Academic Integrity Committee

Composition

The committee will consist of five faculty members and three professional staff who are directly involved with the Undergraduate programs of the University and three undergraduate students. The five faculty members and three professional staff may serve two consecutive three-year terms; student committee members may serve two years.

The 11-member Academic Integrity Committee will elect a Chair. The Chair will be a faculty member from this group.

Function of the Committee

The committee will meet and act under one of the following circumstances:

  • Appeals: An individual has exhausted established departmental appeals regarding an academic integrity infraction [e.g., faculty member, program director (if applicable), and department chair]. The Academic Integrity Committee will review letters of appeal and any additional documentation (e.g., letters to student from faculty member, program director (if appropriate), (1) to refuse the appeal, in which case the recommendation made by the department chair or unit head will stand, or (2) to accept the appeal, and conduct a hearing to address the appeal. All committee decisions will be communicated in writing to the student within ten academic days. The Academic Integrity Committee chair hand delivers a letter to the student or sends the letter through the campus post office where the student must sign to receive the letter. The Academic Integrity Committee is empowered to modify sanctions and remedies based on their review. These modifications may be more severe than the initial sanctions or remedies and could include a recommendation for suspension or dismissal from the University.
  • A student requests a removal of the XF grade from their transcript (see "XF Transcript Course Grade Notation for Violations of Academic Integrity").
  • A department chair recommends suspension or dismissal from the University as a consequence for academic integrity violations.
  • The academic dean informs the committee chair of two or more incidents of academic integrity violations by a student. The committee reviews letters documenting infractions provided by the academic dean. One of two actions may take place: (1) The committee may decide that the infractions were handled appropriately and no further action is required; or (2) The committee may decide there is reason to be concerned about recurring offenses of academic integrity and conduct a hearing, which may result in additional sanctions, including suspension or dismissal from the university.

Conduct of Meeting of the Committee

  • A regular time is reserved for meetings of the Academic Integrity Committee, as agreed by committee members; however, the committee members will convene to perform their functions (above) or to engage in training and preparation.
  • All meetings are held in the strictest confidence. Records of the meetings are kept in the office of the academic deans. The decision/outcome of the meeting will be communicated to the department chair, program director (if applicable), advisor, and faculty member following the hearing described in number eight below. Reports to CUE are of general nature, for example, types of incidents and how they were resolved.
  • At least three members (two faculty and one student) must be present to conduct a hearing.
  • The Academic Integrity Committee chair presides over all meetings. The dean of CLAST provides clerical support to keep records and assist with documentation and letters following each meeting.
  • Meetings must be held within ten academic days upon receiving an action item.
  • During the Academic Integrity Committee hearing, the student and the instructor will present their case. The student has the right to bring witnesses and an advocate to the hearing. The advisor, program director and department chair may be included if pertinent.
  • The Academic Integrity Committee's decision will be communicated by letter to all parties. The letter will be hand delivered or sent to the campus post office where the student must sign to receive the letter. Copies will be sent to the instructor, department chair or program director, the Registrar and the Dean of the college from which the action originated.
  • Qualifications and role of the advocate: The advocate's primary role is one of moral support for the accused. The advocate must be a member of the Gallaudet staff, faculty, or student body. During any meetings, the advocate is only allowed to address the accused and may not directly address any other members of the meeting or hearing.