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a) A Chair of the Board who shall be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will oversee all procedures of this policy.
b) At least five full-time faculty members with at least one from each of the four colleges nominated by the deans of those colleges. At least some of those faculty members should be regularly involved in teaching graduate courses. The faculty members will normally serve for three year terms.
c) At least four undergraduate students from each college who have at least sophomore status and at least one graduate student from each college. Sophomores will serve a three year term, juniors and seniors will serve until the time they would normally graduate. Graduate students will serve a three year term (or will serve until they graduate).
The Vice President for Academic Affairs may appoint new members at any time. If a vacancy in the Board of Academic Integrity occurs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs may appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term. Any member may be reappointed. To provide continuity and consistency, members' terms will be staggered.
a) The Chair of the Board of Academic Integrity, who will be a nonvoting member and will provide continuity among the various Hearing Panels to be convened;
b) One faculty member, preferably from the college of the course involved in the alleged violation;
c) Two other faculty members, preferably one of these faculty members will be from the student's college, if different from that of the faculty member;
d) Two students.
If the Chair is unavailable to serve on a particular Hearing Panel, the VPAA may appoint a temporary substitute from among the members of the board. If the case involves a graduate student, the student members will be graduate students, and the faculty members will be selected from those who regularly teach graduate courses.
At any time after a complaint has been filed, the Chair of the Board may, at his or her sole discretion, put a Judicial Hold on the accused student's academic records in order to preserve the status quo pending the outcome of proceedings under these procedures. The student will be notified of this Judicial Hold. The Judicial Hold will prevent, among other things, registration, the release of transcripts and the awarding of a diploma. If the penalty for the violation is an F for the course, the student will not be permitted to withdraw from the course. If, after the penalty grade has been taken into account, the student is still passing the course, the student may withdraw from the course prior to the final deadline for withdrawing from a course. The academic integrity violation will still be noted on the student's record even if the student withdraws from the course.
a) Members of the Hearing Panel shall disqualify themselves from hearing a case if they feel their capacity for making an objective judgment in the case is or may reasonably appear to be impaired. Members should not disqualify themselves for any other reason. A disqualified member will be replaced with another member of the same category if possible. If another member of the same category is not available, the Chair of the Board of Academic Integrity will select another member of the Board to fill the vacancy.
b) An accused student or a complainant may object for specific cause to any single panel member assigned to hear the case. The objection must be written and received by the Chair at least forty-eight hours before the hearing. Upon ruling that a challenge is valid, the Chair, after notifying the accused student and the complainant, shall replace the challenged member with another from the same category if possible. If another member of the same category is not available, the Chair of the Board of Academic Integrity will select another member of the Board to fill the vacancy.
c) An accused student or complainant may object for good cause to the replacement member within a reasonably prompt time of the member's appointment, but not later than the beginning of the hearing. The Chair shall rule upon the objection, and, if the objection is accepted, the Chair will select another member of the Board to fill the vacancy.
The student shall appear before the Hearing Panel at the scheduled time and place to explain his or her conduct. The faculty member and the faculty member's chairperson need not appear at the hearing, although each may, with the approval of the Chair, attend the hearing and address the Hearing Panel. Any member of the Hearing Panel may question the student or the faculty member. The Hearing Panel shall deliberate and determine the facts of the matter in accordance with the Deliberation and Penalty provisions of these procedures.
If the panel determines that the student has committed an academic integrity violation, the Chair will so inform the student, and all parties. The Chair will inform the student of the right to appeal.
In any case where the student is found innocent, the Chair will inform all the parties, and keep a confidential file of the case. The faculty member's dean will ask the faculty member to regrade the original assignment on the assumption that no violation has occurred. The faculty member will be informed by the Chair of the right to appeal.
The minutes of the hearing or hearings will be part of the official confidential file to be kept by the Chair of the Board of Academic Integrity. The minutes should include the names of the student, the faculty member, the panel members, and any witnesses, advisers, or other individuals who attended the hearing, and should tell the result of the panel's decision. The minutes should not include the actual vote count. The Chair may, at his or her sole discretion, also summarize information that was brought up in the hearing but that does not appear in the record.
If the student fails to appear for the hearing, the Hearing Panel will make its judgment on the basis of the evidence presented at the hearing, and the student will forfeit any right to a further hearing.
December, 1998 (updated July 2, 2002