Instructions for Undergraduate Academic Integrity Charges

Faculty members dealing with academic dishonesty who fail to follow procedures outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog and below may be subject to student grievances.

 Faculty Cheat Sheet on Academic Integrity

 Student Cheat Sheet on Academic Integrity

Note: Instructors charging a student with plagiarism may use the Plagiarism Resolution Form.

Step 1: Instructor contacts the Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum (Dr. Jeffrey R. Appling, japplin@clemson.edu, 864-656-3022)

  • Contact via email for instructions, with a possible follow up meeting to discuss charges
  • Provide the evidence
  • Receive and discuss procedures (for first time participants)
  • Instructor does not communicate with student (recommended)

Step 2: Student is contacted by Coordinator of Academic Integrity (Marijohn Bittle Boyd, marijon@clemson.edu, 864-656-3022)

  • Students who do not respond within ten university working days of being contacted by our office will be found in violation
  • Student may not withdraw from the course unless the case is resolved in their favor
  • Student meets with Coordinator to receive charges, review the evidence, and discuss options
  • At any time the student may have an advisor of their choosing (parent, friend, lawyer, etc.)
  • Student is given the opportunity to request a hearing or waive right to a hearing
  • Student has five working days to respond
  • Students do not contact faculty member (recommended)

Step 3: Student chooses whether to waive their right to a hearing

  • Students who waive a hearing sign a memo to that effect; these students are found in violation of the academic integrity policy
  • For students who waive a hearing, the Coordinator checks academic integrity status of charged student
  • For first offenders who waive a hearing, the instructor is contacted for the penalty
  • For multiple offenders who waive a hearing, the penalty is set by university policy: an F in the course and suspension for one or more long semesters, or possible dismissal. The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies sets the length of suspension or dismissal, in consultation with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Students who do not waive their right to a hearing receive a copy of hearing procedures and proceed to Step 4

Step 4: Student presents rebuttal to charges

  • Student provides a written rebuttal to the Coordinator within five working days of the meeting to discuss the charges
  • Coordinator assembles charges, evidence, and rebuttal into hearing packet
  • Coordinator schedules a hearing and sends packet to instructor, student, and hearing board members
  • Student must respond/confirm hearing date and time within five university working days of being contacted by our office, or they waive their right to a hearing

Step 5: Hearing is held

  • Hearing proceeds according to procedures; student is found either in violation or not in violation of academic integrity policy
  • Hearing board members are notified after rendering their decision whether the student has prior offenses
  • For a first time offender, if student is found in violation of academic integrity policy, instructor is asked for penalty
  • Penalty for multiple offenders found in violation of academic integrity policy is set by university policy: an F in the course and suspension for one or more long semesters, or possible dismissal. The hearing board sets the length of suspension or dismissal.