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Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty

The Honor Statement of the Student Code of Conduct encourages each student to make a personal commitment to academic integrity. In addition, faculty members also have the responsibility to define and set guidelines for academic integrity in their courses as well as act on any violation of the Honor Statement. Both faculty members and students are integral parts to ensure that all students are able to have equitable learning environments.

In cases of alleged academic dishonesty, we have outlined steps for both staff/faculty and students. Please follow the steps outlined below:

Steps for Instructors

 Download the Academic Dishonesty Flowchart

  1. Instructor (Or the person teaching the class) discovers a potential case of academic dishonesty.
  2. Document all evidence.
  3. Analyze the information.
  4. Decide whether to refer to SCCS based on the evidence gathered.

If the evidence does not indicate a violation, there is no need to refer to SCCS.

Retain internal documentation for your records. Do not issue a grade penalty.

Process ends.

If the evidence indicates a violation, then follow the next steps.

  1. Inform the student you think they may have engaged in academic misconduct (via email, a meeting, etc.)
  2. Share the allegations and any recommended grade penalty with the student
    • The grade penalty recommendation is at the discretion of the faculty member. Please note the grade penalty recommendation is not final until the SCCS process concludes and there is a finding of responsibility.
  3. If after speaking with the student, you no longer believe a violation occurred, do not refer to SCCS. Retain internal documentation for your records. Do not issue a grade penalty.

Process ends.

If the evidence indicates a violation, then follow the next steps.

  1. Complete the Academic Misconduct Reporting Form
    • This form initiates the SCCS process.
  2. Attach all relevant information supporting the allegation including course syllabus, assignment instructions, and student’s assignments.

SCCS will reach out with any questions and ultimate outcome of the case.  Please contact SCCS for questions and more information about the process at 865-974-3171 or studentconduct@utk.edu.

Additional information on the process can be found in the Student Code of Conduct..

*Individual departments may require internal notification to department heads. Faculty should consult with their department for any department specific requirements.

If you are experiencing problematic behavior from a student, please use our Faculty/Staff Page‘s flow chart to determine the necessary referral process.

Please contact 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 PDF of the flowchart showing the Academic Dishonesty process can be found by clicking this link.

Grade Penalty Appeals

Students have the right to appeal grade penalties through the Undergraduate and Graduate Grade Appeals Process. SCCS does not oversee this process.