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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.
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:
- Academic Misconduct form (pdf)
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:|
Referral to the Behavior Standards Committee
The Vice President 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.
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:
Dr. Deborah Bushway, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students