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SPOTLIGHT

Violation Procedural Timeline

Within five business days after the date of the alleged violation the instructor must first call the Office of Student Conflict Resolution or email carrie.kerr@sru.edu or leighann.datt@sru.edu to determine if this violation is student’s first violation. If the student has two or more Allegations of Academic Dishonesty the alleged act of academic dishonesty will be treated as a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and further sanctions will be imposed by the University. The faculty member must then file an Academic Integrity Incident Report Form and send it to the Provost or Provost’s designee and the Office of Student Conflict Resolution.

·         Within ten business days after the date of the alleged violation the instructor must give the student a copy of the completed Academic Integrity Incident Report Form, SRU’s Academic Integrity Policy, and the course syllabus.

·         The student has five business days from the receipt of the Academic Integrity Incident Report form to meet with the instructor, if they so desire. If student meets with the instructor then the instructor must complete the Slippery Rock University Academic Integrity Incident Report Meeting with Student form.  The meeting with the student will be consistent with the delivery modes of the course.  

·         If a student does not wish to meet with the instructor, the student has the right to make a written request to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution in Suite 8 of Old Main (724 738 4985) for a formal hearing within five business days of receipt of the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form. The Office of Student Conflict Resolution must inform the instructor immediately that a request for a formal hearing has been made by the student. 

·         If the student does not meet with the instructor and the student does not file a written request for a formal hearing, then the student may waive their right to a formal hearing and this waiver could signify student’s acceptance of both the allegations and sanctions.  Faculty has completed their obligation and the Office of Student Conflict Resolution will handle it from there.

Sanctions

a.   No sanctions: If after the meeting with the student, the instructor accepts the student’s explanation and determines the allegation(s) will be dismissed and no sanction(s) will be imposed, then the instructor is to complete the Dismissal of Allegations and Sanctions Form and follow the instructions on the form.     

b.   Sanctions are imposed: After meeting with the student, the instructor may conclude that the allegation(s) and sanction(s) stand.  The student in this case has one of two options. 

                                        i.    Student accepts sanctions: If the student accepts the allegations and sanctions, then the student must sign and date the Allegations and Sanctions Stand and Student Accepts Consequences form and the instructor must follow the instructions on the form.   

                                       ii.    Student does not accept the allegation(s) and sanction(s): If the student does not accept the allegation(s) and  sanction(s), the student must sign and date the Allegations and Sanctions Stand and Student Does Not Agree form. The instructor is to explain to the student that his/her signature on this line preserves his/her right to a formal hearing of the incident. The instructor must follow the instructions on the form and the Office of Student Conflict Resolution will make all arrangements for a formal hearing. 

*The burden of proof in an academic integrity breach is a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) that the incident occurred.  The burden of proof is on the instructor filing the complaint.

Form Retention: All copies of any of the above forms that compiled the total record of an academic integrity incident must be maintained by the faculty member as a hard copy for a period of five years. 

Confidentiality: In accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, any information relating to an alleged violation of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy or to the outcome of a judicial hearing must be treated as strictly confidential by members of the faculty.