Shared Governance: Academic Integrity Committee

Updated January, 2010

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

  1. 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), and department chair).
  2. A student requests a removal of the XF grade from their transcript.
  3. A department chair recommends suspension or dismissal from the University as a consequence for academic integrity violations. 
  4. The academic dean informs the committee chair of two or more incidents of academic integrity violations by a student.

The committee will review letters of appeal and any additional documentation [e.g., letters to student from faculty member, program director (if appropriate), and department chair].

The committee reviews letters documenting infractions provided by the academic dean.

This Committee has the following authority:

Appeals – the committee may decide:

  • to refuse the appeal, in which case the recommendation made by the department chair or unit head will stand, or
  • to accept the appeal, and conduct a hearing to address the appeal.

Infractions – the committee may decide that: 

  • the infractions were handled appropriately and no further action is required; or
  • 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.

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. The student or accuser may appeal to the dean of the school in which the department resides (i.e. GSPP or CLAST) if he or she disagrees with the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee.

Reports to CUE: 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 are of general nature, for example, types of incidents and how they were resolved.


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.


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