Academics

Academic Dishonesty Process

General Information:
The Academic Review Board (ARB) handles all academic dishonesty cases. Fred Rabinowitz, Associate Dean, is the facilitator for the College of Arts and Sciences, but he does not determine the accused student’s is guilty or innocent. His role is to explain the process of events and options to the student and answer questions that a faculty member might have regarding the case. If the dishonesty act is the student’s first offense, the faculty member should talk to the student and decide on a sanction. This decision may be based on the severity of the offense, departmental policy, or the contextual circumstances under which the offense occurred. The faculty member is free to discuss his or her decision with the facilitator, but it will be up to the individual faculty member to decide on a sanction. If it is the student’s second offense, then the faculty member should let the student know that he or she does not have a say in the sanctioning. The sanction will be decided by an ARB hearing.
Specific information on the University’s Academic Honesty Policy and the Dishonesty Process can be found in the University Catalog.

Faculty Process for Academic Dishonesty Cases:
If a student is suspected of academic dishonestly the faculty member will start the review process. After deciding that the actions a student has taken has met the standard of academic dishonesty, the faculty member should call the Registrar’s Office to verify whether or not this is the student’s first offense. If it is a first offense, the faculty member should talk in person to the student about the offense and hear the student’s response. After deliberation, the faculty member should decide on a sanction, and write a letter to Associate Dean, Fred Rabinowitz that includes: the charge and circumstances of the offense, the sanction, the students name and ID number and whether or not it is the student’s first offense. Copies of supporting material should also be sent with the letter. Charge letters may be inter-campus mailed to the Dean’s Office or sent by email with scanned supporting documents. The Dean’s office will then generate a letter to the student, copying the Registrar and the Faculty member who presented the charge. The accused student will have 12 calendar days to respond to either accept the sanctions or petition the ARB to dispute the charge.




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