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. The instructor should privately confront the student with the apparent violation, present whatever evidence there may be to demonstrate that a violation may have occurred, explain the severity of the apparent violation, and ask the student to respond. Instructors should document in writing the content and results of this meeting along with whatever evidence there is to support the allegation.
  2. If the instructor decides that no violation has occurred, or if the student satisfactorily explains suspicious actions or evidence, the matter should be dropped -­ no further action is necessary.
  3. If the instructor decides that a violation worthy of sanction has in fact occurred -­ either because the student admits the violation or because the student denies the allegation without providing a satisfactory explanation ­- the instructor should complete and sign Section A of the "Faculty Disposition of Academic Integrity Violation" form (found in the Office of the Provost section of myLipscomb) and have the student complete and sign Section B of that form. If the student does not return a fully signed and completed copy of the form within 14 calendar days of receipt, the proposed academic penalty specified on the form will be deemed to be the final resolution of the matter and will be enforced by the university. If the student returns a signed copy of the form within 14 calendar days, indicating that he or she does not agree with the alleged violation, the matter will be referred to the Integrity Council for a hearing.
  4. The completed form should be sent immediately to Ruth Henry, SAC 210, in a sealed envelope.

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

  1. 1)    The 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. To do nothing is to abdicate one’s professional responsibility to one’s students and one’s university.
    2)    If the instructor cannot develop or obtain appropriate evidence to support the allegation, the instructor should meet 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, the instructor should privately confront the student with the apparent violation, present whatever evidence there may be to support the allegation, explain the severity of the apparent violation, and ask the student to respond. Instructors should document in writing the content and results of this meeting along with whatever evidence there is to support the allegation.
    4)    If the instructor decides that a violation worthy of sanction has in fact occurred ­- either because the student admits the violation or because the student denies the allegation without providing a satisfactory explanation -­ the instructor should complete and sign Section A of the "Faculty Disposition of Academic Integrity Violation" form (found in the Office of the Provost section of myLipscomb) and have the student complete and sign Section B of that form. If the student does not return a fully signed and completed copy of the form within 14 calendar days of receipt, the proposed academic penalty specified on the form will be deemed to be the final resolution of the matter and will be enforced by the university. If the student returns a signed copy of the form within 14 calendar days, indicating that he or she does not agree with the alleged violation, the matter will be referred to the Integrity Council for a hearing.
    5)    The completed form should be sent immediately to Ruth Henry, SAC 210, in a sealed envelope.

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 the instructor and the student cannot reach a resolution, the case is forwarded to the Integrity Council for a hearing. The Integrity Council will determine if the student is guilty of the charge of an academic integrity violation. The ruling of the Integrity Council is final.
    1. If the student is found guilty, the Integrity Council will impose the suggested punishment noted by the faculty member in Section A of the "Faculty Disposition of Academic Integrity Violation" form.
    2. If the student is found not guilty, no penalty will be assessed and no further action is necessary.
  2. When the chair of the Integrity Council receives a properly processed "Faculty Disposition of Academic Integrity Violation" form, he/she will search to see if this student has committed a previous academic integrity violation offense. If there is a previous offense, the student’s file is automatically forwarded to the Integrity Council for a hearing. The Integrity Council will consider the student’s file in its entirety and may impose additional sanctions in light of the number of academic integrity offenses committed by the student and the severity of the cases. The ruling of the Integrity Council is final.
  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.