Our Collective Obligation
Any University of Vermont student, staff, or faculty member can report a perceived violation of the Code of Academic Integrity to the Center for Student Conduct office. Upon receipt of a report (referral) from any source, the Assistant Director for Academic Integrity will determine whether the report, if true, would constitute a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity [PDF]. If the reported alleged behavior would violate a University academic integrity expectation, the student conduct process will begin. Any member of the University community that has observed behavior, or has information that reasonably leads to the conclusion that such a violation has occurred or has been attempted, has a responsibility to share that information with the Assistant Director for Academic Integrity in the Center for Student Conduct.
Reporting an alleged violation to the Center for Student Conduct provides students with due process to respond to the allegations and participate in the formal academic integrity process.
All incidents referred to the Center for Student Conduct will be adjudicated through the academic integrity process, providing consistency in process, procedures, and range of sanctions.
The Center for Student Conduct maintains records of prior violations of academic integrity and sanctions may be increased for students with prior violations. Therefore, it is important for faculty to refer all alleged violations to the Center for Student Conduct in order to track multiple violations by students.
Making a Referral
Within two weeks of discovery, the referring party should submit an Academic Integrity Referral Form. The referral should include a narrative description of the incident including all relevant details. All supporting documents should be included with the referral and can be uploaded/attached directly to the form. Supporting documents might include tests, papers, syllabus, answer keys, assignment instructions, etc.
- Referring parties submitting referrals must also provide a copy of the report to each student referred.
- Faculty members submitting a report for a student in their class may recommend a sanction. The recommended sanction will be taken into consideration, however, the final decision is made by the Assistant Director for Academic Integrity or the Academic Integrity Council.
- Both Technical and Deliberate violations (see below) should be submitted via the Academic Integrity Referral Form. For Technical violations please clearly indicate it's being referred as such and any subsequent outcome.
- For alleged plagiarism cases, please submit original articles and indicate with highlights, or some other method, the corresponding concerns in the student paper.
- For details regarding the adjudication process for alleged violations, please see the "Procedures" section of the Code of Academic Integrity [PDF].
- Should the referring party desire further consultation prior to submitting the referral form or memo, please contact the Assistant Director for Academic Integrity or any other staff member at the Center for Student Conduct at (802) 656-4360.