This is the academic misconduct page for students. For faculty, please refer to this page.
OSU students and graduates benefit significantly from the university's emphasis and value of academic and scholarly integrity. All community members contribute to fostering an environment where learning and academic achievement is earned with fairness, honor, and integrity. Prior to attending OSU, students may have experienced differing expectations and practices when it comes to academic performance, but by attending OSU, you have chosen to hold yourself to a shared standard of practice in completing academic work. Understanding what you are responsible for and what the expectations are for students in essential for avoiding academic misconduct. In addition to learning the responsibilities and expectations, students should also learn the appropriate resources available and enhance study habits and skills in order to never feel the need to engage in academic misconduct.
If you’ve been accused of Academic Misconduct, you should read your email thoroughly and remain in communication with whomever contacted you to discuss the allegation of Academic Misconduct. Students are afforded opportunities to effectively participate in response to an allegation in accordance with the Academic Integrity Process (Section 5.11 of the Code, and included on this page). Here are some general things to know if you have been accused of academic misconduct:
From Code Section 5.11: Academic Integrity Process: Academic misconduct violations (see Section 4.2) are primarily investigated and adjudicated within the academic College in which the alleged violation was reported. The alleged violations are resolved via the academic integrity process in which the student is invited to participate. The purpose of this process is to provide an equitable forum for the review of the available information regarding an alleged incident of misconduct. The hearing authority will decide by a preponderance of the evidence whether or not the accused student is found responsible for the charge(s). The following procedures will be used in an academic misconduct review process.
If found responsible, the College Hearing Officer (or other hearing body if referred to SCCS) will make a determination of sanctions that are appropriate to the violation and the surrounding context (which may include consideration of prior violations). College Hearing Officers are authorized to assign Academic Sanctions as described in the Code.
From Code Section 6.1.8: Academic Sanction: Students whose behavior is found to constitute Academic Misconduct as defined in Section 4.2 are subject to additional academic sanctions, which may include, but are not limited to, failing the course, restriction from course withdrawal, grade replacement provisions, or removal from an academic department, college or program. Students may also be sanctioned to complete the online Academic Integrity Course.
A hearing resulting from a referral to SCCS could result in Academic Sanctions, as well as University-level sanctions, such as University Conduct Probation, Conduct Suspension, Expulsion, or Degree Revocation.
Students responding to an allegation of misconduct may not feel experienced or prepared to engage the process alone. To support students through the process, OSU has ways for students to obtain and utilize the support they need to effectively participate in a conduct process. See information below about Advisors, as permitted in the Code, and the Office of Advocacy.
From Code section 5.5: Advisors. At any stage of the process, an Accused Student, accused Student Organization, or Complainant may be accompanied by any one (1) advisor of the Student's or Student Organization’s choice, so long as the advisor is not a party to the alleged incident (such as a witness, complainant, or additionally accused student) and that their presence, participation, or availability does not hamper the timeliness or procedure of a meeting, investigation, or hearing. The advisor is not permitted to speak on behalf of the Student or Student Organization in a conduct hearing or meeting; the Student or Student Organization will be expected to speak for themselves at all times. By bringing an advisor, the student explicitly consents to university officials speaking openly regarding student information in the presence of any advisor while they accompany a student. If Students or Student Organizations wish to waive their privacy rights to give further permission to the University to otherwise share private information, they may do so in writing via the Student Conduct and Community Standards office.
One of the resources supported by the Associated Students of Oregon State University is the Office of Advocacy. The Office of Advocacy can provide advice and guidance for students preparing to respond to an allegation of academic misconduct. Information about the Office of Advocacy, including how to contact the office or schedule a meeting with an advocate, can be found at their website: asosu.oregonstate.edu/asosu/advocacy
An appeal is not a second hearing of the case, but rather a review of the process and information to determine if the process provided met the standards of the Code.
An appeal must be submitted within 5 business days and be in congruence with one or more listed grounds for appeal as described in Section 8 of the code, which include:
For findings of academic misconduct by a College Hearing Officer, appeals will be heard by the designated authority, based on the student’s program of enrollment. Undergraduate Student appeals will be reviewed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, or their designee. Most graduate student appeals will be reviewed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, or their designee. Graduate student appeals, where the Graduate School College Hearing Officer heard the original case, as well as for students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and the College of Veterinary Sciences, will be reviewed by the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
From Code section 5.6: Accessibility. SCCS is committed to making the student conduct process as accessible as possible for all students. Students unable to participate in person may request arrangements to participate in other ways (including by providing written statements, through telephonic or online means, etc.). Students with disabilities have the right to reasonable accommodation. Non-native English speakers may request translation services. Students who require a disability accommodation, language support, who are off campus or otherwise indisposed, or who may have other factors that could impact their ability to participate in the student conduct process should contact SCCS at least 3 days prior to a meeting, conference or hearing at [email protected] to make a request, which will then be reviewed by SCCS. SCCS’s ability to meet requests may be limited without enough advance notice.
Information related to alleged academic misconduct will remain in a student conduct file in accordance with the University’s records-retention policy for a minimum of 7 years. More information regarding conduct records is available in Section 6.3 of the Code of Student Conduct.
OSU has observed a trend of increased availability of websites and businesses online that offer services that are by their nature violations of the Academic Misconduct policy if used by an OSU student.
Examples of “services” from such websites/businesses include: paying or rewarding students to upload tests and assignments they completed for OSU classes, offering to complete academic work on student's behalf, including assignments, tests and even classes on behalf of a student for pay, offering unapproved “tutoring” services that perform assistance beyond what is approved or allowable, or offering unapproved test and proctoring services. Such services are prohibited.
Some websites represent themselves as legitimate or explicitly state that they help students avoid academic misconduct, but these are often misrepresentations. Furthermore, college students and international students have been targeted by these websites and have experienced negative impacts including loss of funds, violations of the Academic Misconduct policy, and suspension or expulsion.
If you have questions or wish to pursue the use of online resources, check with your instructor for each course to ensure you understand what is allowable and authorized for a particular assignment. Instructors understand that use of online resources can enhance the learning experience and this provides them the opportunity to articulate what is acceptable for their class.