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Review of Class B Violations

A. Composition of the College Committee on Academic Honesty

The College Committee on Academic Honesty shall be composed of six members (two from each of the divisions in the College) elected by the faculty of the College for staggered two-year terms. In reviewing college policies and overseeing their promulgation, all six members shall be involved. In hearing cases of dishonesty, only three members shall be involved in any particular case, with assignment of cases to be determined by the chair of the Committee.

B. Referral to the College Committee on Academic Honesty

The instructor and Chair should complete the Report of Academic Dishonesty and submit to the Arts & Sciences Office of the Dean.

The Department Chair shall refer to the College Committee on Academic Honesty all cases involving Class B violations and all appeals of departmental hearings involving Class A violations. To detect multiple offenses by the same student, the chair of the Committee shall compare each notification of a Class A violation with earlier notifications in the files of the Committee, informing the Department Chair promptly of cases that require further action by the Committee.

Before cases involving Class B violations are referred to the Committee, the instructor may make a finding of a violation and impose a sanction involving grades following the process outlined in Sections IV and V. If the instructor declines to pursue such process before the case comes to the Committee, subsequent adjudication by the faculty member is prohibited.

In referring the case, the Department Chair shall provide the Committee with a written summary of the allegations, the results of the initial investigation, and the findings and sanctions, if any, that emerged from any prior level of review or proceeding. Cases shall be referred to the Committee as soon as reasonably possible following the initial report of a violation or the lodging of an appeal.

Cases involving students who are not pursuing degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences shall be referred to the dean of the appropriate College or School. Copies of physical evidence and of the notification provided by the Department Chair may be released to such College or School at the discretion of the chair of the Committee.

C. Hearing Chair and Advisors

A hearing chair and two other members of the College Committee on Academic Honesty shall conduct the hearing. The chair of the College Committee on Academic Honesty may act as hearing chair or appoint another member of the Committee to act in that capacity. Subject to the restrictions specified in Section III.B.4, the student may bring an advisor to the hearing, as may the instructor.

D. College Investigation

The hearing chair shall secure physical evidence from the Department and conduct separate interviews with the student(s) and with the instructor involved in the case. After reviewing the physical evidence and reporting the results of the interviews to the other members of the hearing committee, the hearing chair may initiate such further inquiry as deemed appropriate.

E. Hearing

The hearing chair shall schedule the hearing, notifying in writing the student(s) and the faculty member (as specified in Section III.B.2), the other members of the hearing committee, and such witnesses as the student(s) or the faculty member may call. Witnesses from within the university community are obliged to attend and may be sanctioned by the College Committee on Academic Honesty if they fail to appear. If the student(s) accused of dishonesty fail to appear at the hearing, the hearing committee may hear the case and impose sanctions in the absence of the student(s).

During the proceedings, the hearing chair shall insure that both parties have a full and fair opportunity to provide such oral or written statements as they may wish to submit, to present evidence, and to question witnesses.

F. Sanctions

If, after the conclusion of the college hearing, the hearing committee unanimously determines that the preponderance of evidence supports a finding of a violation, sanctions shall be determined by majority vote.  The finding and sanctions proposed by the hearing committee shall be discussed, ratified or amended by the full Academic Honesty Committee.

  1. In appeals of Class A violations, the hearing committee may reverse the original finding of a violation, reaffirm that finding and the original sanction imposed by the instructor, or impose another sanction from among the options listed in Section IV.B.
  2. In cases involving Class B violations, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

    a. Letter of reprimand, which may be placed in the student's file in the Registrar's Office for a specified period or until conditions of probation have been met;

    b. Probationary status for a specified period of time, including loss of privileges and/or requirements that the student satisfy conditions before enrolling in further courses in the College;

    c. Suspension from the College and/or denial of permission to register for further courses within its jurisdiction for a specified period. Record of such suspension shall be made a permanent part of the student's academic transcript;

    d. Permanent separation from the College of Arts and Sciences and/or denial of permission to register for further courses within its jurisdiction. Record of such separation will be made a permanent part of the student's academic transcript .

    G. Notification, Disclosure, and Retention of Evidence

    Within a week after the committee has concluded discussions, the Chair of the Academic Honesty Committee shall communicate its decision to the Dean, who shall provide the student(s) with written notice of the outcome. A copy of this notice shall be kept in the files of the College Committee on Academic Honesty indefinitely. If the Committee finds that the student(s) committed no violation, all other records of the case shall be destroyed and confidentiality maintained as described in Section III.A. If at least one student has been found to have committed a violation, a copy of the notice and a summary of the case shall also be forwarded to the Dean of the College. Summary information about the case and its outcome may, at the Dean's discretion, be disclosed to deter others from committing dishonesty. Physical evidence in such cases shall be retained in the Office of the Dean indefinitely.

    H. Right of Appeal

    A student found to have committed a violation by the hearing committee shall have a right to appeal to the Dean of the College. Such appeal must be lodged with the hearing chair within one week of the date on which the student(s) were notified of the results of the hearing. If the decision of the hearing committee is appealed, the student(s) shall have the right to continue in the course affected by the sanctions without prejudice or other penalty pending the results of the appeal. Findings and sanctions imposed by the Dean shall be final.



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