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Addressing Academic Misconduct

You may address academic misconduct by:

  • Working to prevent academic misconduct.
  • Reporting students you suspect of academic misconduct.
  • Talking to students you suspect of academic misconduct and reaching a mutually agreeable resolution.

You may NOT address academic misconduct by:

  • Unilaterally lowering a student's grade.

Prevent Academic Misconduct

Establishing an ethos valuing academic honor and scientific integrity

  • Put a statement of ethos in your syllabus.
  • Put a handout on cheating in your course packet.
  • Talk about the definition of academic pursuits and the importance of honesty.

Reducing chances for cheating during exams

  • Use ScorePak forms and testing options to reduce chances of copying in exam situations.
  • Use a distinctly colored pen to correct papers and mark clearly with an X through blank questions so students do not fill these in later and come back saying, "they were missed by the grader."

Preventing plagiarism and fabrication of research results

  • Use assignments that require students to show how they have developed their work.
  • Have students work in teams arranged by instructor so they can cross-check each others' work.


Report Academic Misconduct

Each college or school has a designated person to act on behalf of the Dean of the School or College to address academic misconduct under the Student Conduct Code, WAC 478-121. The student should be referred to the appropriate College or referred to the School or College in which they are enrolled for academic misconduct investigations. For example, if you are teaching Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the student is an Accounting major, the student would be referred to the Foster School of Business.

All academic misconduct allegations must be reported to the Dean's Representative. Academic misconduct violations may only be adjudicated under WAC 478-121 and Student Governance and Policies, Chapter 209 by those who have authority to initiate a conduct proceeding (WAC 478-121-215 and SPG, Chapter 209, Section 10.A). This ensures a student’s due process rights, creates consistency in the process, and accountability for any additional misconduct by the student.

For additional information about the student conduct process visit Student Conduct Process.