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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 should you do if you are accused of academic dishonesty?

Meet with your professor. This is an opportunity to give your side of the story.

During your meeting with the professor, you'll be asked to sign the Report of Academic Dishonesty form and check one of two boxes: (1) you accept the sanction or (2) you disagree with the allegations and/or sanction.

If you accept the sanction:

The Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed by your instructor with The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution. OSCCR will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of the report, a reiteration of your sanctions, and a reiteration of your options for appeal.  Further, if you already have a record of scholastic dishonesty, you'll be directed to attend an additional meeting with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education (AVCUE), who may issue additional sanctions to you.  

If you disagree with the allegations and/or sanction:

A member of the OSCCR staff will contact you once the Report of Academic Dishonesty has been received. You will need to meet with the department head or designee, and The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution will explain UMD's Student Academic Grievance Policy to you.

Sanctions imposed by the academic integrity officer:
If this is your first violation, your sanctions are determined by your instructor. If you have multiple violations, you sanctions are determined by your instructor, plus the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education may issue additional sanctions. For a better understanding of the range of sanctions please see the Academic Integrity Violation Sanctioning Suggestions.

What does it mean to have academic dishonesty on a student's record?

Student academic dishonesty is a violation of Section IV, Subdivision 1 of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. Once a Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed by the academic integrity officer, a file is created and is generally kept for a period of seven 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 they have 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.

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Additional Resources:

If you're struggling with your classes, perhaps you have not chosen the right major; Career Services will provide help for you.

Personal problems frequently affect your academic performance; call Counseling Services for a personal, confidential counseling session.

This is the perfect place to visit if you need extra academic help.