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Faculty/Staff

Faculty and staff members can be confronted by situations with students that should be directed to our office. These situations include: Academic Dishonesty, Disruptive Behavior, and other violations of the university’s Standards of Conduct. Please use the resources in this area and determine the best course of action.

Academic Dishonesty

The Honor Statement as printed in Hilltopics encourages each student to make a personal commitment to academic integrity. In addition, faculty members also have responsibility to define and set guidelines for academic integrity in their courses as well as act on any violation of the Honor Statement.

In cases of alleged academic dishonesty, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is a resource for both students and faculty members. Below is a basic step-by-step explanation of this process for faculty members.

  1. Instructor identifies suspected case of academic dishonesty.
  2. The instructor gives student notice orally or in writing about the alleged academic dishonesty, describes the evidence supporting the allegation, and gives the student an informal opportunity to respond to the allegation(s) and evidence.
    • The instructor may proceed with imposing an academic penalty for academic dishonesty if the student has not responded to the instructor’s notice to the student concerning the alleged academic dishonesty within 5 business days.
  3. After giving the student notice and an informal opportunity to respond, if the instructor concludes that the student engaged in academic dishonesty, then the instructor may take any or all of the following actions;
    • Impose an academic penalty of a failing or reduced grade in an academic exercise, assignment, examination, and/or course; loss of credit for the work involved; an assignment to repeat the work, to be graded on its merits; or an oral or written reprimand.
  4. Instructor notifies student via email, of the allegation in the format of the sample academic letter. This letter should include specifics of the violation, the professorial penalty and should be countersigned by the department head. Copies of this letter should be emailed to:
    • Administrative head of the instructor’s academic unit,
    • Head of the academic unit in which the student is enrolled.
    • Student Conduct and Community Standards at studentconduct@utk.edu
    • Betsy Smith, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards at bbsmith@utk.edu.
  5. Instructor saves documents, correspondence, and notes related to the allegation.
  6. Students have 5 days to submit an appeal to Student Conduct and Community Standards. If a student chooses to appeal, a Student Conduct Assistant will investigate further and contact the instructor with additional information about the process.

Please contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards for questions and more information about the process at 865-974-3171 or studentconduct@utk.edu

Additional information on the process can be found starting on pages 22 and 23 of the Student Code of Conduct. A flowchart showing the Academic Dishonesty process can be found here.

  1. If the student wishes to appeal the allegation and/or penalty, they must submit an appeal in writing to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards within 5 days of receiving the letter from the instructor.
  2. The student will be contacted via email by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards with an appointment time to meet and discuss the incident.
    • Student Conduct will take into consideration the student’s prior disciplinary record when reviewing the allegations and making sanction recommendations.
  3. The student may accept responsibility/sanction or request a Student Conduct Board.

Please contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards for questions and more information about the process at 865-974-3171 or studentconduct@utk.edu

Additional information on the process can be found starting on pages 22 and 23 of the Student Code of Conduct. A flowchart showing the Academic Dishonesty process can be found here.

Disruptive Behavior

Faculty and staff members who witness students violating the university’s Standards of Conduct should contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. Please use the Incident Report form.

Please refer to the Distressed Student Protocol for students that exhibit questionable behavior through their class work, actions, or otherwise.

 

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