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Faculty Resources

This page is intended to provide resources that faculty members may find useful when dealing with matters related to Academic Integrity.

If you have specific questions, need additional information, or want to discuss any concerns, please feel free to contact us

Or speak with someone for more information and advice 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. Vericite reports, website links, student materials, etc
    2. Contact Student Rights & Responsibilities to discuss the incident and the reporting process  
    3. Consider also reviewing the incident with a fellow colleague, your department head, and/or Dean to gain another perspective in the situation
    4. Reach out to the student and set up a time to meet and discuss the situation/incident
    5. Meet with the student and discuss your perspective on what happened. Provide the student an opportunity to share their perspective as well. You are encouraged to invite a colleague and/or Student Rights & 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.
    6. Work towards a collective determination with the student on their responsibility for the situation/incident. If the student does not accept responsibility; please contact Student Rights & Responsibilities for guidance. 
    7. Please report to Student Rights & Responsibilities the determination made regarding responsibility and any academic actions you have taken. 
    8. Student Rights & Responsibilities is the only department which can assign a status or educational outcome. 
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 a violation of the Academic Integrity policy 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 takes responsibility for 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 may be more severe when a graduate student is responsible for a violation of the Academic Integrity Process. 

academic integrity reporting form

Please use this form to report violations of the Academic Integrity policy to Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Additional resources for faculty

Sample Honor Code Abstracts for Syllabi

A sample Honor Code statement for an academic syllabus is:

"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

It is also suggested that faculty include the specific prohibited behaviors under Academic Integrity in the Honor Code: Plagiarism, Unauthorized Use, Cheating, Repeated Submission, Fabrication, Impediment, & Syllabus Violation. 

Academic Integrity Resource Line
  • Having issues with Academic Integrity 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 303.871.4851 to speak with a fellow DU professor for more information and confidential advice.

Honor Code Violation Resources

Non-academic Incident Reporting Form

Although Academic Integrity most directly affects a student's coursework, education and behavioral accountability are integral to the Student Rights & Responsibilities case resolution process. We encourage all faculty to report any alleged violations of the Honor Code.

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.

information, not threats, can prevent plagiarism.

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

Disruptive Classroom Behavior

The University is committed to a positive and safe learning environment. Individual instructors have the right to determine whether specific Student classroom behavior and conduct is disruptive to the learning environment. In extenuating circumstances, instructors may require a Student to leave an individual class meeting based on disruptive behavior and conduct. However, instructors are not authorized to permanently remove a Student from the course without following the process set forth below. Instructors should initiate this process as soon as possible after the initial disruption.

If during the course of this process, the Student's continued presence in the class represents a significant impediment to the educational process of the learning community, the University may officially withdrawal the Student from the class. If attempts at informal resolution fail or are not possible, the withdrawal procedure will be followed.

If there is an emergency, please call 911 and then the Division of Campus Safety at 303.871.3000. Faculty members or Students in the class in which the disruption is alleged to have occurred may file an SRR Incident Report.

Disruptive Classroom Behavior Process:

  • Faculty member or Students in the class file the SRR Incident Report.
  • The Dean or designee, as a neutral party, will lead a meeting between the Student and faculty member to attempt to resolve the concern as soon as possible after the faculty member files the SRR Incident Report (recommend within 2 Business Days of the Report and ideally before the next class session).
  • The instructor need not lead the meeting but should be present at this initial meeting with the Student.
  • Additional faculty or staff members (including SRR, 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; provided that the support person follows all guidelines related to the role of a support person as outlined in the Honor Code.
  • 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.
  • If the initial conversation does not resolve the conflict or if the Student fails to attend the resolution meeting, the Dean or designee will issue a determination within five (5) Business Days from the scheduled time of the meeting.
  • During deliberations, the Student is not permitted to return to class and the faculty 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.
  • The Dean or designee will communicate the determination regarding whether or not the Student will be removed from the class to the Student, faculty member, and applicable University Officials.
  • If the Dean or designee determines that removing the Student from the class is necessary, the Student will be provided the opportunity to drop the class voluntarily. If the Student does not drop the class voluntarily, the Office of the Registrar will drop the student from the class. In either case, the student's transcript will reflect a "W" for withdrawal if the action occurs after the class drop deadline.
  • If the Dean or designee determines that removal is not warranted, the Student shall be allowed to return to the class immediately. The Student may be required to sign a Behavioral Responsibilities Agreement to set forth the appropriate and inappropriate conduct and expectations for conduct for the remainder of the course as well as the consequences for violating the Agreement. This will be kept on file with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.
  • The Student may appeal the decision in writing to the Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor no later than five (5) Business Days from the date of the Dean's or their designee's decision. The Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor or Provost's designee will consider appeals based only on the following criteria:
    • The existence of procedural errors so substantial that they greatly impacted the decision;
    • Presentation of new and significant evidence which was not reasonably available at the time of the initial meeting and would likely alter the decision; and/or
    • The decision is substantially disproportionate to the severity of the violation.
    • Disagreement with the decision is not grounds for appeal.
    • 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.
    • The Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor or Provost's designee will render a decision to the Student no later than five (5) Business Days from the date of receipt of the appeal. This decision is final with no further avenue of appeal.