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Faculty Resources

Academic Misconduct is an unfortunate reality in this day and age. While the vast majority of our students are dedicated and trustworthy, dealing with the troublesome few can take up a disproportionate amount of time.

This page is intended to provide links to resources that faculty members may find useful when dealing with matters related to academic integrity and other matters of classroom misbehavior, as well as other services available via Student Conduct.

As always, if you have specific questions, need additional information, or just want to chat, please feel free to contact us!

Academic misconduct process

Steps to take when you suspect an Academic Misconduct violation has occurred
    1. Gather supporting materials - i.e., SafeAssign reports, website links from which information was taken, etc.

    2. Review the incident with a fellow colleague, your department head, Dean and/or Student Conduct staff member to gain another perspective in the situation and familiarize yourself with the reporting process.

    3. Reach out to the student and set up a meeting time to discuss the situation/incident.

    4. Meet with the student and discuss your perspective on what happened. Give the student an opportunity to share his/her perspective as well. You may want to consider inviting a colleague and/or Student Conduct staff member to join this meeting. It is also acceptable for the student to bring an additional support person with them, should they choose to do so.

    5. Try to make a collective determination with the student on responsibility:

      • If the student takes responsibility for violating the Academic Misconduct policy, take an appropriate Academic Action and report the case to the Office of Student Conduct for additional University Action.

      • If the student denies responsibility for violating the Academic Misconduct policy, please wait on taking any academic action and report the case to the Office of Student Conduct for review.

    6. Report incidents of Academic Misconduct to Student Conduct by completing the online Incident Report form.

    7. You will either be contacted by a Student Conduct staff member with information about the next steps in the case OR simply copied on the correspondence sent to the student(s).

Typical "Academic Actions" taken in response to violations of the Honor Code/Academic Misconduct Policy:

Academic Actions are those taken by an instructor in response to Academic Misconduct in their own classroom OR those taken by an Academic Unit. Instructors are welcome to take any Academic Action they feel is necessary or appropriate when a student admits to academic misconduct. However, these guidelines will be helpful in determining what Academic Action may be appropriate and consistent with actions taken in similar cases on campus.

These guidelines are based on responses from faculty to case scenarios and a review of the actual actions taken by fellow faculty in real cases during the last several academic years. 

Typically, Academic Actions are more severe when a graduate student is responsible for academic misconduct. 

Academic Misconduct Process Flow Chart

academic misconduct reporting form

Please use this form to report violations of the Honor Code to Student Conduct. The form can be accessed using the link below:

Academic Misconduct Reporting Form

Additional resources for faculty

Sample Honor Code Abstracts for Syllabi

A sample Honor Code statement for an academic syllabus might read: "All students are expected to abide by the University of Denver Honor Code. These expectations include the application of academic integrity and honesty in your class participation and assignments."

Please feel free to include this statement on your own syllabi. Other samples are available here.

Honor Code Violation Resources

Incident Reporting Form

Although academic misconduct most directly affects a student's coursework, student learning as a part of the Student Conduct case resolution process can be critical. We encourage all faculty to report alleged incidents of academic misconduct.

The University of Denver Office for Teaching & Learning

Visit the Office for Teaching & Learning website to find out more about how to promote ethical behavior in the classroom.

The Center for Academic Integrity

Visit here for additional information about academic integrity and what we all can do to promote ethical behavior.

Inside Higher Ed article on Plagiarism

Read this article for more information, tips and resources.

Study shows that information, not threats, can prevent plagiarism.

Read this article from to find out more. The full working paper is available here.

Removal for Disruptive Classroom Behavior Policy

In case of emergency, please call 911, then 303.871.3000

Individual instructors have the right to determine whether specific student behavior is disruptive to the classroom environment. Instructors may require a student to leave an individual class meeting for disruptive behavior; however, instructors are not authorized to summarily remove a student from the course. Should such removal be deemed necessary, instructors must follow the procedure outlined below.

If a student has repeatedly disrupted the class, or if a student’s presence represents a significant impediment to the educational process, that student may be removed via an involuntary drop.

  1. If both instructor and student are willing and comfortable with working together, an informal meeting to resolve the concern is encouraged. Another faculty or staff member (including Student Conduct, Dean’s Office Staff, or Campus Safety staff) may be asked to attend this meeting.
  2. If either the instructor or the student is uncomfortable meeting informally, or if the attempts at informal resolution fail, the instructor may proceed with a request for an involuntary drop of the student from the class to the office or the division or college dean.
  3. The dean or the dean’s designee will meet separately with each party to determine whether to proceed with the request for an involuntary drop.  This decision shall be communicated to the student within one week of the initial complaint.  If the request for an involuntary drop is granted, the student will be provided the opportunity to drop the class voluntarily.
  4. If the student does not drop voluntarily, she/he will be dropped from the class. 
  5. The student may appeal the decision to the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor or his/her designee. This appeal must be submitted in writing no later than one week from the decision. Appeals will only be considered in the following circumstances:
    • The existence of procedural errors so substantial that it greatly impacted the findings, responsibility determination, and/or the ultimate outcomes;
    • Presentation of new and significant evidence which was not reasonably available at the time of the initial decision and would likely alter the findings, responsibility determination, and/or the ultimate outcomes; and/or,
    • The outcomes imposed are substantially disproportionate to the severity of the violation.

While an appeal is being considered, the student will be restricted from attending the class from which they been dropped. The appeal will be considered, and a decision rendered to the student, no later than one week from its receipt by the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor. This decision is final.

During this process the student is not permitted to attend the relevant class sessions.  The instructor will be required to provide the student with updates, assignments, and other course information the instructor deems essential to remain current in the course.  

Copies of all involuntary drop requests will be forwarded to Student Conduct for review of potential Student Conduct violations and decision on the need for any additional action to be taken under the Student Conduct Process.

The course drop will be effective from the date of the original decision, and for all administrative purposes (e.g., transcripts, tuition refunds, etc.) will be considered the same as if the drop had been voluntary.