Procedures for Academic Misconduct
The reporting of academic misconduct is a step-by-step process. Please review the following information to understand the details of each step.
In order to ensure that the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct are promoted and supported at Purdue Fort Wayne, academic departments should establish a written policy/statement addressing the professional or ethical standards of their discipline that is distributed to all students who are preparing in the discipline. Students have the responsibility to familiarize themselves with the academic department’s policy/statement.
An instructor who has evidence of cheating shall initiate the process of determining the student’s guilt or innocence and the penalty, if any, to be imposed. An instructor shall make initial findings only after informing the student during an informal conference held within 10 business days of discovering the alleged cheating. The conference between the instructor and student must include the charges and evidence and allow the student to present a defense. The instructor may then assign a grade of Incomplete to any student whose case cannot be resolved before the course grades are due in the Registrar’s office.
Reporting the Allegation
During the period in which the student is permitted to drop courses, the instructor shall inform the Registrar promptly of any allegation of cheating so that an accused student will not be permitted to withdraw from the course. The instructor who makes an initial finding that academic dishonesty has been practiced shall impose an academic sanction. Then, within seven business days, the instructor shall supply a written report to the student, the chair of the student’s department, the dean or director of the student’s school or division, and the Dean of Students. This report shall summarize the evidence and the penalties assessed.
If a student’s course grade is affected by the penalty, the student has the right to appeal the penalty imposed by an instructor through the grade appeals system.