Academic Honesty Process

The Academic Honesty Policy is created and defined by members of the academic community, recommended by the Faculty Senate and adopted by the Board of Trustees. The processes necessary to support this policy are managed and facilitated by the Office of Student Conduct. If you have any questions, please call the OSC at (269) 387-2160.

Academic integrity process at a glance

Step 1: Charging a Student with Academic Dishonesty

Faculty are asked to follow the “Instructions for Online Submission of Academic Misconduct Charges” above.  After submission of your charges, please submit the course syllabus, original assignment, and supporting documentation (papers, exam(s), source material, etc.) via email to: and Submitted files must be .docx, .doc, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, .mp3, .mp4, .txt, or .mov format. Upon submission of charges, a hold is placed on the student’s account. OSC will contact the student for an appointment to meet with a staff member. During the meeting with the student, an Academic Dishonesty Process form will be completed.

Step 2: If the Student Accepts Responsibility for Academic Dishonesty

The faculty member will be contacted by an OSC staff member and apprised of the student’s acceptance of responsibility. The faculty member may determine the grade penalty (if any), which includes a reduced or failing grade for the assignment as well as any grade penalty up to and including an E for the course. The OSC may also assess non-grade related sanctions.

Step 3 (if needed): If the Student Does Not Accept Responsibility for Academic Dishonesty

A hearing will be held between the student and the instructor, with the instructor serving as the hearing officer OR with the student, instructor, and an Academic Integrity Hearing Panel (AIHP), with the AIHP serving as the hearing body. OSC will contact the faculty member to determine their hearing preference. An AIHP consists of three faculty members and two students. Panel members are selected using procedures established by the Professional Concerns Committee of the Faculty Senate. At the conclusion of either type of hearing, a determination of responsible or not responsible will be made by the hearing officer or hearing body. The AIHP does not determine any outcome beyond the finding of responsible or not responsible.

Additional information

If a finding of "not responsible" has been made

All charges are dismissed and no grade penalties or sanctions are applied.

If a finding of "responsible" has been made

A finding of responsible occurs based on a student’s acceptance of responsibility or as the result of a hearing with the instructor or AIHP. The faculty member may impose a grade penalty up to failure for the course. Grade decisions based on a finding of responsible for academic dishonesty may not be appealed. Once a finding of responsible has been determined, further class attendance depends on the grade penalty imposed by the instructor and/or sanctions from OSC. If the instructor decides to fail the student in the course, the student is not permitted to continue attending class. Additional penalties ranging from a warning to explusion from the university may be assessed by the OSC.

If the student wants to appeal a finding of responsibility after a hearing with the instructor

A student may appeal the decision resulting from a hearing with the instructor to an AIHP within five (5) university business days.  The decision of the Academic Integrity Hearing Panel is final and may not be appealed.

While a case is pending

The student has the right to attend and participate in the class. If the case is pending at the end of the semester, the instructor must assign an incomplete grade and submit a change of grade form to the registrar’s office once the process is complete.

A case is considered pending until one of two events occurs:

  1. The student accepts responsibility.
  2. The hearing process is completed.