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

This page provides detailed guidelines for appealing a charge of and/or sanction for academic dishonesty. More questions? Contact the Office of Academic Integrity via email or by phone at (304) 293-8111.

General Information on the Appeals Process

  • Within 10 academic days after the penalty is communicated to the student, a written appeal and supporting documents may be submitted via the link provided in the outcome letter. The appeal will then be forwarded to the appropriate appellate officer for review.
  • Students may appeal the charge, the penalty, or both. However, 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.
  • 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 appellate officer upon request.
  • Academic 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 an academic day. For those cases which occur near a University break (e.g., Spring Break or Winter Recess) or holiday, the time to appeal may extend to academic days after that break or holiday.
  • Once the appellate officer issues a decision, the matter is concluded and no further appeals are possible.
  • The appellate officer retains all documentation related to the appeal for 5 years.

Course-Level Process

  • The course-level reviewer is the dean (or designee) of the school or college in which the course is offered. If the course-level reviewer is the individual who reported the alleged misconduct, the Office of Academic Integrity will work with the school or college to identify an appropriate alternative.
  • In the Course-Level Process, the student may be accompanied to any appeal proceeding or be advised by a person of his or her choice from the University.
  • Within 10 academic days after the student has submitted the appeal, the course-level reviewer communicates the decision in writing via WVU e-mail to the student and the Director of Academic Integrity.
  • Grade-based sanctions are not stayed pending appeal, but may be reversed if warranted based on the appellate officer’s decision.

Academic Dishonesty Conduct Process

  • The appellate officer for cases managed through the Academic Dishonesty Conduct Process is the Provost of West Virginia University (or designee).
  • In the Academic Dishonesty Conduct Process, the student may be represented by an attorney, or be accompanied or advised by a person of his or her choice from the University. More information on the role of either an attorney or advisor is available in the West Virginia University Campus Student Code.
  • Within 30 calendar days after the student has submitted the appeal, the appellate officer communicates the decision in writing via WVU e-mail to the student and the Director of Academic Integrity.
  • Grade-based sanctions are not stayed pending appeal, but may be reversed if warranted based on the appellate officer’s decision. All other sanctions (e.g., disciplinary, educational) are stayed pending appeal.

Appeal Procedures for Exempted Programs

The following schools and/or programs are exempted from the WVU Policy on Student Academic Integrity.

  • College of Law: information on academic dishonesty procedures, including appeals, is found in the CoL Academic Catalog, Professional Responsibility and Bar Admission, Sections A & B.
  • College of Health Sciences: for the following exempted programs, appeals should be directed to the appropriate Committee on Academic and Professional Integrity.
    • School of Dentistry
      • Doctor of Dental Surgery
      • Master of Science in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics
    • School of Medicine
      • Doctor of Medicine
      • Doctor of Physical Therapy
      • Master of Health Science in Pathologists' Assistant
      • Master of Occupational Therapy
      • Physician Assistant Studies
    • School of Pharmacy
      • Doctor of Pharmacy