Academic Integrity Disciplinary Action Procedures

Practices and Procedures

The EMS Academic Integrity Committee has revised the College's practices pertaining to academic dishonesty cases.  Important new procedures in place for contested cases include:

  1. All contested cases go directly to a hearing at which both the accused student and the course instructor are given the opportunity to speak (separately) to the committee;
  2. A quorum of at least five committee members—including at least one student member—must  be present at the hearing;
  3. Conference call or Skype attendance will be available for either the student or instructor if in-person attendance at the hearing is not possible (especially for on-line course cases);
  4. Cases will be adjudicated and resolved based on the existence of a “preponderance of the evidence,” which translates as “more likely than not,”
  5. Cases will be resolved by means of a majority vote by the committee (versus unanimous vote);
  6. Technical experts will assist in determining culpability for online course cases;
  7. If prior infractions of academic dishonesty exist, the associate dean, in consultation with the course instructor, may assign a more stringent sanction;
  8. The “Sanctioning Guidelines,” were updated recently to the University’s G-9 Academic Integrity policy.