You've Received a Notification of Alleged Violations ...
If you have received notification of an Academic Integrity pre-council meeting, 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 notification letter, you will also be scheduled for a pre-council meeting to discuss the alleged violations and options with our Assistant Director for Academic Integrity. The pre-council 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 Meeting to determine the outcome.
Academic Integrity Council Meeting
The Academic Integrity Council Meeting 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 resolve academic integrity cases. Typically, three council members will be present during a council, 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-Council Meeting and/or an Academic Integrity Council Meeting...
In preparation for your upcoming meeting(s), we encourage you to consider the following:
- Read your notification letter carefully. The notification letter outlines the alleged violations as well as the date and time of your pre-council 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.
- Review 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. Your report will be included with your notification letter or you can request reports online.
- Review the Code of Academic Integrity [PDF] for more information about the Academic Integrity Standards.
After your pre-council meeting, if you opt for an Academic Integrity Council Meeting, you will be notified of the date and time of that meeting. An Academic Integrity Council Meeting is typically convened within one to two weeks of your pre-council meeting.
Arrive to your Academic Integrity Council Meeting prepared to describe, as honestly and as clearly as possible, the details of your involvement in the incident. Some students find it useful to prepare written notes or statements in advance of their meeting 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 council. Information about advisors and witnesses can be found in the sidebar of this page as well as in the Code of Academic Integrity [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.