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Informal Resolution

Academic Integrity Code violations may be resolved by consent between the student and the faculty member without resorting to the formal process (the Academic Integrity Board).

Detailed Instructions for the Informal Resolution Process:

Please contact the Office of Student Conduct to see if the alleged violation can be resolved informally. If the Office of Student Conduct has informed the faculty member that they may resolve the alleged violation through the faculty/student resolution, the faculty member will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Conduct meeting with student
    1. Before an informal resolution can be offered, the faculty member shall meet with the student to discuss the allegation(s) and to provide the student an opportunity to present relevant information related to the alleged violation(s).

    2. The faculty member or student may request mediation through the Office of Student Conduct, who shall serve as a neutral third party. In order for the mediation to be conducted, both the faculty member and student must agree to participate.

  2. Determine whether a violation occurred
    During an informal resolution, the faculty member will, in their professional judgment on the basis of the provided information or in consultation with appropriate University officials (e.g., Office of Student Conduct, department Chair), propose findings regarding any alleged violation(s)

  3. Present student with proposed sanctions
    Utilizing the Proposed Imposition of Sanction Form, the faculty member will present the student with any sanction(s) described in Section 7.01 of the Academic Integrity Code.

  4. When presented with the form the student has two options:
    1. The student can accept responsibility.
      If the student accepts responsibility, they will sign the form. Once the faculty member and the student have signed the form, a copy is provided to the student, the faculty member and the original is sent to the Office of Student Conduct (Suite 320, Plemmons Student Union).

      1. If the student accepts the informal resolution, they waive their right to a formal resolution and accepts responsibility for the violation(s) and the sanction(s) imposed.

    2. The student can decline responsibility.
      If the student does not accept responsibility, the faculty member must first inform the student and the Office of Student Conduct. The alleged violation(s) will be resolved via the Formal Resolution Process (Academic Integrity Board). Second, the faculty member must send over the unsigned form, the course syllabus and any supporting documentation of the alleged violation. Further instruction for both the student and the faculty member will be communicated from the Office of Student Conduct.

    The student may be given up to three (3) days to review the informal resolution and decide if they would like to accept or decline the proposed findings and sanctions. The student is encouraged to seek the guidance of an advisor, trusted faculty member, family member, etc.

    The original signed resolution must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct within five (5) days of the student’s decision.

  5. If an alleged violation(s) occurs toward the end of the semester and is not resolved before grades are due, the Office of Student Conduct highly encourages faculty members to provide the student with an incomplete. This allows time for a resolution to occur, and a true grade to be provided to the student.

*An informal resolution cannot be offered to a student who has previously been found responsible for a violation of this Code.