Questions related to the University of Lynchburg’s Honor & Student Conduct Codes and Regulations should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students.
Reporting Academic Misconduct
A faculty member who believes that a student may have committed an academic integrity violation has four options for addressing the alleged misconduct, which are outlined in the section Action by the Faculty Member of the Academic Integrity portion of the Honor Code. Before deciding which resolution option to implement, a faculty member is encouraged to meet with the student to explain the academic integrity concern and to listen to the student’s response and perspective. Also, a faculty member is encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students (114 Hundley Hall, 434.544.8226) to consult with Carole Furter, Associate Dean of Students, or Matt Scruggs, Assistant Dean of Students, about addressing alleged violations of the Honor Code.
Three of the options available to faculty for addressing suspected academic misconduct affect only the student’s grade:
- Grant no credit for the examination or assignment in question (100% of the course grade is based on all other work)
- Assign a grade of “F” or score of zero for the examination or assignment in question
- Recommend to the Provost that the student be dropped immediately from the course with a grade of “F” – the Provost (or designee) notifies both the student and the faculty member whether the recommendation is upheld
In accordance with the Honor Code, when implementing one of these grade-related options, the faculty member is strongly encouraged to notify the Office of the Dean of Students that an academic integrity violation occurred and that he/she has resolved the incident. Such notification is necessary to identify recurring problems and to maintain accurate academic integrity records; however, no new action to address the violation will be taken by the Office of the Dean of Students.
The fourth option available to faculty for addressing suspected academic misconduct is to refer the matter to the Office of the Dean of Students for review through student disciplinary procedures detailed in the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and Regulations. To make such a referral, a faculty member completes the form, Faculty Referral of a Possible Academic Integrity Violation. If relevant to the incident, the following documents should be submitted with the completed referral form:
- A copy of the problematic work
- Any supporting documents (e.g., cheat sheet, the original source article from which an essay was plagiarized, originality report from Turnitin.com, etc.)
- A copy of the syllabus section(s) relevant to the case (e.g., reference to the Honor Code, explanation that group work is prohibited on the assignment, instruction not to use outside sources for the assignment, etc.)
- Emails exchanged with the student regarding the assignment, and/or
- Any other documents needed for a third party to have a full understanding of the reported incident
Participating in a Judicial Board Hearing
A faculty member may be asked to contribute to a judicial board hearing as a witness, character reference, or disciplinary process advisor. For any hearing, an individual may serve in only one capacity. Faculty members are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students (114 Hundley Hall, 434.544.8226) if additional information is needed about the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and Regulations.