Here are a few things to keep in mind when you make a report of alleged academic misconduct. It is best to be done in writing. You may send an email or write a memo to the Dean’s representative for the College of School in which the student is enrolled. Please remember that this material will be shared with the student.
Information to include:
- Your name and the name of the course in which the alleged misconduct took place.
- The student(s) names and student number(s).
- Any other student(s) or witnesses who are able to provide additional information
- Brief description of the incident such as observations of the student’s behavior, information about the about the assignment, areas in which you think academic misconduct occurred.
Additional information could include any statements gathered from other students, such as a teaching assistant who observed misconduct.
Documents in Evidence
- Course Materials: include handouts to the student explaining the assignment or examination for which they are charged with misconduct.
- The student’s work. It is understandable that you might wish to provide copies, but if the quality of the paper, specific marks which do not reproduce well, or remains of attempts to alter a paper are essential to the case, originals may be necessary.
- Original sources if the allegation involves plagiarism.
- Annotated remarks including diagrams or marks to illustrate some point which may not be evident to the hearing officer.
- Correct answers to example questions.