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Appeal of a Charge of And/Or Penalty Based on Academic Dishonesty

The individual or committee making a charge of academic dishonesty must notify the student in writing via WVU e-mail of the charge and penalty within 10 class days of discovering the infraction.

This person must complete the Academic Dishonesty Form when an academic penalty for academic dishonesty is imposed, regardless of whether or not the student plans to appeal the charge or penalty.

Class days are defined as days during which the University is open and classes are officially in session. If classes are canceled for the University as a whole for part or most of a day, the day will not be deemed a class day.

Prior to filing an appeal, students are strongly encouraged (but not required) to contact the individual or committee that made the charge and/or imposed the penalty to express their concerns and attempt to resolve the issue.

Students may appeal the charge, the penalty, or both.

Level 1 appeal

  • The student may begin an appeal by submitting a written appeal via WVU e-mail to the Level 1 appeal reviewer within 10 class days after the penalty is communicated to the student. The student’s appeal must include the documentation and evidence forming the basis of their appeal.
  • The individual or committee that made the charge and/or imposed the penalty must provide all relevant documentation concerning the charge and penalty to the Level 1 appeal reviewer upon their request.
  • The Level 1 appeal reviewer assesses the available evidence and makes a decision about the appeal based on that evidence.
  • Within 10 class days after the student has submitted the appeal, the Level 1 appeal reviewer communicates the decision in writing via WVU e-mail to the student and the individual or committee that made the charge and/or imposed the penalty.
  • If the charge and/or penalty are upheld, the Level 1 appeal reviewer completes and submits the Academic Dishonesty Form.
  • The reviewer retains all documentation related to the appeal for 5 years.
  • If the student accepts the Level 1 appeal decision, the appeal is concluded.

Level 2 appeal

  • If the student does not accept the Level 1 appeal decision, the student may continue their appeal by submitting a written appeal via WVU e-mail to the Level 2 appeal reviewer within 10 class days after the decision at Level 1 is sent.
  • The Level 1 appeal reviewer forwards all materials included in the appeal to the Level 2 reviewer. Both the student and the individual or committee that made the charge and/or imposed the penalty may provide additional information if they wish.
  • The Level 2 appeal reviewer assesses the available evidence and makes a decision about the appeal based on that evidence.
  • Within 10 class days after the student has submitted the appeal, the Level 2 appeal reviewer communicates the decision in writing via WVU e-mail to the student, the individual or committee that made the charge and/or imposed the penalty, and the Level 1 appeal reviewer.
  • If the charge and/or penalty are upheld, the Level 1 appeal reviewer completes and submits the Academic Dishonesty Form.
  • The reviewer retains all documentation related to the appeal for 5 years.
  • If the student accepts the Level 2 appeal decision, or the penalty does not include program suspension or dismissal, the appeal is concluded.

Level 3 appeal

  • If the penalty is suspension or dismissal from a program, the student may continue their appeal by submitting a written appeal via WVU e-mail to the Level 3 appeal reviewer within 10 class days after the decision at Level 2 is sent.
  • The Level 2 appeal reviewer forwards all materials included in the appeal to the Level 3 reviewer on request. Both the student and the individual or committee that made the charge and/or imposed the penalty may provide additional information if they wish.
  • The Level 3 appeal reviewer must appoint and convene a Student Academic Hearing Committee (SAHC) to hear the case and review the appeal. SAHC procedures follow.
    • Members are appointed to the SAHC at the discretion of the Level 3 appeal reviewer and shall comprise at least three faculty members. At least one SAHC member should be from the program offering the course or the student’s program; at least one should be from outside the program offering the course or the student’s program.
    • The SAHC holds a joint hearing with the student and any individuals involved in making the academic dishonesty charge or imposing the academic penalty and may also convene additional individual meetings or request additional materials to collect further evidence. The hearing is set outside of the student's scheduled classes; should the student choose not to appear, then the meeting will proceed as scheduled.
    • The student may be accompanied to the hearing or meetings or be advised by a person of his or her choice from the institution. Likewise, the faculty member, academic officer, or committee recommending academic suspension (for academic dishonesty) or dismissal may have an advisor from the institution. Such advisors may consult with but may not speak on behalf of their advisees or otherwise participate directly in the proceedings, unless they are given specific permission to do so by the individual or committee conducting the appeal.
    • The student may be accompanied to the hearing or meetings by an attorney, who may question witnesses and make arguments on behalf of the student.
    • Witnesses may be called by any of the parties involved.
    • A record of the SAHC hearing shall be prepared in the form of summary minutes and relevant attachments and will be provided to the student upon request.
  • The Level 3 appeal reviewer assesses the available evidence, including the recommendation of the Student Academic Hearing Committee, and makes a decision about the appeal. The reviewer communicates the decision in writing via WVU e-mail to the student, and other individuals or committees that have been involved in the charge, penalty, or appeal to that point, including the Levels 1 and 2 appeal reviewers.
  • Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, the Level 3 appeal reviewer completes and submits the Academic Dishonesty Form.
  • The reviewer retains all documentation related to the appeal for 5 years.
  • The appeal is concluded.