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FAQ from Instructors

Do I have to report?

Yes. According to Academic Senate Resolution 722-10, all instructors are required to report instances of academic dishonesty to Student Rights & Responsibilities if they are confident that cheating or plagiarism has occurred. 

How long will this process take?

It depends on what occurs after an instructor has notified the student of their determination that academic dishonesty has occurred. If a student appeals the instructor's determination, there are multiple steps that must be taken. If the student does not appeal the instructors determination, and does not have previous academic integrity violations, the process will move quickly, as the remaining work with OSRR is clerical. If the academic dishonesty is egregious or there is a broader pattern of behavior, OSRR will work with the instructor and inform them of the steps required to adjudicate. The process will only take as long as it takes for all parties involved to be contacted, interviewed, and the investigation to be completed. We try . 

What happens if we disagree?

Reasonable people can differ on the interpretation of academic integrity. There is a lot of "grey area" in all of student misconduct, and there are some circumstances in which Student Rights & Responsibilities will disagree with a reporting instructor's determination. If the student does appeal the instructor's determination, and OSRR does not confirm the incident of academic dishonesty determined by the instructor, the student can then go the the Fairness Board to pursue a grade change. In those cases, OSRR will be extremely transparent with the instructor, maintain communication with the instructor throughout the process, and explain the reason for OSRR's outcome.

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