Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
What is the definition of academic misconduct/plagiarism at MSU Denver?
As stated in the Student Code of Conduct, at MSU Denver, academic misconduct "includes but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and submitting same work for different classes. The term cheating includes but is not limited to: use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; misrepresenting class attendance; dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the faculty member in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic materials belonging to a member of the University faculty, staff, or students."
"Plagiarism includes but not is limited to, the use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency that may or may not be engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."
"Submitting same work for different classes means submitting substantive portions of the same work in more than one class without disclosure to, and approval from, faculty members involved."
What role do faculty play with academic misconduct processes?
Faculty determine if academic misconduct occurred (per the definitions in the Student Code of Conduct) and assign any applicable grade consequence to the student. Faculty are also responsible for submitting an Academic Misconduct Incident Report with the Dean of Students Office. Additionally, faculty are encouraged to speak directly with student about the impact of academic misconduct, both as a preventative strategy and after any incident occurs.
Why does the Dean of Students Office need to know about Academic Misconduct violations?
It is possible that a student is engaging in academic misconduct or other misconduct in multiple settings across the institution. The Dean of Students Office is the record keeper for all violations of the Student Code of Conduct, including academic misconduct. Although an individual member of the faculty would not have knowledge of concerns in other areas, particularly in other departments, the staff in the Dean of Students Office will aggregate information from all areas to gain a holistic understanding of the student’s behavior and/or related concerns or circumstances. Additionally, the staff in the Dean of Students Office will refer the student to relevant resources, engage them in developmental dialogue, and/or assign other institutional sanctions to help the student change his or her behavior, depending on the incident that has been reported, as well as any prior history. As such, it is important that faculty promptly report any finding of academic misconduct to the Dean of Students Office, regardless of the level or severity.
What if it is a minor infraction?
Faculty are to report any incident of academic misconduct, regardless of severity. However, for minor first time infractions, the Conduct Officer may notify the student of the report, issue them a warning to not engage in further problematic behavior, and share resources but take no further student conduct action.
What is the role of the Conduct Officer in the Academic Misconduct process?
The Conduct Officer receives the Academic Misconduct Incident Report. As a first step, the Conduct Officer will typically reach out to reporting faculty member to discuss the incident. The Conduct Officer will then notify the student that the incident has been reported and, depending on the severity of the incident and/or any prior incidents, may also meet with the student.
Once the Dean of Students Office is notified, all students who are found responsible for an incident of academic misconduct are assigned a warning, per the Student Code of Conduct, but additional sanctions and/or statuses may also be assigned.
What can be shared with faculty if they call with a concern?
Staff in the Dean of Students Office closely adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). However, faculty members and the staff in the Dean of Students Office may freely discuss the incident at hand, including questions pertaining to whether or not particular behaviors may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and possible sanctions and outcomes for the students. The reporting faculty member will be notified of the outcome of the student conduct meeting, if applicable. Both the reporting faculty member and the department Chair will also be copied on the notification and outcome letters to the student, which will include information about institutional sanctions assigned, if applicable.