Procedures for Addressing Allegations of Academic Misconduct
Procedures for addressing allegations and sanctions regarding academic misconduct (as defined in Section I.D.1 above) shall be established by the Universities. Below are a set of principles to which such procedures shall adhere. Please use the following links to locate the Academic Misconduct Policy & Disciplinary Procedures adopted by the Faculty Senate.
Academic Misconduct Policy & Disciplinary Procedures: http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=6757
1. Instructor's Role:
When the instructor of record or his or her designee believes that an act of academic misconduct has occurred, he or she shall notify the student of the allegation and save any evidence of such misconduct in its original form. (Copies of the Accused Student’s work will be provided to the Student upon request.) In addition, the instructor shall not transmit a final grade to the registrar until such time as the allegation(s) of academic misconduct are finally determined.
2. Complaint by Person other than Student's Instructor:
Any member of the University Community may file a complaint against a Student alleging academic misconduct.
3. The Academic Misconduct Hearing Board:
There shall be an academic misconduct hearing board convened by the University's Disciplinary Officer to consider allegations of academic misconduct lodged against a Student. The University’s disciplinary officer shall be a non-voting member of the board and act as convener.
4. Hearing Process:
The Accused Student shall be afforded adequate notice of the allegation, an opportunity to discuss the allegation with the instructor, and adequate time to request and prepare for a hearing. All parties shall have an opportunity to be heard and a record of the proceedings shall be made. The decision of a hearing board shall be communicated in writing.
If the academic misconduct hearing board determines that the Accused Student is "Not Responsible," the board shall not impose any sanctions. The board shall so advise the Student’s instructor and the instructor shall reevaluate the student’s course grade in light of the Board’s determination. If the academic misconduct hearing board determines that the Accused Student is "Responsible," the academic sanction set forth in the instructor's course syllabus shall be imposed.
The academic misconduct hearing board may make a recommendation to change the academic sanction imposed by the instructor on the basis of its hearing of the evidence of academic misconduct. Upon consideration of the Accused Student's record of misconduct and/or the nature of the offense, the academic misconduct hearing board may impose additional non-academic sanctions in proportion to the severity of the misconduct. These sanctions may include the following: warning, written reprimand, discretionary sanctions, suspension and/or expulsion, as described in II.D of this Student Code of Conduct.
The decision rendered by the academic misconduct hearing board may be appealed to the Provost/Academic Vice President, who shall review the record of the hearing, including any and all documents presented to the academic misconduct hearing board. An appeal shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Provost/Academic Vice President within three (3) University calendar days of receipt of the academic misconduct hearing board’s written decision.
An appeal may be brought on any of four grounds: (a) a claim that error in the hearing procedure substantially affected the decision; (b) a claim that new evidence or information material to the case was not known at the time of the hearing; (c) a claim that the non-academic sanction(s) imposed were not appropriate for the violation of the Code for which the accused student was found responsible; and/or (d) a claim that the academic sanction imposed has resulted in a palpable injustice. The Provost/Academic Vice President shall have the right to deny an appeal not brought on any of the foregoing grounds. The decision rendered by the Provost/Academic Vice President shall be final and there shall be no further right of appeal.