VIOLATIONS OF ACADEMIC CONDUCT

As a member in an academic community, students at Texas A&M University-San Antonio are expected to exhibit a high level of honesty and integrity in their pursuit of higher education, be mature, be self-directed and be able to manage their own affairs. Students who are unwilling to abide by these basic expectations will find themselves facing academic and/or disciplinary sanctions. Students are expected to share in the responsibility and authority with faculty and staff to challenge and make known acts that violate the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Code of Conduct. For more information please visit the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities website http://bit.ly/TAMUSAStudentRR

Students engaging in an act that violates the standards of academic integrity will find themselves facing academic and/or disciplinary sanctions. Academic misconduct is any act, or attempt, which gives an unfair advantage to the student. Additionally, any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion may be considered as academic misconduct. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, multiple submissions, collusion, lying and bribery. For more information, refer to the Student Code of Conduct, Article III: Conduct Rules and Regulations.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio faculty has the discretion to impose grade penalties as deemed necessary. Faculty members are required to report such serious breaches of academic honesty to their chair, their dean and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. In cases of academic misconduct, students may be subject not only to grade sanctions in courses but to disciplinary action. Grade sanctions may be imposed only by faculty members, but suspension or expulsion may be imposed only by the Vice President for Student Affairs. If a student wishes to appeal the decision of suspension or expulsion due to violations of academic misconduct, they must initiate their appeal as outlined within the Student Code of Conduct. Extenuating circumstances may cause the University to deviate from the defined time frames.

The Academic Misconduct Process is as follows:

  1. When a faculty member identifies alleged academic misconduct, the faculty should notify the student of allegations as soon as misconduct is found. Faculty and student should meet to review the allegations found, review any evidence, and allow the student to explain the incident. Both the faculty and the student will fill out the Academic Misconduct Incident Form. After the meeting with the student, faculty may impose an academic sanction, which includes, but is not limited to the following: written reprimand, redo of assignment, additional work, failing grade of assignment, failing grade in course, or multiple academic sanctions.
    1. If resolution is found, then the case is documented and referred to The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for review and adjudication according to the conduct process.
    2. If a student disagrees with or contests the decision of responsibility and/or academic sanctions, then the case is referred to the College Chair for mediation.
  2. The Chair should contact the student and faculty within five (5) business days to request a meeting on/at a designated date and time. The student will meet with the faculty member or representative and the Chair to review the incident. The decision of the Chair shall occur within five (5) business days of the meeting with the student.
    1. If resolution is found, then then the case is documented and referred to The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for review and adjudication according to the conduct process.
    2. If a student disagrees with or contests the decision of responsibility and/or academic sanctions, the Chair will forward all information to The Provost or designee, who will activate The Academic Integrity Hearing Panel.
  3. The Provost or designee will notify all parties in writing of the date, time, and location of hearing at least five (5) business days prior to the hearing with The Academic Integrity Hearing Panel. At the assigned hearing, the student will meet with the faculty member or representative and Academic Integrity Panel to hear the charges and faculty member’s explanation, and present his/her side of the case. The Academic Integrity Panel has five (5) business days in which to make its decision. The Panel may recommend to uphold (affirm) or reverse the decision of responsibility and/or academic sanctions imposed by the faculty member. The Panel will communicate its recommendation to the Provost or designee. The Provost or designee will notify the student of the final decision made within five (5) business days of the panel meeting. The decision is considered final.
    1. The case is documented and referred to The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for review and adjudication according to the conduct process.