Scholastic Dishonesty

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. The full definition of Scholastic Dishonesty can be found in the Board of Regents Student Conduct Code Section IV, Subd. 1 and on the UMD Student Academic Integrity policy webpage

Academic Integrity: Striving for an environment of trust, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility in learning endeavor
Scholastic Dishonesty: The inverse of Academic Integrity - Prohibited academic conduct that discredits the accomplishments of students and tarnishes UMD’s scholarly reputation.

Procedure

Duluth Scholastic Dishonesty Flow Chart

 

  1. The faculty member must request a meeting with the student within ten (10) business days of becoming aware of the offense. This request must be presented fairly and reference specifically Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code
  2. During the Administrative Meeting the allegations of Scholastic Honesty will be discussed and the student will have the opportunity to share their perspective on the situation.
  3. If the faculty member determines that the student is responsible for Scholastic Dishonesty an Informal Resolution with sanctions will be offered. The faculty member will ask the student to review and sign The Report of Academic Dishonesty and indicate that they either a) accept the sanction or b) disagree with the allegations and/or sanction. A student has up to 10 business days to begin the appeals process if they disagree with the allegations and/or sanction.
  4. All reports of academic dishonesty should be filed by the faculty member to OSCCR within ten (10) business days of imposing the sanction.
  5. OSCCR advises the student of the appeal process, and that this event has been noted as a Student Conduct Code violation.   
  6. A student who disagrees with the faculty member's allegations and/or sanction(s) has ten (10) business days from the date the Report of Academic Dishonesty was submitted to begin the appeals process.
  7. The first step of the appeals process is to speak with the faculty member’s Department Head. If the faculty member is the Department Head the student should meet with the Associate Dean of the College. 
  8. Within ten (10) business days after speaking with the student, the Department head or Associate Dean of the College provides a written decision to the student concerning the appeal.
  9. A student who disagrees with the written decision of the Department Head or Associate Dean of the College may use the Student Academic Complaint Resolution policy to further appeal.

Multiple Violations

  1. If OSCCR identifies the student as having more than one scholastic dishonesty violation report on file, the student will be referred to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education or Graduate Education (AVC), who will review the reports and contact the student within ten (10) business days of receiving those reports, requesting a face-to-face meeting with the student.
  2. The student has five (5) business days from the AVC’s request to respond. If the student does not respond or refuses to meet with the AVC then the AVChas the option to impose additional penalties on the student and simply inform him or her of those penalties. In such cases the student will have lost the option to appeal the AVC’s decision.
  3. If the student agrees to meet with the AVC a time will be found that is convenient to both. Materials will be reviewed and options discussed. The AVC will make a decision and inform the student within five (5) business days after the meeting of that decision.
  4. If the student disagrees with the AVC’s decision she or he may appeal to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The appeal must be in writing (email is acceptable) and must detail the basis of the appeal. Simply disagreeing with the decision is not an acceptable basis for appeal. The appeal must be filed within five (5) business days of the AVC’s decision.
  5. The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs’ decision will be communicated within ten (10) business days of receiving the appeal. The decision of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is final.

Any of these timelines may be adjusted by mutual consent. Winter, spring, and summer breaks are taken into account.

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