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Faculty Guide to Academic Misconduct
If you detect what you believe is an incident of academic misconduct and would like advice on how to proceed, contact us.
Academic Misconduct Defined
Academic Misconduct: The receipt or transmission of unauthorized aid on assignments or examinations, plagiarism, unauthorized use of examination materials, cheating or other forms of dishonesty in academic matters. The term “cheating” includes but is not limited to the following:
- Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations or on academic assignments;
- Use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
- Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff;
- Engagement in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion;
The term “plagiarism” includes but is not limited to the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. Plagiarism also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
If you suspect academic misconduct:
- Take note of the time and/or circumstances of the suspected incident. If possible, get a "second opinion" of your suspicions.
- Explain your concerns to the student.
- Put your concerns regarding the incident in writing and include copies of the original exam or assignment with examples of the student's misconduct marked and any supporting documentation.
The Academic Misconduct Process
This page provides step-by-step instructions on how faculty should complete the academic misconduct process, in both text and graphical form.
When to refer academic misconduct cases to the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct:
The Student Code of Conduct specifies who has jurisdiction in cases of academic misconduct. Faculty maintain initial control over any grade assigned to a student, subject to the procedure outlined in the Academic Policy and Procedure Manual (regarding grade appeals).The Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct, including Academic Misconduct Hearing Boards, cannot and will not assign any sanction having to deal with a grade. In cases where faculty recommend a sanction of suspension or greater in the course, the incident report must be completed and referred to the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct before meeting with the student.
Incident Report Information
According to the Academic Policy and Procedure Manual, all incidents of academic misconduct MUST be reported to the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct. The Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct requires that all reports of academic misconduct be submitted on the electronic incident report form. For tips and information on how to properly complete the incident report, please click here.
Faculty maintain initial control over any grade assigned to a student, subject to the procedure outlined in the Academic Policy and Procedure Manual (regarding grade appeals). This includes both the final course grade and the grade of any individual assignment. The Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct, including any Academic Misconduct Hearing Board cannot and will not assign any sanction or make any decision relating to grades.
Students who are willing to accept responsibility for committing academic misconduct, BUT do not accept a sanction relating to the grade should follow the grade appeal procedure outlined in the Academic Policy and Procedure Manual.
RESPONSIBILIES OF THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY STANDARDS & STUDENT CONDUCT IN CASES OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
- Maintain student conduct case files as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct;
- Receive and process cases of academic misconduct;
- Schedule Academic Misconduct Board hearings for students who plead “Not Responsible” to an allegation of Academic Misconduct;
- Notify both the reporting faculty member and accused student of the outcome of the Academic Misconduct Board Hearing.
Please refer all cases in which you want to recommend a sanction of suspension or expulsion from Northern Illinois University to the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct immediately. (before meeting with the student)
RESPONSIBILIES OF FACULTY IN CASES OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
- Promote an atmosphere of academic honesty within the classroom and for all assignments, examinations, and course projects
- Respond to academic misconduct incidents in a timely manner
- Follow the academic misconduct process outlined by the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct
- Notify the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct in a timely manner about the outcomes of all alleged academic misconduct incidents by using the appropriate online reporting form.