Does the University of Connecticut have a policy regarding academic integrity and academic misconduct for undergraduate students?
Why does the University of Connecticut have a policy regarding academic integrity and academic misconduct?
- Be familiar with the University’s Academic Integrity policy.
- Be a model of integrity in your own academic behavior.
- Take action when suspicious of academic misconduct.
- Include information on academic integrity/misconduct on course syllabi.
- Discuss in-class expectations regarding research and group projects.
- Volunteer to serve as a faculty member on the University of Connecticut Academic Integrity Hearing Board, which hears academic misconduct cases.
I suspect that a student has violated the Undergraduate Academic Integrity policy. What happens next?
The Academic Integrity Hearing Board may impose additional sanctions depending on the severity of the incident or previous conduct history. Community Standards will review all academic misconduct cases as they are received to determine if a case needs to be heard by the Board to determine additional sanctions need to be considered. After receiving written notification of the academic misconduct from the instructor, Community Standards may meet with students to discuss additional sanctions to determine if an agreement about additional sanctions can be reached. If an agreement cannot be reached between a student and Community Standards, the case will be heard by the Board.
Students may appeal the hearing board’s decision on three grounds: (1) on a claim of error in the hearing procedure that substantially affects the decision; (2) on a claim of new evidence or information material to the case that was not known at the time of the hearing, and (3) to determine whether any additional sanction(s), not including academic consequences, imposed by the Board were appropriate for the violation based on the student’s conduct history and/or significance of the violation.
The letter should include the following:
- Date, course, place (or situation) and type of academic misconduct.
- Evidence being held that supports allegation.
- The academic consequence you plan to assign- (The Undergraduate Academic Integrity policy states, “The appropriate academic consequence for serious offenses is generally considered to be failure in the course. For offenses regarding small portions of the course work, failure for that portion is suggested with the requirement that the student repeat the work for no credit”.)
- Refer students to the Responsibilities of Student Life: The Student Code to read the Undergraduate Academic Integrity policy and review the hearing process
- Inform students they have five days to respond to your notification, and that they can request an Academic Integrity Hearing in writing to you.
- Inform students that the notification will be forwarded to Community Standards or Regional Campus Student Affairs office.
- Refer to Community Standards, or the Regional Campus Student Affairs Office for questions regarding the process.
I am meeting with a student to discuss an Undergraduate Academic Integrity policy violation. What should I cover in this meeting? Are there any helpful tips to follow?
- Be direct
- Explain the facts as you know them
- Do not get defensive and do not engage in an argument
- Do not “plea bargain” – stick to your standards
- Explain the process for academic misconduct. It can be found within the Responsibilities of Student Life: The Student Code
- Refer them to Undergraduate Frequently Asked questions
What are the possible academic consequences for a violation of the Undergraduate Academic Integrity policy?
* Adapted from the University of South Carolina – http://www.sc.edu/academicintegrity/facfaq.html