At the conclusion of the investigation a determination letter is sent to the accused and accuser.
If the Academic Integrity Officer determines that there is clear and convincing evidence that a violation has occurred, a sanction will be imposed.
If the determination is that there is not clear and convincing evidence of a violation the matter will be closed with no further action taken (the materials will either be returned to the accuser or destroyed).
In either outcome, both the accused and the accuser may appeal the decision. The written appeal must be submitted to the Office of Judicial Affairs & Academic Integrity within 5 business days of receipt of the outcome.
Upon receipt of an appeal, all parties will be notified in writing and a University Honor Council hearing will be scheduled accordingly.
NOTE: A student may appeal a University Honor Council outcome to the University Appeal Board.
In considering an appeal, the University Appeal Board shall consider only the following issues:
- Whether the original board's process was conducted fairly and in accordance with prescribed procedures.
- Whether there is new evidence or relevant information not available at the time of the original hearing that, if consequential, shall result in a remanding of the case to the original board.
- Whether the original decision is supported by substantial evidence.
- Whether the University regulations alleged to have been violated were properly interpreted or applied by the original board.
- Whether the sanction imposed was proportionate to the gravity of the misconduct.
University Rules and Procedures