Violations

Lipscomb University subscribes to a specific process in dealing with violations of academic integrity that begins with the instructor’s investigation and can go through to review and action by the university’s Integrity Council.

Faculty member observes or discovers an academic integrity violation:

  1. Instructor meets student(s) privately with the alleged violation, presenting whatever evidence there may be to demonstrate the violation, explaining its severity and offering the student(s) an opportunity for response.
  2. If the situation is satisfactorily explained in the instructor’s judgment, no further action is necessary.
  3. If instructor deems a violation has occurred – either through student admission or an unsatisfactory explanation – the instructor and student complete the “Faculty Disposition of Academic Integrity Violation” form (found on myLipscomb) and sends in a sealed envelope to the chair of the Integrity Council.

A third party notifies an instructor of an academic integrity violation:

  1. Instructor should attempt to gather evidence either confirming or refuting the allegation. Allegations brought by students should never be ignored, even if they seem difficult or impossible to prove.
  2. If instructor cannot develop evidence to support the allegation, the instructor meets privately with the accuser, describe what steps were taken in response to the allegation, and explain why sanctions were not administered. The instructor should also describe what steps will be taken, if possible, to prevent the alleged behavior from taking place in the future.
  3. If evidence of impropriety does surface, instructor confronts student(s) involved in alleged violation privately, presenting whatever evidence there may be to demonstrate the violation, explaining its severity and offering the student(s) an opportunity for response.
  4. If instructor deems a violation has occurred – either through student admission or an unsatisfactory explanation – the instructor and student complete the “Faculty Disposition of Academic Integrity Violation” form (found on myLipscomb) and sends in a sealed envelope to the chair of the Integrity Council.

The Lipscomb University Integrity Council.

There are three situations in which an academic integrity violation has recourse to the Lipscomb University Integrity Council, whose decisions are final:

  1. When an instructor and student cannot reach a resolution on guilt.
  2. When a properly processed “Faculty Disposition of Academic Violation” form is received by the chair and a hearing is deemed necessary.  Or when a form is received that involves a student who has a previous offences on record.
  3. When the instructor has made the appropriate consequences within the class but feels that further sanctions might be needed.

Read more on the Integrity Council.