Academic Affairs Integrity Committee

Purpose

It is considered important that students disciplined for academic dishonesty do not repeat this action in other university settings. Therefore, the office of Academic Affairs will maintain records of those students disciplined for academic dishonesty (name, offense, and disciplinary action is taken). If a student is recorded as a multiple offender (more than one listing in the data file) of the academic dishonesty policy, the student will be brought before the Academic Affairs Integrity Committee for repeated violations The AAIC may recommend that additional sanctions be imposed upon the student.

 

NOTE:  The faculty is responsible for reporting all cases in which a student has been confronted and/or disciplined for cheating to the Office of Academic Affairs using the Reporting Form for Academic Dishonesty, even when disciplinary action has been taken at the faculty level.

 

Membership

The Academic Affairs Integrity Committee will be composed of one tenured faculty member from each college, one Academic Dean, and one student representative to be appointed by the SGA president. Faculty members will be nominated by the Academic Deans of each college and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The VPAA will also appoint an Academic Dean to the committee.

 

Process

  1. Academic Affairs requires that instructors report all suspected and known cases of academic dishonesty to the Academic Affairs Integrity Data Warehouse using the Reporting Form for Violations to the Academic Integrity Policy). The instructor must submit concerns or the paper in question with an explanation and any supporting materials (such as a Turnitin or Safe Assign).
  2. When a student commits more than one act of academic dishonesty (based upon Academic Affairs Integrity Data Warehouse records) the documentation will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Integrity Committee for review.
  3. The Committee will conduct a thorough review of all documentation on file and, at its discretion, interview parties involved. If warranted, the committee may recommend to the Vice President for Academic Affairs that additional sanctions be imposed on the multiple offender as outlined below.

 

Appeal Procedures

The student may appeal the decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by submitting a petition for review and recommendation by the President. The petition must be filed with the office of the President within 10 work days of the letter sent by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The petition must indicate the basis for the appeal as one or more of the following:

  1. Published procedures were not followed;
  2. There was insufficient evidence to support the committee’s decision(s);
  3. Sanctions imposed were inappropriate;
  4. Subsequent to the hearing, information was discovered which indicates that members(s) of the committee were not impartial.
  5. No new evidence may be presented. The review will be based on the records the case and the appeal petition submitted by the student or faculty member.
  6. The President will notify the appropriate parties of the decision.