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UT Tyler Judicial Affairs

Scholastic Dishonesty

UT Tyler Honor Code: I embrace honor and integrity. Therefore, I choose not to lie, cheat, or steal, nor to accept the actions of those who do.

When a faculty member suspects that a student has violated university regulations concerning scholastic dishonesty, the faculty member has two options: the faculty member may refer the case to the Director of Judicial Affairs, or the faculty member may meet with the student(s) involved and discuss the alleged violation and the evidence that supports the charge. In either instance, it is important that the Office of Judicial Affairs receives a report of the incident.

Reasons to Report

  • By submitting a report to the Office of Judicial Affairs, we will be able to inform you if students have had previous instances of academic misconduct.
  • Reporting ensures that our records stay the most up to date.
  • Academic Integrity matters. It's important that our students embrace the honor code and understand what they're working toward.
  • Reporting allows the Office of Judicial Affairs to reach out to the student and notify them of the appeals and hearing process, relieving faculty members of liability.

Students and staff who wish to report an instance of academic misconduct can click here for the online reporting form.

Faculty members who wish to report an instance of academic misconduct can click here for the online reporting form

Examples of Scholastic Dishonesty

Visit Section 8-802 of the Manual of Policy and Procedures.

For Faculty: Meeting with the Student

You may meet with the student to discuss the incident. If the student does not contest the charges, the faculty member may assess an academic penalty.

Academic penalties allowed are:

  • Written warning that further scholastic violations may result in a more severe penalty.
  • No credit or reduced credit for the paper, assignment or test in question.
  • Retaking of examination or resubmission of assignment.
  • Failing grade or reduced final grade for the course.

After meeting with the student, you will submit an incident report to our office located here so that we may notify the students of their rights to appeal or proceed to a full hearing.

 If a student contests the charges, the incident should be referred to Judicial Affairs for further action. You may refer the instance of misconduct to our office at any point at which you prefer a third party to review the case or would like some guidance on how to proceed.

Referrals to Judicial Affairs

Faculty members should use the online reporting form located at this link to submit a referral of Scholastic Dishonesty. After conferring with the faculty member, the DJA will summon the student and proceed with the UT Tyler judicial process. More information on the judicial process is available at this link.

Appeals

Students may appeal the decision of a faculty member by giving written notice to the Office of Judicial Affairs within 14 days from the date on which the decision was announced. The appeal is conducted in accordance with subchapter 8-600 of the Manual of Policies and Procedures. The appeal is restricted to the issue of penalty, and no transcript shall be required. More information on the appeals process is available at this link.

 

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