Resolution of Alleged Academic Integrity Violation through Integrity Panel Review (IPR)

Receipt of an AIVR by the AIC Chair triggers an IPR conducted by the Integrity Panel (IP). Information about the violation or alleged violator(s) to this point is strictly limited to the involved Course Faculty, Provost, and AIC Chair.

The 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. Members of the AIC are specified by the Faculty Senate Bylaws and any are eligible to serve on the IP for a specific case. Prospective members of the IP will honorably decline participation if conflict of interest exists. Conflict of interest includes any factor that may interfere with the ability to judge facts presented in the hearing, such as personal relationships, prior knowledge, or direct involvement in the alleged violation. The AIC Chair serves as a nonvoting facilitator of the IPR. The Provost serves as a nonvoting advisor for the IPR.

Prior to the IPR, the alleged violator may challenge the presence of any voting member on the Panel because of bias or conflict of interest. Prior contact between participants is likely in an intimate college campus setting and does not per se indicate bias or conflict of interest. The AIC Chair and Provost will determine sufficient proof of bias that may interfere with an IP member’s ability to judge the case fairly and solely on the evidence presented. If all available AIC members have a conflict of interest, the AIC Chair and Provost will appoint non-conflicted students or faculty from the College at large to serve on the IP.

An IPR will occur within 10 (ten) working days from receipt of the AIVR by the AIC Chair. A minimum of 5 (five) working days before the scheduled IPR, the AIC Chair will send a written notice to the alleged violator(s), Course Faculty, and IP members of the scheduled meeting time and place. If significant scheduling conflicts exist, this timeframe may be waived by mutual agreement of the alleged violator and Chair. The alleged violator will be allowed to continue to participate in all course activities until this procedure and the appeal process has been exhausted. However, alleged academic integrity violations in the clinical setting that pose possible concerns for patient safety may result in prohibition of participation in clinical activities pending resolution of the alleged violation as described in this procedure.

The alleged violator will be advised of student rights pursuant to this policy as stated in the student handbook and will be advised of all IPR processes by the Provost. The Provost will encourage the student to seek support and guidance from faculty advisor and the Professional Development Center. Course Faculty are encouraged to seek support and guidance from the AIC Chair regarding the Integrity Review process.

The alleged violator, Course Faculty, and members of the IP will attend the IPR. The Provost will record the IPR hearing. Course Faculty may be accompanied by a non-testifying support person. The alleged violator may be accompanied by one non-testifying BCHS student or employee as an advocate.

Course Faculty and the alleged violator have the right to be present for the entire hearing. No evidence of prior academic integrity violations committed by the student shall be permitted to be introduced as evidence by any party or otherwise be made available to the panel until after the case has been heard and a determination has been made of whether a violation occurred with the present case. The academic hearing is not open to the public. No legal representation will be present. The hearing will be recorded. Recordings will be the property of and secured by Bryan College of Health Sciences. The IP will render a decision, based solely on the evidence presented in the IPR. The IP will deliberate in private, and such deliberation will not be recorded; the IP will render its decision, upon due deliberation, on the record. The IP may request the presence of the AIC Chair during deliberation for questions of procedure, and/or the Provost for questions of due process. The IP will review the case for evidence showing that it is more likely than not that an academic integrity violation occurred, affirmed by simple majority vote of the six (6) voting members. A simple majority requires that over half the valid votes cast by the IP to determine “it is more likely than not” that an integrity violation occurred. In the event of a tie vote, a finding of “it is more likely than not” that an academic integrity violation occurred will not be determined.

  1. If the IP determines it is more likely than not an academic integrity violation occurred, the student’s records, if any, pertaining to prior academic dishonesty will be made available to the IP. If the student has prior academic integrity violations on record, the student will be allowed to address the IP regarding the evidence of prior violations at this time, prior to the IP determining the sanction and remediation plan. Subsequently, the IP will affirm or amend the sanction and remediation plan recommended by Course Faculty, by majority vote pursuant to the sanctions prescribed in the Academic Integrity Policy. For cases in which the student requested the violation be forwarded for an IPR, the IP cannot impose a harsher sanction than was originally imposed by the Course Faculty. The Provost will record the violation in the Academic Integrity Violation Database.

  2. If the IP determines it is more likely than not that an academic integrity violation did not occur, no sanction will be assigned. The Integrity Panel may refer the student to the Student Success Center as needed. The alleged violation is not recorded in the Academic Integrity Violation Database.

The AIC Chair will notify the student, Course Faculty, and Dean of the Academic Program of the IP decision in writing within 3 working days of rendering its decision on the record. In cases of a finding that an academic integrity violation occurred, the penalty shall be contained within the decision of the IP and shall be effective immediately. The letter will direct the student to meet with the Provost within two (2) working days.

The decision of the IP is final unless (1a) the sanction includes suspension or expulsion, or (1b) course failure results in dismissal from the academic program, and (2) the student appeals. In these events, the Provost will inform the student of the option to appeal using the process described below. IP findings and sanctions may not be contested using the College’s Grievance Procedure.