Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18

Academic Policies and Regulations

Violation of Academic Integrity Policy

The faculty member who discovers an instance of academic dishonesty or professional misconduct shall be responsible for determining and administering sanctions. Potential sanctions for a violation of the college’s policy on academic integrity include, but are not limited to reduction in grade and failure for the course.

  • The faculty member shall discuss the incident with the student prior to any formal action.
  • The faculty member shall notify the Provost regarding all instances of academic dishonesty where a penalty has been administered to a student. These recommendations and a report of the violation shall be sent to the Provost within five class days.
  • The Provost may recommend additional sanctions relative to the student’s status, depending on the severity of the infraction. Flagrant violations (violating computer security, submitting false information about a student’s condition, etc.) may result in probation, suspension, or expulsion from a program or the college.
  • The Provost may impose further sanctions for repeated offenses; these may include probation, suspension, or expulsion from the college. In addition, a notation that the student has violated the Policy on Academic Integrity may be made on the official academic records of the student.
  • Extenuating circumstances will be considered for each individual case. Counseling may be recommended.

If a student believes that the determination of a violation is made in error or that the sanction is inappropriate, the student may request a review by the Provost. A written request for review should be delivered by email or hard copy to the Provost within a reasonable time, generally within two (2) weeks of the notification of sanctions (or two weeks into the next semester if the sanctions were imposed less than two weeks before the last day of a semester).

Following filing of the written request for review, the Provost will conduct an independent investigation, including interviewing all parties and any witnesses deemed relevant and material to the issues raised, and shall make a final determination in the matter and notify all parties of the final decision, in writing, within two (2) weeks. Either party shall have the further right to appeal the decision of the Provost to the President. The appeal shall be in writing, setting forth the reasons the decision of the Provost should not be carried out and specifically setting forth the grounds for such appeal. This request must be made within ten (10) days after receiving the written decision.

Requirements for the appeal can be found in General Information Related To All Grievance And Conduct Violation Procedures. The President shall make a final adjudication and determination in the matter and notify both parties and the Provost of the final decision in writing within thirty (30) days. The Provost will administer the decision of the President.