Academic Integrity FAQs - Faculty

What are the legal ramifications when I accuse a student of cheating? Can Faculty members be held personally liable?

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Faculty members cannot be held personally liable as long as they have followed the reporting process outlined in the UA Code of Academic Integrity when dealing with students suspected of cheating.

What grade should I assign if it’s the end of the semester and an academic integrity case is still open?

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If the student’s grade will be impacted, the grade of an “Incomplete” should be assigned. The Dean of Students Office will inform the faculty member when the case is closed at which time the “Incomplete” can be changed to a grade.

How much evidence is needed to report a student for academic dishonesty?

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The UA Code of Academic Integrity states that faculty members should decide by “preponderance of evidence” if a violation has occurred. This means that if it is more than likely that a violation occurred, the incident should be reported to the Dean of Students Office.

Can I sanction a student for academic dishonesty without making a formal charge?

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Addressing academic integrity violations without formally reporting the incident to the Dean of Students Office is highly discouraged, especially when a student’s grade is impacted. By not following the process outlined in the UA Code of Academic Integrity, students are not allowed the due process to which they are entitled.

Why is it important to report incidents of academic integrity to the Dean of Students Office?

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The Dean of Students Office maintains records of reported academic integrity violations for the entire campus. This centralized reporting structure helps to identify students who have repeated violations and ensures the UA Code of Academic integrity if followed.