Office of the Dean of Students
Vandenberg Hall, Room 120
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4452
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Before submitting an allegation...

Before submitting an allegation of academic misconduct, please carefully consider the following items:

  • Was the action by the student merely a mistake and/or something that can be corrected with further instruction?
  • Is this a teachable moment or something that needs to go through the conduct process?

When submitting an allegation of academic misconduct near the end of the semester, please make sure to complete your submission within 48 hours of when grades are due and also please submit an “I” grade for the student’s final grade. The grade can be changed once the conduct process is complete.

When submitting an allegation of academic misconduct, please remember that the person(s) reviewing the allegation will not be as familiar with the content as you are. Therefore, it is important to provide a clear road map describing the allegation.

Please feel free to call the Dean of Students office for advice on how to prepare your materials prior to submission.

Plagiarism

Before submitting an allegation of academic misconduct involving plagiarism, you may want to first review the examples of previously submitted materials located below. As the reporting professor, we need you to supply:

  • A copy of the student’s submitted work, clearly outlining the alleged plagiarized passages
  • A copy of the source material(s) for the alleged plagiarized passages (links to the plagiarized materials are not sufficient)

Finally, as is shown in the examples, (#1, #2, & #3) it is important to connect the alleged plagiarized passage(s) in the student’s submission to the alleged plagiarized source material(s). If the material you are submitting is extensive in length, please make sure to review example #3. This original submission contained more than 70 pages of material. As you can see, the professor provided very helpful information to our office on the first pages of the two articles indicating the exact pages where the alleged plagiarized passages could be found.

Cheating and/or Unauthorized Collaboration

Before submitting an allegation of academic misconduct involving cheating and/or unauthorized collaboration, please first review the below tips for submitting these types of allegations.

  • Ensure that your written allegation clearly describes how your classroom instruction and/or syllabus educated students on the topics of cheating and/or unauthorized collaboration.
  • Ensure that your submitted materials clearly describe how the student(s) work clearly stands out from the rest of the classes work. Sometimes it is almost more important to focus on what the students who are not being accused did rather than on the accused student(s).
  • Ensure that your submitted materials do all they can to clearly describe the alleged infraction.
  • If the allegation involves multiple students, you must submit all student names even if you do not believe a student is involved in the allegation.

Students Accusing other Students

When the allegation is originating from another student(s), we also need you to submit the name of the student(s) who brought forth the allegation. The student(s) bringing forth the allegation will also be called in for a meeting with the Dean of Students office.

As always, please feel free to call us to consult on any submissions.