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Scholastic Dishonesty

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 Residence Life and 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.

Meeting With the Student

If the faculty member meets with the student and the student does not dispute the facts that the charge is based on, 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.

The student must execute a written waiver of hearing procedures. The faculty member must notify the student of the penalty in writing, and report the disposition to the DRLJA.  The waiver and written notice are located on the Scholastic Dishonesty Report form.  The faculty member and student should fill out the appropriate sections of this form.  The student should get a copy and the faculty member should forward the original to the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs.

If the faculty member meets with the student and the student disputes the facts that the charge is based on or does not waive their right to a hearing, the faculty member must contact the DRLJA. Faculty members should use the on-line reporting form to submit the information located at this link. The DRLJA will proceed with the hearing process.

Referrals to Judicial Affairs

When the faculty member refers the student to the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs (DRLJA), the faculty member should contact the DRLJA and explain what happened. The faculty member should also provide any evidence that supports the alleged violation to the DRLJA. Faculty members should use the on-line reporting form to submit the information located at this link.  After conferring with the faculty member, the DRLJA 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 DRLJA within fourteen 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.

Examples of Scholastic Dishonesty

The policies listed below are taken from Section 8-802 of the Manual of Policy and Procedures:

b. "Scholastic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor, providing false or misleading information in an effort to receive a postponement or an extension on a test, quiz, or other assignment), or the attempt to commit such an act.

1.  "Cheating" includes, but is not limited to:

A. copying from another student's test paper; using during a test materials not authorized by the 

    person giving the test;

B. failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test;

C. possession during a test of materials which are not authorized by the person giving the test,

    such as class notes or specifically designed "crib notes." The presence of textbooks constitutes

    a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test;

D. using, buying, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of an

    unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program;

E. collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test or other assignment

    without authority;

F. discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination;

G. divulging the contents of an examination, for the purpose of preserving questions for use by

    another, when the instructor has designated that the examination is not to be removed from

    the examination room or not to be returned to or kept by the student;

H. substituting for another person, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself to take

    a course, a test, or any course-related assignment;

I. paying or offering money or other valuable thing to, or coercing another person to obtain an

    unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program, or information about

    an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program;

J. falsifying research data, laboratory reports, and/or other academic work offered for credit;

K. taking, keeping, misplacing, or damaging the property of the university, or of another, if the

    student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair academic advantage would be gained

    by such conduct; and

L. misrepresenting facts, including providing false grades or résumés, for the purpose of

    obtaining an academic or financial benefit for oneself or another individual or injuring another

    student academically or financially.

"Plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the submission of it as one's own academic work offered for credit.

"Collusion" includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules on scholastic dishonesty.

"Falsifying academic records" includes, but is not limited to, altering or assisting in the altering of any official record of the university or the University of Texas System, the submission of false information or the omission of requested information that is required for or related to any academic record of the university or the University of Texas System. Academic records include, but are not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the Office of the Registrar. A former student who engages in such conduct is subject to a bar against readmission, revocation of a degree, and withdrawal of a diploma.

For more information on Scholastic Dishonesty, please see Section 8-304, Section 8-503, and Section 8-802 of Chapter 8 of the Manual of Policy and Procedures.

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