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Academic Integrity Conduct Process

Student Conduct works in collaboration with the Office of the Provost to maintain the standards of Academic Integrity (AI). To gain a complete understanding of the academic integrity standards, review the full Academic Integrity Policy.

The process for AI allegations differs from that of general misconduct. It is also important to note that the sanctioning for AI cases is two-fold. The faculty or academic department can impose sanctions related to the course or program of study. For example, a faculty member may assign a lower grade or a failing grade in the class. Student Conduct can impose sanctions related to a Student's status at the University. Students who have allegedly violated an AI Policy should review the process for these cases carefully and direct questions about the process to Student Conduct@drexel.edu.

Students will be notified in writing by a faculty member that a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred via their Drexel email. A Student should provide a response to the letter via Drexel email no later than seven (7) calendar days from receipt of the notice from the faculty member. The Student will be required to meet with the faculty member to discuss the alleged violation.

The meeting outcome will determine the next steps as outlined below:

  • If the Student agrees a violation has occurred, the faculty member will inform the department head or designee, program director, or equivalent administrator (hereafter referred to as department head) offering the course of the alleged violation. The Student will have applicable rights to an appeal as outlined in Section 10 in the Code.
  • If the Student disagrees that a violation has occurred, the Student will have applicable rights to an appeal as outlined in Section 10 in the Code.
  • The final decision will be reported to Student Conduct.

Once a case is referred to Student Conduct by a faculty member or academic department, Student Conduct will begin their process. For first-time violations, the academic unit will provide the information and, in most cases, Student Conduct will simply document the incident and send the accused Student a letter notifying them that a report has been received. No additional action is required for a first-time violation.

All subsequent violations will require the Student to go through the full conduct process, which can be found on the Conduct Process page.

Appeal Process for Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity Violations are assigned two types of sanctions:

  1. Academic Sanctions: Sanctions assigned by the faculty or college/school related to the academic coursework. Examples include grade reduction, failure in a course, or removal from the program.
  2. Disciplinary Sanctions: Sanctions assigned by Student Conduct related to your disciplinary record. Examples include probation, suspension, and expulsion.

First-Time Violations:

  • Academic sanctions can be appealed through the college/school. This process is described below.
  • Disciplinary sanctions are not assigned for first-time violations, and thus cannot be appealed.

Subsequent Violations:

  • Academic sanctions can be appealed through the college/school. This process is described below.
  • Disciplinary sanctions can be appealed through the standard conduct Appeals Process.

Academic Sanction Appeal Process

Students must initiate any appeal related to a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy within seven (7) calendar days after the decision has been issued.

  • For the first level of an Academic Sanction Appeal, the Student can choose to appeal in writing to the dean of the college/school or designee of which the course was taken.
  • The second and final level of appeal requires the Student to appeal in writing to the provost or designee.

The appeal should be written and emailed to the appropriate person outlined in the Academic Sanction Appeal Process. The appeal should include:

  • If you are appealing the finding that you violated the academic integrity policy, or the academic sanction that you received as a result of the policy violation, or both.
  • Information to support your appeal claim and what outcome you are seeking as a result of appealing.