A. There are two reasons faculty should use the system:
Students who are found responsible for a second or third offense get much harsher penalties, but if they’re not “in the system,” we don’t know about them. We particularly want to discourage serial cheating.
The University has an established policy for dealing with allegations of academic misconduct. A faculty member who doesn’t use the system risks a lawsuit (against the individual, not Bucknell) if a student thinks they have been treated unfairly by the faculty member.
A. When a student commits a minor offense and you believe it was done through ignorance, you may decide that educating the student is a more appropriate response than sending the case to the associate dean.
However, if you feel that a penalty has to be imposed, you need to send the case to the dean. Because Bucknell has an established policy and procedures, only the Board of Review on Academic Responsibility has the legal authority to assess penalties.
A. Faculty may ask students to submit their assignments through TurnItIn in Moodle. Both services check essays for similarities to electronic sources.
If you suspect a student plagiarized a print source, you are the best person to look for the source because you are familiar with the literature in your field. This may take time but if we want our students to take academic responsibility seriously, we need to enforce consistently the University’s policies.
A. The student should report the incident to you so that you can investigate. If you feel that charges need to be filed, the letter to the dean should come from you.
A. The faculty member may be present at the hearing. The faculty member should inform the appropriate associate dean so that the hearing can be scheduled accordingly.
The faculty member may not cross-examine the student directly, but the chair of the board panel will ask the faculty member at an appropriate time whether they have comments or questions.
A. After the hearing, the registrar, who serves as secretary to the Board of Review, will tell the associate dean the decision of the board. The associate dean will then write you a letter.
A: If a case cannot be adjudicated before final grades are due, the associate dean will give the student an “administrative incomplete.”
The faculty member will be asked to fill out a change of grade form (available in the dean’s office) after the board makes its determination.
A: All the files relating to academic misconduct cases are kept in the Registrar’s Office, separate from the student’s academic files.
If the penalty imposed is less than an F in the course, the file is destroyed upon graduation unless the student is a senior, in which case it is retained for one year after graduation and then destroyed.
If the penalty is an F in the course, suspension or expulsion, the file is kept indefinitely.
The files are confidential, but if someone who has a “right to know,” such as a prospective employer, an education certification board or a graduate school admissions officer, asks us about a particular student’s academic responsibility record, we are required to reply. For students who receive a reprimand outcome, a letter of reprimand is not part of the student’s permanent record and will not be reported to entities external to the University as a finding of responsibility or imposition of adverse disciplinary action.
A letter of reprimand remains in a student’s file until graduation, when it is removed. Reprimands are taken into account in determining penalties in the event of future violations of academic conduct regulations.
A: The registrar maintains a list of the kinds of cases and the penalties assigned as Board of Review statistics in Banner, which is accessible to anyone with a Banner password.
The list is updated every year and includes spring and fall semesters.