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UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community.
What to do if you suspect academic dishonesty?
If you suspect a student has engaged in academic dishonesty, collect all documentation. Examples include the assignment, paper, exam, and any statements you may have from a TA or other witness.
Request that the student meets with you to discuss your suspicions using this e-mail template. This request should be fair and timely (specifically, within ten (10) business days of becoming aware of the offense). A meeting request template is provided in the links below -- at a minimum, you must reference specifically Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code (Section 4, Subd. 1, Scholastic Dishonesty). When you meet with the student, present your evidence, be objective, and explain the problem. Then, listen to the student's explanation.
If you feel the student is not responsible, the situation resolves itself, and you do not have to do anything. If you believe the student has engaged in academic dishonesty, consult this rubric to select an appropriate sanction, then have the student sign the Report of Scholastic Dishonesty. Explain to the student that she/he can (1) accept the sanction, or (2) disagree with the allegations and/or sanction. In either case, file the Report of Scholastic Dishonesty with Student Conduct & Conduct Resolution, (email@example.com) located in 245 Kirby Plaza.
If the student accepts the sanction, The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution will e-mail a sanction letter to the student. The letter reiterates the faculty member's sanction and the student's options for appeal. Further, if the student already has a record of scholastic dishonesty, they'll be directed to attend an additional meeting with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education (AVCUE), who may issue additional sanctions. If the student disagrees with the allegations and/or sanction, The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution will contact the student and the appropriate appeals officer. After the appeal has been heard and decided, if the student still disagrees, the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and will explain UMD's Student Academic Complaint Policy, which provides a further avenue for appeal.
What if I have offered an in-person meeting with my student, but the student cannot come to campus?
If the student cannot meet you on campus, you may choose to meet via teleconference or video chat. In follow up, you must e-mail the student's UMD e-mail a completed Report of Academic Dishonesty, and request that they e-mail you back their acceptance or appeal request.
What does it mean to have academic dishonesty on a student's record?
Student academic dishonesty is a violation of Section V, Subdivision 1 of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. Once a Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed with the academic integrity officer, a file is created and is generally kept for 7 years. For additional information on student conduct records privacy and distribution, please go here.
Is there a notation on a student's official transcript?
There is no notation on a student's official transcript to indicate she/he has engaged in academic dishonesty. Likewise, if a student received a grade of F due to academic dishonesty, there is no notation on the official transcript.
Suggestions for Maintaining Academic Integrity During Exams
- Use alternate seating.
- Randomize seating.
- Use scrambled versions of exams.
- Check students’ IDs when exams are turned in.
- Leave backpacks, etc., at the end of the aisle or in front of the room.
- Faculty member or proctors walk around the room.
- Create new tests and avoid using old tests from previous semesters.
- Use essay exams instead of multiple choice and true/false.
- Avoid take-home exams unless they are designed for collaborative work.
- Add a statement to syllabi and exams outlining the consequences of academic dishonesty. (Sample Syllabi Statements)