Review of Class A Violations without a Departmental Hearing
If a purported act of dishonesty involves Class A violations, the instructor in charge of the course may either request an informal departmental hearing (as described in Section V) or decide the complaint and impose sanctions as follows:
A. Initial Investigation, Adjudication, and Report
The instructor shall investigate the allegations thoroughly. If the preponderance of evidence supports a finding of a violation, the instructor shall report the case to the Chair of the Department.
In consultation with the Chair, the instructor may impose one of the following sanctions:
- A zero on the assignment in question, or
- A specified lowering of the course grade. If the course grade is lowered to an F, the student shall have the right to continue in the course without prejudice or other penalty pending the results of an appeal.
C. Notification, Disclosure, and Retention of Evidence
The instructor shall promptly inform both the student and the Department Chair of the sanction imposed. The Chair shall then send notification of the complaint, the nature of the evidence, and the outcome of the case along with all physical evidence to the College Committee on Academic Honesty. The Committee shall retain such notice and evidence in the Office of the Dean indefinitely. If the student is not a member of the College of Arts & Sciences, notification shall also be sent to the dean of the student's College or School. In all other respects, the case and its outcome shall remain confidential as specified in Section III.A.
D. Right of Appeal
A student found to have committed a violation by an instructor has the right to appeal at an informal departmental hearing according to the procedure outlined in Section V. Such appeal must be lodged with the Chair of the Department within one week of the date on which the student was notified of the outcome.