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Faculty Support for Academic Integrity in Online Learning

Many aspects of our semester have changed significantly, but our responsibility for academic integrity has not. Students are expected to continue to observe the Institutional Rules, treat all exams and assignments as if they were in-person to complete them, and maintain the highest standards of academic integrity during this period online learning. Student Conduct staff are available to support you through email, over the phone, or using Zoom.

Academic Integrity and Conduct Concerns for Online Learning

The online classroom brings new and unexpected challenges. Many of the most common violations of Section 11-402 of the Institutional Rules (ex. plagiarism or collusion on homework) have not changed. Below are some sample behavior concerns in the online environment, as well as how to address them. These examples are not comprehensive, but should provide a good framework moving forward. It is important to remember during this unusual semester, that there will be bumps in the road and we need to be flexible as we move through the semester together.

If you are concerned about student conduct online and need guidance on how to evaluate or address the behavior, please email Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.

Decorum in the Online Classroom

Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom

What to Do When Academic Dishonesty is Suspected

When academic dishonesty is suspected, it is important to collect all available relevant evidence and information (logs from Canvas or other online systems/reports/ assignments of concern, etc.).

Choose either to meet with the student to hear their side, or refer the matter to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Use the Student Conduct Process widget below to walk through the conduct process. Visit Faculty Resources for instructions to complete the faculty disposition, If meeting with the student, or start a referral to Student Conduct.

Student Conduct Process Widget

Use the radio buttons below to navigate through different student conduct processes.

academic misconduct only or academic and general misconduct

  • Faculty Member suspects student of academic dishonesty
    (academic misconduct only).
  • Student Conduct and Academic Integrity receives referral of alleged violation
    (academic and general misconduct).
Faculty member meets with or refers student

  • Faculty member meets with student.
  • Faculty member refers student to the Office of the Dean of Students.
Student accepts responsibility or disputes allegations

  • Student accepts responsibility and signs Faculty Disposition.
  • Student disputes allegations and Faculty Member submits a Faculty Referral.
Faculty Disposition is forwarded
  • Faculty Disposition is forwarded to The Office of the Dean of Students where it is reviewed and determined if additional sanctions are warranted, and if so, assess an additional sanction(s).
Student may submit an appeal
  • Within 10 days of accepting a Faculty Disposition, student may submit an appeal to the appellate officer (for sanctions only), who may uphold or modify the sanctions and/or findings.
Office of the Dean of Students will send the student a summons
  • The Office of the Dean of Students will send the student a summons that lists the alleged violation(s) and then will meet with the student.
Student is presented with an Administrative Disposition
  • The Office of the Dean of Students may determine that evidence supports a finding of violation and proposes an appropriate sanction(s). Student is presented with an Administrative Disposition. and must make a resolution decision within five (5) days.
Student accepts the Administrative Disposition or student may request a hearing or student accepts findings and sanction(s)



  • Student accepts the Administrative Disposition while retaining the right to appeal the sanction(s). In some cases, the student may appeal both the findings and the sanctions to the appellate officer.
  • Student may request a hearing with the Student Conduct Board or Hearing Officer.
  • Student accepts findings and sanction(s). The Administrative Disposition is final.
Student may submit an appeal
  • Within 10 days of accepting or not accepting the Administrative Disposition, student may submit an appeal to the appellate , who may uphold or modify the sanctions and/or findings.
Hearing Officer(s) either dismisses the case or finds student in violation
  • Hearing Officer(s) either dismisses the case or finds student in violation of the Institutional Rules and imposes appropriate sanction(s).
Student may appeal the decision
  • Within ten (10) days student may appeal the decision to the appellate officer, based on one or more of the three grounds for appeal, who may uphold or modify the findings and/or sanction(s) of the hearing officer(s) decision.
Student accepts findings and sanction(s)
  • Student accepts findings and sanction(s). The Administrative Disposition is final.
  • End of the Process - Our office will maintain a disciplinary record for seven years.