Academic Integrity Processes
Since academic dishonesty impacts the entire community, all suspected violations of AUC's Code of Academic Ethics should be reported to the Academic Integrity Office. Any member of the AUC community can report a violation of academic integrity, including faculty, staff and fellow students. All investigations are carried out with utmost discretion.
The Academic Integrity Office deals with two main types of violations:
- Alleged Student Violations
- Alleged Faculty Violations
Reporting a Violation
All members of the AUC community are asked to use the AIC online reporting form when submitting an academic integrity violation. The form, found here, will automatically notify the Academic Integrity Office when a case has been submitted. You will be able to submit digital evidence through the online report form.
Faculty are asked to inform both the department chair and the student that a report is being filed as well as provide copies of the submitted evidence to the student.
Email email@example.com if you have any reporting questions.
Violations of the AUC Code of Academic Ethics will result in cases being filed with the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). The AIC meets regularly throughout the semester to hear reported violations. Students will be notified via email of the reported violation. At the discretion of the AIC, first violation cheating or plagiarism cases may be offered the opportunity to plead guilty. This option will only be offered to students who are accused of committing solitary violations. Students will be informed of this option either at the time of notification of a case or through a separate communication. If it is felt that a meeting with the student is necessary, or if a student is accused of a violation outside of the possible plea categories, they will be notified of their appointment time and place. Emails are sent to the email address on record. Students are responsible for keeping their records on Banner up to date. Students who fail to attend their scheduled appointment will have their cases decided in their absence based on the available information. The student will be informed via email once the AIC makes its decision. It is important to note that the decision will be shared with those of a need to know.
Possible Sanctions and Penalties
There is a wide range of sanctions for each class of violations from which the Academic Integrity Committee can choose on a case-by-case basis. The University has identified three classes of violations and the corresponding sanctions for each type. Possible sanctions include but are not limited to:
- Permanent expulsion
- Loss of scholarships, financial aid
- Suspension of one to two years
- Academic integrity class required
- Referral to authorities outside AUC for prosecution
- Restitution, including legal fees
- Social probation
- Reduction of credit hours allowed during next semester
- Suspension up to one year
- Service to AUC community up to 120 hours
- And other possible sanctions or penalties
Once a case is decided, the decision is typically final. Appeals will only be considered in the face of new evidence. If a student is appealing on the grounds of new evidence, the student must submit a written petition that includes:
- A summary of the case
- The outcome
- The reason for appeal
- The new evidence on which the appeal is based
- A brief discussion of what you hope the appeal will achieve
Petitions should be signed and dated and submitted in hard copy to the Academic Integrity Office. Students who plead guilty in lieu of a meeting are not eligible for appeal.
Important Note for Students: Should you ever be asked by employers or other institutions (for study abroad or graduate school applications) if you had disciplinary or academic violations, you are required to answer truthfully. Failure to do so is considered a fabrication of application and could result in dismissal if the truth is ever discovered.
Reporting a Violation
The Code of Academic Ethics applies to all members of the AUC community. The process for investigating alleged faculty violations varies slightly from the process for reporting alleged student violations. There is no designated form, and so alleged faculty violations may be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email needs to include a statement of the charge and a narrative explaining the alleged violation. Once the report is received, the Academic Integrity Office will start the process of investigation.
Process of Investigation
Alleged faculty violations are investigated by a committee of faculty, comprised of members of the Council on Academic Integrity and other faculty members. The mandate governing faculty investigations is fact-finding, and determining, when possible, the extent and severity of any committed violation. The investigatory committee does not recommend sanctions for violations found to have been committed. The committee may recommend actions to improve processes or safe-guards to prevent future violations of a similar nature. The investigatory committee, through the Academic Integrity Office, has the right to request information or testimony from any member of the community who may be able to assist in the investigation.
Outcome and Possible Sanctions
The investigatory report is submitted to the provost. The provost has the right to accept or dismiss the findings of the report, or to request further investigations. If the findings are accepted, the provost may either take action directly or form a new committee to recommend sanctions. All decision letters are issued from the provost.