If a charge of academic dishonesty or plagiarism is to be made, the faculty or staff member must report the incident in writing to the Academic Vice-President/Dean. Adequate evidence should be provided to support the charge. Such evidence may include but is not limited to a report from the Turnitin software; copy of a forged or altered document; a published work from which the student copied; or compelling evidence that the work represented as that of the student does not fit his/her/their usual writing and thinking style.
If an instructor believes that academic dishonesty or plagiarism has been committed, they must report the incident in writing to the Academic Vice-President/Dean.
- Adequate evidence must be provided to support the charge. Such evidence may include a report from the Turnitin software; copy of a forged or altered document; a published work from which the student copied; or compelling evidence that the work represented as that of the student does not fit his/her/their usual writing and thinking style.
- The instructor must notify the student of the problem by email, providing evidence of the problem, and call a meeting with the student to review the material.
- Depending on the severity, the student’s advisor and/or the academic dean may be invited to join the review meeting at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor will consider different options for the consequence of plagiarism that may include failing the student on the course. A range of options available to the instructor can be found here.
- The instructor may also require the student to work with the Writing Center for the remaining written assignments of the course.
- The instructor must notify the Dean in writing about the result of the review meeting. This letter will be kept in the Dean’s Office. The Dean will communicate in writing the results of the review meeting and the consequences of future incident(s) with the student and the Registrar.
If the Dean discovers that it is the second report of plagiarism, s/he/they will take the following steps:
- The Dean will make the charge known in writing to the student within five (5) business days of the initial report.
- The Dean will also call a meeting to review the charge within five business days from when the student was notified. The meeting will be held with the student, the faculty member reporting the case, the student's academic advisor, and if necessary, the appropriate program director. When any member of the Committee believes that they should not hear a case because of a possible conflict of interest, that member should recuse themselves. The Dean will then appoint another appropriate person.
- After the review meeting the Dean makes the decision of guilt or innocence based on a preponderance of the evidence in the case.
- If the charge of academic dishonesty or plagiarism is sustained by the Dean, the student will receive a grade of F on the course, and the student is put on academic probation. This F grade will be calculated into the student’s final GPA, even if the student repeats the course and receives a higher grade. An official written reprimand from the Dean will be put in the student’s permanent file with the Registrar.
- Depending on the severity of the case, the student may be dismissed from Iliff. In case of dismissal from Iliff, the student will not be allowed re-apply to Iliff for the minimum of one year. If the student re-applies after one year, all documentation regarding instances of plagiarism and the Dean’s sanctions will be included in the admissions file for review.
A third determination of documented academic dishonesty or plagiarism will result in the student’s automatic dismissal from Iliff. A written report including the charge, supporting documentation, and the Dean’s decision will be filed with the Registrar in the student’s permanent file. The dismissal will be entered on the student's permanent record. The student will not be given an opportunity for re-admission to Iliff.