This is the academic misconduct page for faculty. For students, refer to this page.
Faculty are essential in upholding the highest academic standards. Your efforts to prevent and address academic misconduct is appreciated by the entire University community. This website is designed to provide information and resources to support you in understanding the process, performing your role in documenting and reporting academic misconduct, and setting up your students to succeed in your class(es) with integrity.
When an instructor observes or discovers a potential act of academic misconduct, the instructor should document it and collect information with particular attention to the behavior that violates the Code. Instructors may, but are not required to, contact students before submitting a report in order to assess accuracy of information indicating whether or not academic misconduct occurred, to explore the manner or context of the observed behavior, to ascertain information integral to the report, or to give additional notice that an Academic Misconduct Report is forthcoming. If the instructor believes that the collected information indicates a violation of the Academic Misconduct policy, they should consult with their department head (in accordance with AR 15 and departmental protocols) and then submit an Academic Misconduct Report. The report provides a portal for uploading all documents related to the allegation of academic misconduct, which could include physical evidence of misconduct, the course syllabus, email correspondence, etc. Once a report is submitted, the instructor’s primary responsibilities are managing any grade adjustments pending the outcome of the Academic Integrity Process or providing additional information to a College Hearing Officer or Appellate Officer, as needed.
After you submit an Academic Misconduct Report, the College Hearing Officer (CHO) designated for your college will facilitate the Academic Integrity Process to bring the case to resolution. This will include a number of steps, including:
The CHO contacts the student to officially notify them of the allegation and provide them an opportunity to participate in the academic integrity process. A CHO will share information as needed with appropriate parties.
If you observe potential academic misconduct, you may choose to interrupt or prevent it before it clearly becomes a reportable offense. Examples of this could be requesting that students sit multiple seats apart or reminding a class that books, papers and phones should be inside bags and out of view.
However, if you believe that academic misconduct is occurring, and therefore you are going to need to make an Academic Misconduct Report, it will be preferred that you continue to observe and collect information. If possible, collect as many details about what you are observing, so that in your report you can reference explicit details. For example, a description such as
“I saw Student A look onto Student B’s exam 7 times in two minutes and at the time, student A was filling out answers 15-30 on his exam. Those questions would usually take a student and average of 15 minutes to complete. Upon comparison of tests, Student A and Student B had the same answers on questions 15-30, including three incorrect answers,”
is a much more measurable observation than -
“I saw student A copy off of student B’s paper. I took Student A’s essay and told him I would be reporting him for Academic Misconduct.”
If possible, ask another faculty member or objective person, such as a GTA or exam proctor, to observe the area and independently note what they observe. Such efforts to continue observation, rather than acting on an initial impression, will promote effective reporting. After the exam or assignment is complete, you may address and report the incident as guided by the policy and process.
In an effort to prevent academic misconduct, we are providing tips and strategies that you can utilize in your classroom. This tool is intended for you to use in addition to your syllabus as a way to provide clear guidelines for students in terms of what you expect of them and their assignments.
Click for more tips and information to help prevent academic misconduct: Tips for Faculty
One method of clearly articulating expectations of acceptable behavior is through the course syllabus. This document can set the tone and demonstrate your interest in their learning, as well as your commitment to reporting any failure to adhere to your expectations or the Code of Student Conduct. By describing your particular expectations, you remind and educate the student, and by doing so, reduce the likelihood that they engage in unacceptable.
You are expected to do your own work and demonstrate academic integrity in every aspect of this course. Familiarize yourself with the standards set forth in the OSU Code of Student Conduct section 4.2 (available at studentlife.oregonstate.edu/code). You must only access sources and resources authorized by the instructor and correctly cite all sources that contribute to the completion of an assignment. You may not show your work to any other current or future students without the instructor's authorization. Violations of these expectations or the Code of Student Conduct will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. If there is any question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct, it is your responsibility to seek clarification and approval from the instructor prior to acting.
To help prevent misconduct in your class, you might want to think about adding additional information for students in your syllabus outlining your expectations. Consider these questions if your class involves…
You should also consider if you have set standards for recommending academic penalties. Some instructors/colleges have a minimum penalty that they would recommend if a student is found responsible for academic misconduct in their class. Would being found responsible of academic misconduct automatically result in failure of the assignment or course? If so, then you can state so in your syllabus*.
*While the College Hearing Officer has final determination of sanction, you can also set standards for recommended penalties. A College Hearing Officer is likely to support your recommended penalty if you have articulated potential consequences in your syllabus. Work with your College Hearing Officer to align your expectations with the general expectations across your college.