Academic Misconduct


Policies: 

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. Student who are unwilling to abide by these basic expectations will find themselves facing academic and/or disciplinary sanctions. Student 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.

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. 

According to the Student Code of Conduct, the following are violations of Academic misconduct: Cheating, Plagiarism, Multiple Submissions, Collusion, Lying, and Bribery.

For more information, please refer to the Texas A&M University- San Antonio Handbook under Academic Policies: Violations of Academic Conduct.


Procedures: 

Student Reports:  If you suspect another student of violating the university policy relating to academic misconduct, you are able to file the report here and include as much information as possible.

Academic Misconduct Process Flow Chart

Faculty Reports: If a faculty member identifies an alleged academic misconduct incident, the faculty member should follow the Academic Misconduct Process outlined in the Student Handbook and with The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Prior to submitting any report of Academic Misconduct with The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the following must occur:

  1. Faculty must notify the student of allegations as soon as misconduct is found.
    1. utilize the Academic Misconduct Incident Form
  2. Faculty and student should meet to
    1. review the allegations found,
    2. review any evidence,
    3. allow the student to explain the incident.
  3. Faculty may impose an academic sanction, which includes, but is not limited to:
    1. written reprimand, redo of assignment, additional work, failing grade of assignment, failing grade in course, or multiple academic sanctions.
  4. If resolution is found, document and refer case to The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for review and documentation purposes.
    • Office of Student Rights Responsibilities reserves the right to impose additional sanctions as warranted by student misconduct
  5. 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.
  6. If the student further contests, the case will move up to a hearing with an Academic Integrity Hearing Board, led by the Office of the Provost.

FACULTY: Once resolution is found, please submit all documentation (assignment and assignment instructions, syllabus, Academic Misconduct Incident Form, etc.) to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for record keeping and further review.