Review (IPR). The IPR is conducted by an Integrity Panel (IP). IP is comprised of 6 voting members: 3 (three) students and 3 (three) faculty selected from the pool of AIC members by the AIC Chair and Provost or Administrative Designee. 
  • If evidence does not support an alleged violation, Course Faculty will meet with the student to discuss the potential violation, and review the academic integrity policy, college values, and course expectations. The student may be referred to the Student Success Center for further development, as needed. 
  • If a violation occurred and the student has no prior violations on record, Course Faculty have 2 options in proceeding with the alleged violation: 
    • Option One: Course Faculty will determine the sanction and remediation plan the violation warrants, pursuant to the sanctions and penalties for academic violations and complete the Academic Integrity Violation Reporting form (AIVR). Course Faculty may assign a sanction with a maximum severity of course failure. Course Faculty will meet with the student. The student will indicate on the AIVR whether he or she is (a) admitting responsibility and accepting the sanction, or (b) not admitting responsibility and/or not accepting the sanction. The student is permitted to complete and sign the AIVR the next working day. Failure to do so by the specified deadline results in an automatic referral of the case to the AIC for an Integrity Panel Review (IPR).
      • If the student admits responsibility and accepts the sanction, Course Faculty will complete the AIVR and forward all supporting documents to the Provost. Course Faculty will retain copies of all documents until course end, at which time documents are destroyed. Faculty will implement the sanction and remediation plan. The student will make an appointment with the Provost within 2 (two) working days to review the Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. The Provost will record the violation in the Academic Integrity Violation Database. The Provost retains all original documents for a minimum of 5 years after graduation or dismissal. The Provost in collaboration with the faculty will monitor the student’s progress throughout the completion of the remediation plan. The Provost may appoint an appropriate liaison to monitor the student’s progress throughout the process. Failure to complete the remediation plan may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College.
      • If the student does not admit responsibility and/or does not accept the sanction the student indicates this on the AIVR and signs the form. Faculty will complete the AIVR and forward all supporting documents to the Provost. The Provost, upon receiving completed form, will forward the AIVR and all supporting documents to the AIC chair within 2 (two) working days. This action triggers an IPR. The outcome of the IPR cannot result in a harsher sanction than was imposed by the Course Faculty.
    •  Option Two: In the event Course Faculty determines the alleged violation warrants a sanction more severe than course failure, Course Faculty will complete an AIVR and meet with the student to inform the student of this possible sanction. The student is permitted to complete and sign the AIVR the next working day. Failure to do so by the specified deadline results in an automatic referral of the case to the AIC for an Integrity Panel Review (IPR). Faculty will complete the AIVR and forward all supporting documents to the Provost. The Provost, upon receiving completed form, will forward the AIVR signed by the student and all supporting documents to the AIC Chair within 2 (two) working days after meeting with the student. Receipt of these documents will trigger an IPR.
  • If the student has a prior violation on record, the Provost will contact Course Faculty. Course Faculty will complete the AIVR with recommended sanctions and remediation plan. Course Faculty will meet with the student to review the sanctions and plan. Course Faculty will inform the student that the previous violation requires an IPR of the current violation. The student is permitted to complete and sign the AIVR the next working day. Failure to do so by the specified deadline results in an automatic referral of the case to the AIC for an Integrity Panel Review (IPR). Faculty will complete the AIVR and forward all supporting documents to the Provost. The Provost will forward the original AIVR and all supporting documents to the AIC chair within 2 (two) working days after meeting with the student.