Student Academic Misconduct Policy

Integrity is a principle that permeates all the activities of the University and guides the behavior of faculty, students and staff. The spirit of academic integrity denotes adherence to the precept that “one’s work is one’s own.” The process by which integrity is upheld assumes clear communication of University expectations, standards and policies and clear communication of students’ and faculty’s rights and responsibilities. This policy applies to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Definitions

This policy is intended to foster student academic integrity and to address cases of student academic misconduct which may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Course-based Faculty Action

Dismissal from Professionally Accredited Programs

The sanction of dismissal from a professional accredited program (i.e., M.B.A., Nursing, Social Work, Education, etc.) based on an academic misconduct incident may be issued at the departmental level but must follow a clearly stated program policy and procedure that has been made available to students. The program must submit an Academic Misconduct Incident Report and a copy of the program dismissal letter to the student and the Office of Academic Affairs within 10 working days from any dismissal action taken. A copy of all materials or documents associated with the professional program dismissal including, but not limited to, the Academic Misconduct Incident report form, correspondence, etc., should be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs, the Dean of the school within which the program resides, and must also be retained in the department central office for a period of five years.

Student Appeals

A student has the right to appeal an Academic Misconduct sanction issued by a faculty member or professional program, but must follow the following procedures:

APC Actions

Under this policy, the Academic Policies Committee serves to consider student appeals of faculty-imposed and professional program-imposed sanctions, adjudicates cases referred by faculty members where the recommended sanction may include suspension or expulsion from the University, and considers additional sanctions above and beyond faculty imposed sanctions in cases of repeat offenders. For appeals of faculty imposed and professional program-imposed sanctions, the APC’s scope of review will be limited and the student shall have the burden to prove that the faculty member or professional program exceeded their given authority and/or discretion and/or materially failed to follow proper procedures.

In all matters referred to the Academic Policies Committee, the committee will review all documentation and will have the following options:

  • render a written decision based on the evidence submitted, or
  • render a written decision based on further investigation, or
  • initiate a formal hearing and render a written decision.

Appeals from Academic Policies Committee Findings

For student appeals of faculty imposed sanctions the decision of the Academic Policies Committee is final. For sanctions imposed by the APC (e.g. suspension or expulsion from the university or additional sanctions imposed by the Academic Policy Committee for repeat offenders) and committee findings of sanctions imposed by a professional program (e.g. dismissal from the program), the student or the professional program may appeal the Committee’s findings to the Provost. Appeals must be filed within five working days of receiving notice of the committee’s decision. The written appeal must be filed with the Provost and should set forth all of the reasons that support reversal of the committee’s findings. The Provost will review the written appeal and the documentation associated with the case. The Provost has the discretion to take any action necessary to thoroughly complete a review, and then will issue a decision, which will be binding and final. The decision will be conveyed in writing to the student, the faculty member, department chair, dean of the school, Registrar, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Academic Policies Committee.

Impact of an Academic Misconduct F Grade

If the sanction imposed is an F in the course, the student shall not be permitted to withdraw from the course even if the sanction was imposed prior to the last day of the University schedule adjustment period. The imposition of an F grade shall stand for the course, unless the student successfully appeals the sanction.

Although students can repeat courses, a course repeated based on an imposed F grade for an act of academic misconduct will have both grades calculated in the student’s GPA and not replaced as it is under normal circumstances. The sanction of an F in a course will not be designated on the transcript as an academic integrity F unless it is an action determined by the Academic Policies Committee for an academic integrity violation repeat offender. A student who has received a course grade of F for an academic integrity violation will not be allowed to graduate from the University with honors.

University System of Maryland Policy

In accordance with Board of Regents policy, students expelled or suspended for reasons of academic dishonesty by any institution in the University System of Maryland shall not be admissible to any other System institution if expelled, or during any period of suspension.