UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Chemistry

 

Academic Integrity

Information For Instructors

The University of Wisconsin-System expects that students uphold a high level of academic integrity when completing coursework while attending a UW institution. UWS Administrative Code Chapter 14 is a set of policies and procedures regarding academic integrity that all students are expected to follow while enrolled as a student of the UW-System.

At the University of Wisconsin River Falls instructors, with help from the office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, are responsible for administering the University's UWS Chapter 14 Academic Misconduct process. 

It is important to recognize that, as instructors, you must follow the correct process in addressing academic misconduct. UWS Administrative Code Chapter 14 affords students specific responsibilities and rights that must be honored. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is available to help you successfully navigate this process in order to ensure that academic misconduct is managed appropriately according to UWS Administrative Code.

Academic Misconduct Process

You, the instructor, have received coursework (exam, paper, presentation, etc.) from a student (or students).  While reviewing the submitted coursework you suspect that some form of academic misconduct took place (cheating, plagiarizing, etc.).

1. Offer the student(s) an opportunity to meet with you to discuss the allegation(s) of academic misconduct.  Be aware that the student may choose not to meet with you.

During the meeting, make sure to:

  • Thoroughly explain why you believe academic misconduct took place.
  • Allow the student to explain the situation from their perspective.
  • Ask appropriate questions to gather information regarding the alleged academic misconduct.
  • Answer any questions the student asks to the best of your ability.

2. After meeting with the student, consider all of the information available to you and make a determination on whether academic misconduct took place. If the student chooses not to meet with you, make your determination based on the information available to you.

Determination of Responsibility

1. If you determine academic misconduct has taken place, there are a number of sanctions available for you to consider.  These sanctions include:

Group "A" sanctions (Sanctions that you impose to address the misconduct)

  • Oral reprimand
  • Written reprimand to student only
  • Assignment to repeat the work

Group "B" sanctions (Sanctions that you impose to address the misconduct)

  • Lower or failing grade on assignment/test
  • Lower grade in course
  • Failing grade in course
  • Removal from course
  • Written reprimand in disciplinary file

Group "C" sanctions (Sanctions you recommend for the misconduct; forwarding it to SCCS for further investigation)

  • Disciplinary probation
  • Suspension or expulsion from the university

2. Be sure to choose the sanction(s) that are most appropriate for the violation.

Administering Sanctions from Group A and/or Group B

If you determine a group "A" sanction(s) is most appropriate:

1. Create a formal letter to send to the student including the following information:

  • The violation for which you found the student responsible.
  • A summary of the evidence you used to make that determination.
  • An outline of the sanction(s) you have deemed appropriate for the violation.
  • The appeal process should the student choose to file an appeal of your decision.

2. The letter must be delivered from you, the instructor, to the student(s) in one (or both) of the following ways:

  • Hand-deliver, in person, a hard copy of the formal letter to the student.
  • Mail a hard copy of the letter through US Mail to the address listed in the student's eSIS account.

* Note: The address used to mail the letter must be the address found in eSIS; not a different address that the student provides you.

The student has 10 days from the issuance of the formal letter to appeal your decision should they choose to do so. If the student does not appeal your decision is final.

If you determine a group "B" sanction(s) is the most appropriate:

1. Create a formal letter to send to the student including the following information:

  • The violation for which you found the student responsible.
  • A summary of the evidence you used to make that determination.
  • An outline of the sanction(s) you have deemed appropriate for the violation.
  • The appeal process should the student choose to file an appeal of your decision.

2. The letter must be delivered from you, the instructor, to the student(s) in one (or both) of the following ways:

  • Hand-deliver, in person, a hard copy of the letter to the student.
  • Mail a hard copy of the letter through US Mail to the address listed in the student's eSIS account.

* Note: The address used must be what is in the student's eSIS account, not a different address that the student provides you.

3. In addition, you must prepare a written report describing the alleged misconduct, the recommended sanction(s), and all evidence used to make that decision.

4. This report must be forwarded to Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS).

5. A formal academic misconduct case will be created by SCCS for the student's conduct record.

The student has 10 days from the issuance of the formal letter to appeal your decision should they choose to do so. If the student does not appeal your decision is final.

Recommending Sanctions from Group C

If you determine a group "C" sanction is most appropriate:

1. Create a formal letter to send to the student that includes the following information:

  • The violation(s) for which you found the student responsible.
  • A summary of the evidence you used to make that determination.
  • An outline of the sanction(s) you have recommended for the violation(s).

2. The letter must be delivered from you, the instructor, to the student in one (or both) of the following ways:

  • Hand-deliver, in person, a hard copy of the letter to the student.
  • Mail a hard copy of the letter through US Mail to the address listed in the student's eSIS account.

* Note: The address used to mail the letter must be the address found in eSIS; not a different address that the student provides you.

3. In addition, you must prepare a written report describing the alleged misconduct, the recommended sanction(s), and all evidence used to make that decision.

  • This report must be forwarded to Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS).
  • A formal academic misconduct case will be created by SCCS for the student's conduct record.

4. SCCS will conduct an investigation into the alleged misconduct, which may include a meeting with:

  • The student
  • You (the instructor)
  • Any relevant witnesses

5. Once SCCS has concluded their investigation, they will prepare an investigative report outlining their findings and recommended sanctions, if necessary. SCCS will notify both you the instructor and the student of their findings via a formal letter.

Should the student be found responsible, possible sanction outcomes include: all sanctions from group A, group B, and/or disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion.

  • If disciplinary probation is determined to be the appropriate sanction, the student will have 10 days from the date of the formal letter to request a hearing.If the student chooses not to request a hearing, the sanction is final.
  • If suspension or expulsion is determined to be an appropriate sanction, a hearing will be automatically scheduled with a hearing board or hearing examiner.

6.  If the student requests a hearing or a hearing is automatically scheduled, you will be notified of the date and time should you choose to participate.

7. After the hearing has concluded, the hearing board/examiner will determine the student's responsibility for the policy violation(s).  You and the student will be notified of their decision within 14 days of the scheduled hearing.

If the student is found not responsible for any policy violations:

  • You and the student will be notified via a formal letter.
  • The case is closed.

If the student is found responsible for at least one policy violation, you and the student will be notified via a formal letter of:

  • The case findings.
  • The rationale for the decision.
  • The appropriate sanction(s) and deadline(s).