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Academic Honesty Appeal Process

Graduate student academic honesty appeal process will follow the same steps and the same time frame as stated in the grade appeal process. The department policy will dictate the student's standing. Appeals on honesty will be related to the honesty issue, and not the grade or other restrictions placed on the student by the policy.

First Level
The first level of appeal is to the involved faculty member. This appeal must be in writing and should include any information the student feels is important in clarifying the issue in question. The appeal must be initiated 14 days from the time of the student's official notification by the graduate office of the department's action. A copy of the department's policy should be included to clarify procedures and decisions made by the departments. The faculty member must respond within two weeks in writing to the student, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the Graduate School, regarding her/his decision on the appeal.

Second Level
Within two weeks after receiving the faculty response letter from level one, the student may continue the appeal process by requesting in writing that the department review all the data from level one and any additional information deemed pertinent by the student and/or faculty member and make a decision regarding the appeal. The department chairperson must respond by letter to the student involved, faculty, and the Dean of the Graduate School within two weeks regarding the chair's decision on the appeal.

Third Level
The student may continue the appeals process by requesting in writing that the Dean of the Graduate School review all data from level one and two and any additional information received from the student, faculty, and department chairperson and make a decision on the appeal. This level of appeal must be initiated by the student in writing within two weeks from receiving the chairperson's written decision from level two. Within two weeks from the initiation of level three, the Dean of the Graduate School must inform the student, faculty member, and department chairperson of the decision regarding the appeal by letter.

Fourth Level
Within 14 days from receiving the decision from the Dean of the Graduate School, the student may continue the appeal process from level three to level four by requesting in writing that the Graduate Student Rights Committee hear the approval.

The Graduate Student Rights Committee must call a hearing of issues within 30 days of receiving the written request from the student. The student, faculty, department chairperson, and Dean of the Graduate School will be informed by letter within five school days of the decision of the Graduate Student Rights Committee. This decision is the final decision made within the academic appeal process.