You've Received a Notice of Charge(s) ...
If you have received notification of an Academic Integrity Hearing, it means the Center for Student Conduct has received an incident report that alleges you have violated one or more of the University of Vermont Code of Academic Integrity [PDF] standards.
With your notice notice of charge, you will also receive notice of a scheduled pre-hearing meeting to discuss the charges with our Assistant Director for Academic Integrity. The pre-hearing meeting is an informal meeting designed to review the instructor's referral report, explain the academic integrity process, and answer any questions. Students have the opportunity to either: 1) accept responsibility for the violation of the Code of Academic Integrity as well as agree to the sanction or 2) choose to go forward to a formal Academic Integrity Council hearing to determine the outcome.
Academic Integrity Council
The Academic Integrity Council hearing is your opportunity to respond to the alleged violation(s) and explain what happened from your perspective. The Academic Integrity Council’s role is to first determine whether you are responsible for a policy violation, and if so, to determine appropriate sanctions.
The Council is a group of students and faculty who are trained to hear academic integrity cases. Typically, three to four council members will be present during a hearing, with at least one student and one faculty on the council.
Council members may ask you to explain what happened from your perspective, whether you believe you violated the policy and why or why not, what you have learned from the incident, and what impact the incident has had on you and others.
Preparing for Your Academic Integrity Pre-Hearing Meeting and/or an Academic Integrity Council ...
In preparation for your upcoming meeting and/or council, we encourage you to consider the following:
- Read your Notice of Charge carefully. The Notice of Charge letter outlines the alleged violations as well as the date and time of your Pre-Hearing Meeting. This meeting has been scheduled based on your academic course schedule. To request an accommodation for your meeting, contact the Center for Student Conduct. If you need to request a change to your meeting date/time due to religious observance, please contact the Assistant Director for Academic Integrity directly.
- Request a copy of your incident report prior to your meeting, so that you are prepared to discuss the report and alleged violations during your meeting. You can request reports online.
- Review the Code of Academic Integrity [PDF] for more information about the Academic Integrity Standards.
After your Pre-Hearing meeting, if you opt for an Academic Integrity Council hearing, you will be notified of the date and time of that council. An Academic Integrity Council is typically convened within a week of your pre-hearing meeting.
Arrive to your council prepared to describe, as honestly and as clearly as possible, the details of your involvement in the incident for which you have been charged. Some students find it useful to prepare written notes or statements in advance of their hearing to assist them in sharing important information, timelines, etc. This is not required, but may be helpful. Your Academic Integrity history becomes an educational record protected by federal privacy guidelines. There are conditions to the extent of that privacy: FERPA Rights Disclosure [PDF]
Consider whether you wish to bring an advisor, witnesses, or additional documents to your hearing. Information about advisors and witnesses can be found in the sidebar of this page as well as in the Code of Student Conduct [PDF].
If you have any questions about the incident or the conduct process, please contact the Assistant Director for Academic Integrity at the Center for Student Conduct. We are happy to answer questions, explain the process, and provide additional resources.