Academic Integrity / Misconduct

Academic misconduct is a vital issue concerning all members of the University of Wisconsin-Stout community. Those who engage in academic misconduct, and those who ignore it when they become aware of it, threaten the integrity of the University and of the educational process. The University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code, UWS Ch 14 Academic Misconduct, provides procedures regarding academic misconduct.

Student Rights If Alleged of Academic Misconduct

If it is alleged that you engaged in misconduct you have the right to participate in the adjudication process by telling your side of the story, presenting evidence in support of your story, and having your story given full consideration by the investigator.

Academic misconduct (UWS Chapter 14) allegations are typically investigated by the course instructor (although University Investigating Officers may fill this role if necessary).

The investigating officer will offer to discuss the matter with you and will consider all information before deciding that misconduct occurred or imposing sanctions. The purpose of this discussion is to review with you the evidence for the investigator's belief that you engaged in misconduct and to allow you to respond.

You cannot be forced to participate in such a meeting, but the investigating officer may make a decision based on the available evidence if you choose not to discuss the matter.

If the investigating officer concludes that you did violate University rules, and if you disagree with the finding of responsibility and/or the sanction imposed you always have the right to a further hearing.


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