Academic Misconduct Procedures for Instructors

Instructor believes a student has violated the Academic Integrity in Undergraduate Education and Research Policy….

  1. Gather evidence to support your allegation. Retain the evidence in its original form. You do not need to return any of the original papers or other materials to the student. Student can request copies.
  2. Meet with the student to explain your allegation of academic misconduct. You can also utilize this meeting to gather additional information, explain next steps and your imposed academic consequence, and to discuss strategies to avoid academic misconduct in the future. This meeting is not mandatory but it is encouraged.
  3. Notify the student in writing of the allegation and inform them of their rights to contest the allegation and to an Academic Integrity Hearing. The student has five business days from receipt of the notification to request a hearing. Written notification should include:
  • Date, course, place (or situation) and type of academic misconduct
  • Evidence collected that supports the allegation
  • Academic consequence to be imposed and the date that it will go into effect
  • Date by which student may contest allegation and request a hearing (five days from receipt of written notification). The student must submit request in writing to the instructor. A copy of the request should be provided by the instructor to Community Standards by emailing:
  • Refer student to Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code to review the Academic Integrity hearing process
  • Notify students that notification will be forwarded to Community Standards or the Regional Campus Student Affairs Office
  • Refer to Community Standards (phone: 860-486-8402; email: or Regional Student Affairs Office for questions on process

*See sample notification

  1. Complete the reporting form to notify Community Standards about the academic misconduct. Attach your notification to the student to the referral form.

If the student requests a hearing…

  1. Forward the student’s request to Community Standards ( or Regional Student Affairs Office.
  2. If a resolution will not occur until after grading period, enter “I”.
  3. Community Standards will set up a date, time, and place for an Academic Integrity Hearing and will give written notification to you and the student.
  4. Attend hearing. Your role in the hearing will include: Presentation of the facts; Academic Integrity Hearing Board members and accused student will have the opportunity to ask you questions; You will have the opportunity to ask the accused student questions; Make a final comment.
  5. The Academic Integrity Hearing Board will make a determination of responsibility. If there is a finding of “not responsible” you will be asked to reevaluate the student’s course grade in light of the Board’s finding. If there is a finding of “responsible” your academic consequence will be imposed.
  6. Your role in the process is complete.

Student’s Rights:

  • Contest allegations of academic misconduct
  • Be heard
  • Be advised of all evidence collected by the instructor and witnesses
  • Submit evidence and bring forth witnesses with direct knowledge of case
  • Decline or refuse to respond to questioning or to make a statement
  • Be free of the assumption of “responsible” because of declining or refusing to speak
  • Decline to appear at the hearing, which will be heard in the student’s absence
  • Bring a person of support to the hearing
  • Be allowed to admit responsibility for all allegations