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Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty and Professional Staff

I suspect one of my students of cheating/plagiarizing. What should I do?

First, consult with your department head and meet/communicate with the student indicating your intention to formally report the violation. Seek their explanation about the alleged behavior. Specific instructions on how to handle and document academic integrity cases need to be followed and can be found in the Student Handbook.

Do I have to report a case of academic dishonesty?

Yes! It is important that all cases are forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards using the Required Reporting form. Even though a student may be apologetic and seems to "get it", many times the student has done this before and the instructor has not reported it. This policy exists to be consistent and fair with all students. This is also to uphold the high academic standards of Drexel.

I have a concern (non-academic integrity) about a student"s behavior what should I do?

As an educator, your first step should be to talk with the student and share your concerns. If needed, consult with your supervisor/department head. Sometimes students need a simple reminder about proper manners and classroom etiquette.

If you feel that a student has "crossed the line" and/or does not seem to understand what s/he is doing, please submit a complaint to A University Conduct Officer will meet with the student.

Always keep in mind, if it"s an emergency, contact Public Safety immediately at 215.895.2222.

What can happen to the student?

If a student is in violation of the Code, sanctions can range from a disciplinary reprimand (a written warning) up to loss of housing or suspension and expulsion for more serious or repeat offenses. Often times there are additional sanctions issued including an alcohol education module, service hours, fines or other projects. These must be completed as well or there may be further consequences.

Academic integrity violations could result in failure for the course or the assignment among other sanctions determined by the instructor. 

A second violation of the academic integrity policy will likely result in suspension.

Does the student have a "record"? Does this go on a transcript?

Conduct records are confidential and cannot be released without the written consent of the student. Many graduate, law, and medical schools and employers with sensitive information (like the United States Government) often ask for a release of the applicant"s conduct record. If that is the case, we encourage the student to be open and honest about what happened and share any relevant details. Most places are pretty understanding about a relatively minor incident that happened years ago. Serious violations, repeat incidents, or lying about it can play a much more significant role.

All files are retained for seven years after the date of the incident. More serious case files are retained indefinitely.

Conduct records do not appear on transcripts.

How can I get more involved with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards?

Thank you! We are always looking for ways to get more of the Drexel community involved in our work.

First, talk to your colleagues about your interactions with us and encourage them to address any issues they encounter.

As well, our office is also available to come to programs and do presentations on a variety of conduct issues.

Finally, if you are interested in serving on the University Conduct Board and actually deciding some of these cases, please e-mail

What are some additional resources for the  student?


University Conduct Board: A group of Drexel students, faculty, and staff that hear cases involving alleged student misconduct. The Board is trained to evaluate the information regarding a case, ask questions, and determine whether or not a violation has occurred. They also recommend sanctions. The University Conduct Board also hears appeals.

Disciplinary Reprimand: The student is warned that further misconduct shall result in more severe disciplinary action. This is the lowest sanction available.

Disciplinary Probation: A specific period of time during which the University provides the student with the opportunity to prove that he/she will contribute in a positive manner to the University community. Should a student violate University policies while on Disciplinary Probation, more severe sanctions shall be imposed. This is not academic nor does it appear on a transcript.

Deferred Loss of Housing: Serves as a final warning that any further violation(s) of University policy obligates the University to consider loss of housing privileges as a primary response.

Deferred Suspension: Serves as a final warning to a student that if he/she is again found in violation of any University policy, the University is obligated to consider suspension as a primary response.

Suspension: A separation of the student from the University for a specified period of time. A suspended student will be withdrawn from all courses and may not attend classes, take exams, receive grades, maintain a position as a co-op student, hold a leadership position or be on University premises. A student may return to Drexel after the suspension period is completed.

Expulsion: A permanent disaffiliation between the student and the University. An expelled student shall not be permitted on University property.