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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 Rights and Responsibilities.

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

Or speak with a fellow DU professor for more information and confidential advise by calling the Academic Integrity Resource Line at 303.871.4851.

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 Rights and Responsibilities 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 Rights and Responsibilities 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 Rights and Responsibilities 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 Rights and Responsibilities for review.

    6. Report incidents of Academic Misconduct to Student Rights and Responsibilities by completing the online Incident Report form.

    7. You will either be contacted by a Student Rights and Responsibilities 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.

Academic Integrity Resource Line
  • Having issues with academic misconduct in your classes?
  • Questions about how to encourage your students to uphold the Honor Code?
  • Could you use advice on setting up assignments and tests?

Call the Academic Integrity Resource Line at 303.871.4111 to speak with a fellow DU professor for more information and confidential advice.

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.

Disruptive Classroom Behavior

If the student's presence in the class represents a significant impediment to the educational process, that student may be officially withdrawn from the class. The withdrawal procedure will be followed if attempts at informal resolution between the instructor and the student have failed or are not possible.

  1. The instructor, student, and the appropriate dean or dean's designee will meet to attempt to resolve the concern. Every effort should be made to ensure that this meeting takes place as soon as possible after the faculty member files the report, and ideally before the next class session. Another faculty or staff member (including Student Rights and Responsibilities, dean's office staff, or Campus Safety staff) may be asked to attend this meeting. The student may bring a support person to this meeting. The support person may not speak on behalf of or actively participate in this meeting. This meeting will not be rescheduled to accommodate a support person. Unless there are extenuating circumstances warranted by a concern for safety, this step is preferred. The instructor need not lead the meeting but should be present at this initial meeting with the student.
  2. If the student fails to attend the meeting, the instructor may proceed with a request to the relevant dean's office for an involuntary removal of the student from the class.
  3. Within 5 business days of the initial meeting, the dean or dean's designee will determine whether to move forward with removing the student from the class. The student is not permitted to return to class during this review. The decision shall be communicated to the student by the dean or dean's designee.
  4. If the dean or dean's designee determines that the request to remove the student from the class is warranted, the student will be provided the opportunity to drop the class voluntarily. If the student does not drop the class voluntarily, the student will be dropped from the class by the Office of the Registrar.
  5. If the student is permitted to return to class, a Student Life Behavioral Contract must be signed by both the student and faculty member and processed through the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office. This contract will outline the appropriate and inappropriate conduct and expectations for behavior for the remainder of the class as well as the consequences for violating the contract.
  6. The student may appeal the decision to the Office of the Provost. This appeal must be submitted in writing no later than 5 business days from the dean's (or designee's) decision. Appeals will only be considered by the Provost or Provost's designee in the following circumstances:
    • The existence of procedural errors so substantial that it greatly impacted the decision,
    • the original decision is clearly not supported by the information presented,
    • the presentation of new and significant evidence which was not reasonably available at the time of the initial review and would likely alter the hearing decision, and/or
    • the imposition of an arbitrary outcome.

The appeal will be considered, and a decision rendered to the student, no later than 5 business days from its receipt by the Office of the Provost. This decision is final.

During the appeal process, the student is not permitted to attend class sessions or activities. The instructor shall provide the student with materials, assignments, and other course information the instructor deems essential to assist the student with remaining current in the course.

Copies of all withdrawal requests will be reviewed under the Student Conduct Process. Student Rights and Responsibilities will generally defer to the recommendation of the course instructor: however, if the student has a previous student conduct record, Student Conduct may take additional appropriate action regardless of the instructor's recommendation.

The course withdrawal 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 withdrawal had been voluntary.