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Part 6. Student Affairs

Section IX. Student Conduct

B. Academic Dishonesty Board (Updated 8-09)

1. Charge and Scope of Academic Dishonesty Board

The Academic Dishonesty Board considers significant infractions of academic honesty. It is the sole body with authority to assign the University-level penalties of suspension or expulsion for academic dishonesty. Cases coming before the Board must be fully documented by evidence. The Board shall not hear matters subject to the jurisdiction of the Judicial Board or general academic complaints that should be referred to a dean or the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Its decisions are final and may not be challenged through the scholastic appeals process.

2. Procedures

a. Notice from the Registrar that a student has received two "F"s with notation activates the Board. An instructor may also ask the Board to consider suspension or expulsion on the basis of an extreme incident of academic dishonesty. Such a request shall be in writing and shall include complete documentation, including all documents presented at any formal hearing before the dean. Finally, an instructor or administrator may ask the Board to consider suspension or expulsion of a student with multiple penalties for academic dishonesty. Such a request shall again be in writing; it must include the reasons for recommending suspension or expulsion and may include supporting documents.

b. The Academic Dishonesty Board will consist of six voting members:

(1) a faculty member selected by the chairperson of the Academic Standards Council to serve as chair,

(2) the ASISU Vice President, who serves as vice chair,

(3) two members chosen by the Academic Dishonesty Board chair from a pool of faculty members selected by the Academic Standards Council, and

(4) two members chosen by the Academic Dishonesty Board vice chair from a pool of students selected by the ASISU Senate.

There shall also be a non-voting member from the Office of Student Affairs.

c. Once the Board is constituted, the chair of the Board will supply the names of its members to the Office of Student Affairs and give that office a copy of the notice from the Registrar or the request from an instructor or administrator, along with any supporting documents. The chair will also notify the student, outlining the procedure to come, informing the student that he/she may review the materials in the Office of Student Affairs, and allowing the student a reasonable amount of time to give that office documents in his/her defense.

d. The chair of the Board shall then set a date for a formal hearing, one that allows the student sufficient time to prepare a defense and allows Board members sufficient time to review all the materials held in the Office of Student Affairs, including any submitted by the student. In addition to Board members, the student and the person who initiated the Board review (Registrar, instructor, or administrator) shall be invited and told that, while not entitled to legal counsel, they may choose one ISU student or faculty member to accompany them at the meeting.

e. All members of the Board must be present at the hearing. Neither the student nor the person who initiated the review need be present, however, for the Board to act.

f. After the formal hearing, the Board will vote on whether to suspend or expel the student, or neither. A majority of the voting members must vote for suspension or expulsion for such an action to occur. The length of any suspension shall also be determined by majority vote.

g. The chair of the Board will send a written record of the Board's decision to the Vice President for Student Affairs, who will be responsible for relaying the decision to the student, the Registrar, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Office of Student Affairs will hold all materials related to the case for at least five years.

h. The Board's decision shall be implemented by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

i. When the Board imposes suspension, the Office of the Registrar shall record "Suspension for Academic Dishonesty" on the student's permanent transcript. When the Board imposes expulsion, "Expulsion for Academic Dishonesty" shall be recorded on the student's permanent transcript.

Approved by Academic Standards Council: March 18, 2009
Accepted by Faculty Senate: April 6, 2009


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