Responding to an Academic
Know your rights and learn what happens if an instructor alleges your involvement in academic misconduct.
If your course instructor alleges your involvement in academic misconduct, you have the right to due process, which grants you 2 rights:
- The right to be notified: You'll receive an official notification of the allegation from your college's dean of student affairs after your instructor has made an official report. The instructor is not required to notify you before making this report.
- The right to be heard:
- Within 12 business days from the notification date, you must report to the dean your decision to either accept the allegation of academic misconduct or to contest the allegation.
- If you contest the allegation, you must submit a written request for it to be heard by the Academic Integrity Review Board.
The severity of the sanction depends on the nature of the Policy violation and your disciplinary history. Review the list of consequences for cheating to see the sanctions that may be imposed.
Other important details
Read the Academic Integrity Office's Essential Information Sheet (PDF) for more detailed information, including:
- A full list of your rights and responsibilities
- Important deadlines
- What to expect at an Academic Integrity Review
For questions or an appointment with an Academic Integrity Student Advisor:
Contact the Academic Integrity Office, (858) 822-2163.