Dear CSUF Faculty,
Excellence in teaching, research and scholarship is predicated upon maintaining an environment conductive to educational pursuits. Promoting knowledge and understanding of the University’s standards of conduct is foundational to maintaining such an environment, as is challenging and correcting misconduct which is disruptive to that environment.
Faculty, by virtue of their contact with students in classroom situations, have the greatest opportunity to prevent, identify and report acts of academic dishonesty and disruptive behavior.
Academic Integrity and Faculty Responsibility
The best way to ensure academic integrity in the University community is by raising levels of awareness through prevention.
Most reported cases of academic dishonesty do not require extensive paperwork
. When faculty follow appropriate procedures (discussion with the student, a brief written report) as outlined in Academic Dishonesty UPS 300.021
, their further involvement often is unnecessary.
Although records of all disciplinary action are maintained for a minimum of seven years by the Dean of Students, Student Conduct, only designated sanctions appear as disciplinary notations (disciplinary probation, suspension, expulsion) on student academic transcripts.
Not reporting cases of academic dishonesty in the classroom, no matter how seemingly trivial, does more harm than good since repeat offenders may go undetected, honest students are penalized and are given the impression that academic integrity is of minor importance to the faculty.
Reporting acts of academic dishonesty to the Dean of Students Office, Student Conduct protects everyone. Faculty fulfill their obligation under University policy, students are ensured specific processes for contesting allegations of dishonesty and the academic community is protected against recidivism. The Office serves as the central repository for all reports.
Selected University Policies
Faculty will want to become familiar with the following policies which address procedures for addressing issues of academic dishonesty.
Students must abide by the standards of behaviors outlined for all CSU students.
Reporting Acts of Dishonesty to Student Conduct
If an instructor believes that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred in a class, the following steps should be taken:
Gather all pertinent information such as tests, reports, computer programs and other academic assignments.
As soon as possible, meet with the student to discuss the incident. This is the student’s opportunity to understand why the behavior is unacceptable and how the situation might have been handled differently. If circumstances prevent consultation with the student, the instructor may assign an appropriate sanction (subject to student appeal).
If the student denies the violation, the student should explain what he or she believed happened.
If the instructor determines that the student has violated the standards, he or she should be informed that a grade penalty will be assessed (e.g., F in the course, 0 on the assignment, etc.). Inform the student that you will be reporting the incident to the Department Chairperson and the Dean of Students Office, Student Conduct.
The student shall be allowed to attend all classes and complete all assignments until the due process procedures are complete (Academic Appeals Board renders a decision.)
The instructor will submit a written report Report of Academic Integrity Violation
of the violation and grade sanction to the Department Chairperson and Sandra Rhoten, Associate Dean, Dean of Students Office, Student Conduct as soon as possible, preferably within 15 calendar days from discovery, but no later
than 30 calendar days after the first day of classes of the regular semester following the grade assignment. Copies of the supporting documents such as the exam, crib notes or the plagiarized paper with a copy of source material should be included with the report to Student Conduct.
The student may accept voluntary resolution of the complaint by the Student Conduct Administrator who is the Associate Dean, Dean of Students Office, Student Conduct, which may include warning, probation, suspension, expulsion and/or other educational sanctions.
A formal hearing of the allegation may occur before a Hearing Officer appointed by the President, with the Student Conduct Administrator representing the University. The instructor may be called to present testimony.
After reviewing the Hearing Officer’s written report, the President shall make the final decision regarding disciplinary action.
Academic Integrity Documents
A student accused of academic dishonesty has an opportunity to appeal the grade penalty through the Academic Appeals Committee. If a student is exercising that right, the conduct process is placed on hold until the committee has rendered a final decision in the matter.
Academic Integrity Resources
The Dean of Students Office, Student Conduct has developed resources to assist faculty as they respond to such issues:
Education of Students Concerning University Standards
Through presentations, publications and outreach projects, Student Conduct prepares students for success in the academic community by articulating University standards and promoting strategies enabling students to live and function successfully within the university community.
The Associate Dean of Students, Student Conduct, Sandra Rhoten, is available to do classroom presentations on academic integrity for your classes. Please contact her at X4436 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Integrity is an essential component of all students’ academic experience. In order for students to be successful, they will need to understand the expectations that the university has for their scholarly work.
Classroom presentations range from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. Longer presentations may include:
- Integrity quiz covering definitions, prohibited behavior, strategies
- Small group discussion
- Overview of attribution/citation methods
- Consequences of academic dishonesty (grade sanction/disciplinary record/suspension)
- Issues identified by the instructors
Links to University Resources