Misconduct Charges and Student Conduct Procedures

Academic Misconduct

The IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct defines academic misconduct as “any activity that tends to undermine the academic integrity of the institution.” Cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism are a few examples.

For a complete description of the judicial procedures associated with personal misconduct, please see IU’s Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct – Student Disciplinary Procedures: Academic Misconduct.

How are charges filed?

A faculty member who suspects that you have committed academic misconduct as defined by the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct should communicate this directly with you.  

If the faculty member concludes that academic misconduct took place, they may impose an academic sanction for the course and must report the incident to the Dean of Students.

You will receive a letter from our office outlining the alleged violations and informing you that the Dean of Students may impose further sanctions.

What if I am not responsible or I feel the sanction is not appropriate?

Once you receive a letter outlining the alleged violations from the Office of Student Ethics, you have 14 days to appeal the faculty member’s decision and/or sanction.  

What if I take responsibility and feel the sanction is appropriate?

If you feel sanction is appropriate, do not file an appeal.  Our office will notify you after the 14-day appeal period as lapsed. This second notification will likely ask that you attend a conference with a representative of the Office of Student Ethics to discuss the possible need for additional university wide sanctions.  This additional sanction will often include attendance at an Academic Integrity Seminar.

What if I feel the additional university sanction is inappropriate?

You can appeal the Office of Student Ethics sanction. Deadlines apply, so consult the Code or contact our office with questions.