Academic Misconduct

Academic honesty and integrity are highly valued in the Northwestern campus community. Academic dishonesty seriously violates the integrity of the academic enterprise and will not be tolerated.

Prohibited behaviors

Examples of prohibited behaviors which are violations of the Standards of Conduct and may result in a report of Academic Misconduct are described in Section 3.2.3 of the Student Handbook.

Possible sanctions include:

  • A written warning to the student,
  • A grade of zero, OR
  • Other sanctions as deemed appropriate

How to report academic misconduct

Step 1 - Fill out Academic Misconduct Violation Report Form

If an occurrence of academic misconduct is witnessed or reported to a faculty member, the faculty member fills out an:

Step 2 - Decide how to proceed with misconduct report

The faculty member chooses how to proceed with the report of academic misconduct by either:

  • Handling the situation themselves, OR
  • Forwarding the Academic Misconduct Violation Report Form to the Program Dean for adjudication

Step 3 - Proceed with performing the investigation and notifying the student(s)

If the faculty member is handling the situation themselves, the faculty member:If the report if forwarded to the Program Dean, the Program Dean adjudicates the situation and:
  • Performs all appropriate investigations associated with the potential misconduct
  • Notifies the accused student(s) of the inappropriate behavior and investigation no later than 5 class days after the alleged miconduct
  • Notifies the student(s) of the sanction(s) within 10 class days after the alleged miconduct,
  • Forwards a copy of the Academic Misconduct Violation Report Form to the Program Dean and to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs
  • Performs all appropriate investigations associated with the potential misconduct
  • Notifies the accused student(s) of the inappropriate behavior and investigation no later than 5 class days the alleged miconduct
  • Notifies the student(s) of the sanction(s) within 10 class days of the alleged miconduct
  • Forwards a copy of the Academic Misconduct Violation Report Form to the faculty member and to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Referral to the Behavior Standards Committee

The Associate Dean of Student Affairs, in collaboration with the faculty member and/or the Program Dean, may refer the matter to the Behavior Standards Committee if the situation is determined to be serious enough or if the student(s) have a history of academic misconduct.

Student appeals

The student appeals process is outlined in Section 3.2.3 of the Student Handbook.


For further clarification

Refer to Section 3.2.3 of the Student Handbook or contact:

Kevin Wagner, associate dean of student affairs
kwagner@nwhealth.edu
952-888-4777 ext. 322

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