West Virginia University requires all students to act as responsible citizens and
members of our community. Each student is responsible to know, observe, abide by,
and adhere to the University's Student Code of Conduct, policies, rules and regulations.
Selected schools and/or programs are exempted from the WVU Policy on Student Academic Integrity and utilize their own investigation and resolution procedures.
Academic Integrity Conduct Process
A Report is Received
As soon as academic misconduct is suspected, the authorized reporter will submit a report. The authorized reporter is typically, but not always, the instructor who directly observed the behavior in question. The Office of Academic Integrity will screen the report to determine how it will be resolved. After the incident is screened, the Office of Academic Integrity will notify the authorized reporter via email of next steps.
Determination of Process
Upon receipt of a report from an Authorized Reporter, the Director of Academic Integrity shall review the report to determine if the matter should be handled through the Course-Level Process or the Academic Dishonesty Conduct Process.
If the Accused Student has no prior instances of Academic Dishonesty on record, and/or (ii) there are no aggravating factors that potentially warrant more serious sanctions, the allegations of Academic Dishonesty will be handled through the Course-Level Process.
You can learn more about the Course Level Process in Section 5 of the Academic Integrity Policy.
Academic Dishonesty Conduct Process
If the Accused Student has prior instances of Academic Dishonesty on record, and/or there are aggravating factors that potentially warrant more serious sanctions, the allegations of Academic Dishonesty will be handled through the Academic Dishonesty Conduct Process.
You can learn more about the Academic Dishonesty Process in Section 6 of the Academic Integrity Policy.
Standard of Proof
A determination of responsibility shall be based on a preponderance of the evidence. “Preponderance of the evidence” means evidence which is of greater weight or more convincing than the evidence which is offered in opposition to it; that is, evidence which, as a whole, shows that the fact sought to be proved is more probable than not. During your meeting the Campus Student Code Administrator will determine if their is a standard of proof for the violations.
A student found responsible for Academic Dishonesty shall be subject to sanctions commensurate with the offense with consideration given to any aggravating and mitigating circumstances, including past incidents of Academic Dishonesty. All possible sanctions can be reviewed in Section 7 of the Academic Integrity Policy.
Examples of possible sanctions a student may receive are:
- Dismissal from an Academic Program
- Disciplinary Suspension
- Deferred Suspension
- Disciplinary Probation
- Unforgivable Failure of the Course
- Reduced Grade on Academic Assignment or Course
- Required Repetition of the Academic Assignment
- Other Sanctions
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