Does the University of Connecticut have a policy regarding academic integrity and academic misconduct?
Why does the University of Connecticut have a policy regarding academic integrity and academic misconduct?
Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Providing or receiving assistance on academic work (papers, projects, examinations) in a way that was not authorized by the instructor
- Any attempt to improperly influence (bribery, threats) any member of the faculty, staff, or administration of the University in any matter relating to academics or research
- Doing academic work for another student
- Presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors
- Situations where one student knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct, and any student doing so will be held equally accountable for the violation
In most cases, an instructor will report a student for academic misconduct when he/she believes there is enough information to demonstrate a case. When an instructor believes there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate a case of academic misconduct, he/she shall generally notify the accused student in writing and orally within five days of the discovery of the alleged misconduct. Evidence of academic misconduct can include continuing suspicious behavior during an exam when warned by the instructor to stop and academic works being submitted by two students that are remarkably similar. The instructor is responsible for saving all information on academic misconduct in its original form and does not need to return any of the material to the student. Copies of the students work and information about other evidence can be provided to the student upon request.
Yes, you can receive additional sanctions. Upon consideration of a student’s record of misconduct and/or the nature of the offense the Academic Integrity Hearing Board may impose additional sanctions. The Board should apply these sanctions in proportion to the severity of the misconduct. These sanctions may include any sanction as described in The Student Code. 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. Please know that additional sanctions do not depend on whether your case goes to the hearing level. Additional sanctions can be considered by the Board, even if your case did not originally go to a hearing.
The Academic Integrity Hearing Board, which is administered by Community Standards, is comprised of two faculty members, two students, and a nonvoting chairperson, all of whom are appointed by the Director of Community Standards. At each Regional Campus, a designee working in conjunction with Community Standards is responsible for the organization and administration of their Academic Integrity Hearing Board. Hearing procedures will be in accordance with the hearing procedures described in Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code – Appendix A. If the Board finds that the student is “Responsible”, the instructor’s academic consequence(s) shall be imposed. The Board does not have the authority to change or influence the academic consequence(s) imposed by the instructor.
If the Board finds that the student is “Not Responsible” for the alleged misconduct the Board shall not impose any sanctions and the instructor must reevaluate the student’s course grade in light of the Board’s finding.
If I did engage in academic misconduct but disagree with the academic consequence, can I still request a hearing?
The Academic Integrity Hearing Board determined that I am “Responsible”, but I don’t agree with the finding. What can I do now?
No, an appeal is not a new hearing. It is a review of the information presented in the appeal letter and the case file for the purpose of determining whether there is cause to believe that the outcome of the hearing might be flawed. 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.
I appealed the Board’s decision to the Provost or designee, but the original decision was upheld. Can I appeal to someone else?
* Adapted from the University of South Carolina