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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:

  1. Instructor (Or the person teaching the class) discovers a potential case of academic dishonesty.
  2. Instructor notifies the student of the potential academic dishonesty and provides the student an informal opportunity to respond to the allegation.
  3. After giving the student notice and an informal opportunity to respond, if the instructor concludes it is more likely than not that the student engaged in academic dishonesty, then the instructor may proceed with recommending an appropriate grade penalty and refer the incident to SCCS. The decision as to what the grade penalty to issue is the decision of the faculty or staff member.
  4. If a grade penalty is imposed, the instructor must submit notice to the student. This sample academic letter may help craft a notice to the student. Notice should include specifics of the allegations, recommended academic penalty, information on the student’s options to appeal,  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
  5. Instructor (the person teaching the class) makes the official referral to SCCS by completing the Academic Misconduct Reporting Form. This form initiates the SCCS process.
    • Please attach course syllabus, assignment instructions, student’s assignment, and any other relevant materials supporting the allegation

*In lieu of emailing SCCS the notice, you may attach it to the Academic Misconduct Reporting Form.

Once an official referral is made to SCCS, a staff member will reach out regarding the status and ultimate outcome of the case. 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 in the Student Code of Conduct.

  1. The student will be contacted via email by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) with an appointment time to meet and discuss the incident. This meeting is called an Educational Conference. The student may appeal the instructor’s allegation and/or academic penalty during this Educational Conference with a Student Conduct staff member.
  2. SCCS may continue to investigate or make an outcome recommendation. If it is more likely than not that a violation of academic dishonesty occurred, a sanction will be recommended.
  3. The student may accept responsibility and/or sanction or request a formal hearing. SCCS will explain all resolution options and allow the student to decide how to resolve their case.

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.