Responding to Misconduct Charges

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 the Office of Student Ethics 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.  

You must appeal the allegations through the dean of the school in which the alleged misconduct took place. The Office of Student Ethics will not proceed until this appeal is complete.

The following schools offer additional information in regards to academic misconduct:

After you have submitted the appeal to the appropriate school, you should be directed to a meeting with the dean designee and may be asked to attend a formal hearing with a unit hearing board (often referred to as the Academic Fairness Committee).  Once you’ve received a decision from this hearing, you may only appeal further if a procedural error has taken place.

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

If you agree with the charges and feel the sanction is appropriate, do not file an appeal.  The Office of Student Ethics will notify you after the 14-day appeal period has 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.