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FAQs for Students
What kind of behaviors are academically dishonest?
Students can learn more about specific prohibited behaviors on the Academic Integrity for Students - Did You Know? page.
What happens if I am charged with academic dishonesty?
The specific steps taken depend on how serious the allegation is. At minimum, however:
- You will receive a charge notice via your Mix email that describes the allegations.
- You will have the opportunity to meet with your instructor and/or the Director of Academic Integrity to respond to the allegation.
- You will receive a notice of outcome via your Mix email that identifies a) whether or not you were found responsible; b) any sanctions that will be applied; and c) relevant appeal procedures.
Depending on the severity of your case, you will be informed of any additional rights and procedures at the appropriate time.
When and how will I be officially notified of a charge?
Instructors are required to report suspected academic dishonesty within ten (10) academic days of discovery. You will be notified of the charge via your Mix email shortly after the initial report is made.
Do I have to accept the charge and/or sanction?
You do not have to voluntarily accept the charge and/or sanction. However, even if you disagree with the charge and/or sanction, you may still be held responsible and the sanction may still be applied.
Can I appeal the charge and/or sanction?
In many cases, yes - although there are circumstances where you may not be eligible to appeal. If you are eligible to appeal, instructions will be provided in your outcome letter.
What happens during the appeal process?
Evidence from both you and the instructor is reviewed by the appellate officer. Once a decision is reached, the appellate officer will communicate with you via Mix email. The decision of the appellate officer is final.
Can the appellate officer change the decision and/or sanction?
Yes. The appellate officer can a) uphold the original decision and sanction; b) uphold the original decision but reduce the sanction; or c) overturn both the decision and sanction entirely.
However, the appellate officer cannot assign a more serious sanction.
Will an academic dishonesty charge be on my permanent record or my transcript?
It depends. If you are charged with academic dishonesty but are held not responsible, this will be indicated on your student conduct record - and the incident can't be disclosed to an outside party.
If you are held responsible, however, that incident will remain on your student conduct record. For sanctions up to and including deferred suspension, the incident could be disclosed to an outside party for a period of seven (7) years. For suspension or expulsion, this can be disclosed indefinitely.
In addition, certain sanctions do appear on your transcript - and cannot be removed. These include the Unforgivable F (UF), suspension, and expulsion - as well as separate transcript notations that are used in serious cases of misconduct.
One thing to remember: your student conduct record can only be disclosed to a party outside of WVU with your authorization - meaning that you would have to give signed permission for another graduate school or a future employer to gain access.
Where can students learn what to expect if they are accused of academic dishonesty, or if they are asked to serve as a witness in a case of suspected academic misconduct?
Resources for students, including information related to the resolution of academic misconduct, are available on the Office of Academic Integrity website.
Where can undergraduate students find information about procedures for probation, suspension, and dismissal based on GPA?
All information related to probation, suspension, and dismissal of undergraduate students based on GPA is available via the Undergraduate Catalog.
What should a student expect during a grade appeal?
Before appealing a final grade, students are encouraged (but not required) to contact the individual who reported the final grade to express their concerns and attempt to resolve the issue. However, if the student chooses not to do so or is not satisfied with the outcome, they may initiate a formal appeal.
Grade appeals occur at two levels, and must be submitted to the appropriate reviewer or reviewing body in writing. More information, including timelines, is available via the detailed appeal procedures page.
What should a student expect during an appeal of an academic penalty (other than a final grade, and not based on academic dishonesty)?
Before appealing an academic penalty, students are encouraged (but not required) to contact the individual or committee that imposed the penalty to express their concerns and attempt to resolve the issue. However, if the student chooses not to do so or is not satisfied with the outcome, they may initiate a formal appeal.
Appeals related to academic penalties occur at two levels, with a third level of appeal available for program dismissal. Appeals must be submitted to the appropriate reviewer or reviewing body in writing. More information, including timelines, is available via the detailed appeal procedures page.
Can appeal reviewers modify sanctions or penalties imposed by an instructor or committee?
Yes. Appeal reviewers can decrease the severity of a sanction/penalty or dismiss it entirely. However, they cannot increase the severity of a sanction or penalty.