The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities has created the following suggested guidance to assist in conversations regarding academic integrity.
- Outline class expectations on academic integrity in the course syllabus and remind students of these expectations throughout the course.
- Provide clear directions on exams and assignments about which resources are permitted and which are prohibited.
- Clarify the type/style of citation standards.
- Give students opportunities to seek and receive clarification about expectations.
- Review the Code of Academic Integrity if you suspect academic dishonesty.
- Identify applicable violation(s) and collect information associated with the alleged violation(s) (documents, papers, emails, etc.).
- Write a charge of academic dishonesty form and propose a sanction consistent with the nature of the violation.
- Share the concerns and evidence with the student and give them a chance to respond. Discuss the alleged violation(s) and the proposed sanction(s) in a constructive conversation about the importance of academic integrity within the classroom.
- Refer the student to our office so that they can understand their rights in the process.
- Allow the student time to consider a course of action, typically three business days.
- Prepare for the conversation:
- Be clear about identifying the behavior.
- Be compassionate about the student’s experience because they may be feeling significant stress.
- Be candid about your interpretations and your feelings about the incident.
- What You Can Say
- Begin your intervention with a statement. For example, “I have concerns about a recent assignment and would like to have a conversation with you about it.”
- Start the conversation with a question. For example, “What was your process for completing the assignment?”
- Express your concerns about the assignment after listening to the student’s story and give the student a chance to respond to those concerns. For example, “I am concerned because the information I have suggests that you may have cheated. Is that an accurate assessment? Why or why not?”
- Tell the student what you plan to do next, which could include considering the matter further or reporting the incident.
- Provide the student with resources regarding the Academic Integrity Process and the contact information for our office.
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