The Policy on Academic Integrity (which falls under the University Code of Student Conduct) describes the types of actions that constitute academic dishonesty, the procedure for resolving academic integrity violations, and recommended sanctions for students found responsible for such violations. 

A Step By Step Guide for Faculty: From Complaint to Sanction

If you believe that an undergraduate student has committed a violation of  academic integrity (AI),  you must submit an online Academic Integrity Reporting Form  and provide any supporting documentation to the form. For a Level 1 or 2 violation of academic integrity (AI), you may proceed with either of the two options described below. All suspected Level 3 violations, or if the student is a graduate student, you must proceed with Option 2. 

Regardless of which option you choose or the level of the violation, the student should not be penalized until the matter is adjudicated. The student must be permitted to continue to attend class and complete all assignments and exams. If you must submit a final course grade before the case is resolved, then the student should be given an “Incomplete” or “TZ” grade, which will not affect his or her GPA. Click here for a complete flow chart of the Academic Integrity process. 

  1. Fill out an Online Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form and attach any supporting documentation:

  2. Notify the student in writing of the alleged violation within fifteen (15) working days of identifying or being notified of the violation. This letter must inform the student that he or she must respond within five (5) working days from the date of the letter. If the student does not respond or declines to meet with you, continue with the investigation without his or her input.

  3. Meet with the student, review all evidence, interview any witnesses and make a decision regarding the allegation. Once a decision is made, please complete the Final Reporting Form

  4. If you determine that the student has not violated the policy, notify him or her in writing within fifteen (15) working days of the meeting.

  5. If you determine that the student is responsible for a non-separable violation of the policy, notify him or her in writing of your finding within fifteen (15) working days of the meeting. Include in the letter a recommended educational sanction and appeal information.

  6. If the student accepts your finding and agrees to the recommended sanction, then your finding and sanction become final.

  7. If the student does not accept your finding and/or the recommended sanction, he or she may appeal to the Campus Appeals Committee.

  8. If the student fails to appeal within the allotted time, then your finding and sanction become final.

  1. If you choose to refer the violation to an AIF, you must fill out the online Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form and include any supporting documentation.

  2. Notify the student in writing (see sample letters) of the alleged violation within fifteen (15) working days of identifying or being notified of the violation. Inform him or her that the case will be adjudicated by the AIF.

For further questions or to request an Academic Integrity presentation, please contact:

 

Katherine Lopez

Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity and General Advisement

Email: klopez@rutgers.edu

Phone: 973-353-5800