III. Disciplinary Procedure
Any act of academic dishonesty will place the student in jeopardy of suspension from the College.
1. All acts of academic dishonesty, as based on instructor's determination of probable
cause*, and following review with the appropriate Academic Dean, shall be reported in
writing, to the Vice President of Student and Information Services. The faculty member
will submit the completed Academic Dishonesty Report Form to the Vice President of
Student and Information Services, with copies to the student and the appropriate Academic
2. The faculty member reporting an act of academic dishonesty may recommend expulsion from
the College or program, or a lesser disciplinary action such as a failing grade on the
test, paper, project, etc., or a failing grade in the course. In all cases of academic
dishonesty, the proportionality of the sanction is to be considered relative to the
incident. Sanctions less than expulsion should be based on a preponderance of the
evidence**, whereas expulsion from the College or a program should be based on clear and
3. The student accused of academic dishonesty should sign the Academic Dishonesty Report
Form indicating his/her agreement or disagreement with the charge and his/her agreement
or disagreement with the recommended penalty. In the event the student signs the form in
agreement with both the charge and recommended penalty, and if the Vice President of
Student and Information Services accepts the recommended disciplinary action, the student
waives the right to appeal.
4. The Vice President of Student and Information Services shall make available an
opportunity for consultation with both parties. Following consultation (if desired by
either or both parties), the Vice President shall inform in writing the faculty member
and student of his/her acceptance, rejection or modification of the disciplinary
recommendation within seven (7) days of receipt of the Academic Dishonesty Report Form.
5. The Vice President shall inform both parties of the appeal/due process available.
6. The Vice President shall maintain a record of all acts of academic dishonesty.
7. If the disciplinary action taken is a failing grade in the course, the student shall not
be allowed to withdraw from the class with a grade of ‘‘ W.’’
8. Procedural timelines may be waived by the Vice President in the interest of facilitating
due process and fairness.
*Probable cause: reason to believe, based on reliable information, that academic
dishonesty has occurred and that a particular student has committed an act of academic
**Preponderance of the evidence: burden of proof has been established by evidence which
outweighs the evidence against.
***Clear and convincing evidence: the evidence must satisfy that the proposition has
been established with a high degree of probability.
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