When an instructor suspects that a student has engaged in academic misconduct, the first step in the process of resolving this situation is for the instructor and the student to seek a consultative resolution to the suspected act. When an instructor suspects a student of academic misconduct, the instructor should notify the student of this within 10 academic days of becoming aware of the alleged incident by sending an email to the student’s official Buffalo State email account and attaching a copy of the academic misconduct policy to the email. At this time, the instructor’s department chair should also be informed of the incident. Within 10 academic days of this notice, the instructor and the student should consult with one another so that they may explain their respective perspectives on the alleged act of misconduct. At the request of either the instructor or the student, the department chair may attend this meet. There are four possible outcomes to this consultative process:
The following sanctions may only be imposed by the Academic Misconduct Committee: An E grade with an indication on the student’s transcript that the E grade was due to academic misconduct, suspension from the College, and dismissal from the College.
Students may appeal any finding of the consultative process outlined above or any sanction recommended by the instructor. A student request to appeal a determination of academic misconduct or a sanction associated with such a determination must be made in writing to the Academic Standards Office within 10 academic days of the instructor notifying the student of the determination or sanction via email. In the letter of appeal, the student must specify whether the student is appealing the determination of academic misconduct, the recommended sanction, or both.
When a student chooses to appeal a determination or a sanction, both the student and the instructor must submit to the Academic Standards Office a written statement supporting their stance on the alleged incident of misconduct. These statements should be accompanied by any evidence that supports what is said in them. The Academic Standards Office will undertake an initial, administrative review of these statements and supporting evidence once it receives these materials. There are two outcomes to this administrative review:
The finds of the Academic Misconduct Committee must take one of three forms:
The findings of the administrative review and/or committee review are final. No further appeal is available to the student.
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