Academic Integrity - Guidelines for Faculty
Do you think you have encountered a case of Academic Misconduct?
- Make notes immediately (save them)
- Meet with a relevant administrator (e.g. Chair or Coordinator)
- Come to a consensus on whether or not an investigation should proceed
- If you decide to proceed, complete the Allegation of Academic Misconduct form: https://www.wlu.ca/forms_detail.php?grp_id=1865&frm_id=2485
- Contact the student at their official mylaurier e-mail address
- Explain the problem; request a meeting within a week, and inform the student about process available in the Academic Calendar as stated in Policy 12.2: Student Code of Conduct and Discipline
- Donít meet with student alone (include a disinterested witness)
- Meet each involved student individually
- Use neutral language and try to avoid emotion, allow student time to speak, keep a record of the conversation (the witness will also take notes)
- Make a decision:
- Misconduct occurred: continue process
- Not sure, or more information needed: continue process
- Allegation unfounded: discontinue process
- If discontinued: Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form needs to be securely filed, until destroyed when the term ends.
Complete Part B of the Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form (both copies) advising student of decisions to proceed and the next steps. Student responds as follows:
- Denied allegation
- Admitted the allegation
- Admitted the allegation with an explanation Ė record the explanation
- Give student one copy of the Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form
- Make notes after the meeting (the witness as well)
- Advise the Associate Dean: Student Affairs of the outcome of the meeting
- Complete follow up investigation if needed, and file documentation
- Provide copy of the Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form to the Associate Dean: Student Affairs
- Instructor and Associate Dean: Student Affairs communicate (at least one week after the student meeting); they share information, form a consensus, and agree on a penalty following the penalty chart guidelines
- Associate Dean: Student Affairs advises student of the outcome with Letter 1 and waits for the expiration of the appeal period (unless matter is referred to Dean)
- Second offences and severe penalties are referred to the Dean
- Final Incident Report filed with Central Registry after appeal rights and time periods expired
A Studentís Rights
- Students are owed a fair hearing
- Students may appeal
- Confidentiality must be respected
What else should I know?
Instructors may send the Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form and supporting documentation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include: Supporting documentation, e.g., the assignment in question, with questionable passages highlighted to assist in the review of the case, & The turnitin report, where applicable.
The instructor needs to keep a file of each case for future reference. Ensure to make all relevant copies.
A full printer-friendly Brochure titled Academic Misconduct: Guidelines for Faculty is available below.
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