Documenting Academic Misconduct

Faculty members must report incidents of academic misconduct using the Academic Misconduct Incident Report Form. They can include a description of the incident in the narrative section of the form. Supporting documentation must also be provided.

Together, the report and documentation provide a full record of the incident. This allows others who may help resolve the matter to understand and respond to the incident.  

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation includes:

  • Course syllabus.
  • Copy of relevant assignment, exam or project (screenshots are acceptable).
  • Safe assign report (if applicable).
  • Attempts to communicate with student to resolve the matter and student's responses.
  • Blackboard log-in attempts (time, date, IP address).
  • Blackboard assignment properties (when the assignment was created or submitted).
  • Other documentation supporting the allegation.

Narrative Section

The narrative section of the Academic Misconduct Incident Report Form can include information not captured by the supporting documentation. This may consist of details such as:

  • Summary of incident.
  • Type of incident (cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized transmission of information, unauthorized use of sources, etc.)
  • How the incident was discovered.
  • How the student was notified and if they responded.

Focus on facts. Don't include conclusions, suppositions or allegations of prior academic misconduct.

Examples of Well Documented Academic Misconduct Incidents

Department of Accountancy

The students involved either sought and received or provided unauthorized aid on a case assignment. A detailed description of what happened is attached. All students accepted responsibility other than [REDACTED], who claimed he was working with [REDACTED] as a partner, and was unaware [REDACTED] had obtained documents from [REDACTED]. [REDACTED] disputes [REDACTED]'s claim, and [REDACTED] provided no evidence of their work together or his contribution to the solution he turned in individually. All students accepted the academic resolution of a zero on the assignment.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Please see attached pdf (FILE NAME), documenting evidence of academic misconduct.

Briefly, [DATE REDACTED], [REDACTED] completed an online exam through BlackBoard. This exam was to be taken "closed book." The student acknowledged this in their response to the exam's first question, which gives students a chance to state they did not violate the code of conduct during the exam. [REDACTED] clicked she did not violate the code of conduct.

[REDACTED']s essay response was flagged by SafeAssign due to high similarity to other sources. My follow-up investigations of her response found online websites with high similarity (near word-for-word/paraphrased) to her submitted work.

In her response to my email notice about this issue, [REDACTED] said she wrote down notes from the website and did not use it during the test. She stated she was having a hard time on chapters 4, 5, and 6 (the exam 2 material), and started looking for resources other than the class. She also requested whether she could take another exam to show she had been studying for the class.

I noted she did not complete or attempt any of the assigned homework questions for chapters 4, 5, and 6 (which are graded and help student study for the exam). Also, I did a random sampling of my online (Kaltura) lecture view log for three of the videos for Chapters 4 and 5 and did not find her listed in the view log.

In her email response, she did not respond to either question- 1: whether she accepted responsibility for the allegation or 2: whether she accepted my resolution (zero on exam, which must be counted toward final grade).

Department of Communication

Student contacted me to ask why no grades had been submitted into the grade-book. No grades had been entered into Blackboard because I had not received any assignments to grade. Student asked if she could submit the assignments late as they were done and could be submitted immediately. I agreed to allow submission of assignments for a reduction of points to all 3 assignments. I then checked Blackboard to see if student had been logging into Blackboard. According to the Overall Summary of User Activity the student did not login to Blackboard from 06/29-07/12, during this time period assignments were to be submitted through Blackboard. Once the video assignments were received I checked the properties tab to see when the media was created. The impromptu speech was due 06/27/2020 at 9:15 PM and the media was created 07/20/2020 at 5:46 PM, the commemorative speech was due 07/05/2020 at 11:59 PM and was created 07/17/2020 at 3:01 PM, and the cultural assignment was due 07/12/2020 at 11:59 PM and was created 07/20/2020 at 8:45 PM.