Below you will find concise summaries of the academic integrity disciplinary processes at Rutgers. There are separate processes for nonseparable and separable academic integrity violations. A nonseparable violation is a relatively minor offense that carries a penalty less than suspension. A separable violation is a major offense for which a student may potentially be suspended or expelled. The flow charts linked below depict these processes in graphic form.
1. When an instructor suspects that a student may have violated the Academic Integrity Policy, he or she must first decide whether the violation is separable or nonseparable. If there are questions about this distinction, the instructor should consult with an Academic Integrity Facilitator (AIF).
2. If the alleged offense is separable, the case must be referred to the AIF or to the Office of Student Conduct for a Preliminary Review (see the Separable Academic Integrity Process below); instructors cannot resolve separable cases. If the alleged violation is nonseparable, the instructor or the AIF may resolve the case, provided that the student is not on disciplinary probation and has no previous violations.
3. The instructor or AIF must notify the student of the suspected infraction in writing. The student must have the opportunity to meet with the instructor/AIF to discuss the complaint and present any information that he or she believes to be relevant.
4. The student is entitled to the assistance of a Campus Adviser throughout the disciplinary process. A Campus Adviser is a member of the Rutgers community who can help the accused student navigate the disciplinary system.
5. Following this meeting, the instructor or AIF determines whether the student is responsible for the violation. If the finding is “not responsible,” the case is closed and the result reported to the Office of Student Conduct (New Brunswick) or the Unit AIF (Newark and Camden). If the finding is “responsible,” the instructor/AIF will impose an academic sanction, such as a paper or other assignment, a workshop on academic integrity, or a grade penalty.
6. If the student does not contest the finding or sanction, the sanction is implemented immediately, the case is closed, and the result reported to the Office of Student Conduct or Unit AIF. However, if the student does wish to contest the judgment, he or she can appeal to the Campus Appeals Committee (CAC). See the Academic Integrity Appeal Process for more information.
1. When a student is alleged to have committed a separable academic integrity violation, he or she meets with a Conduct Officer or an Academic Integrity Facilitator (AIF) for a Preliminary Review. This review is an opportunity for the Conduct Officer/AIF to gather information about the complaint.
2. The student is entitled to the assistance of a Campus Adviser throughout the disciplinary process. A Campus Adviser is a member of the Rutgers community who can help the accused student navigate the disciplinary system and prepare for a University Hearing or Disciplinary Conference, if necessary.
3. Once the Conduct Officer or AIF has reviewed the relevant information and completed the Preliminary Review, he or she determines whether there is sufficient information to charge the student with a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
4. If the student is charged, he or she will answer the charge with “responsible,” “not responsible,” or “no contest.”
5. If the student answers “responsible” or “no contest,” the Conduct Officer/AIF will recommend a sanction.
6. If the student answers “not responsible,” the case will be heard at a Disciplinary Conference or at a University Hearing. Either option is available, as long as the parties agree.
7. A Disciplinary Conference is an informal meeting with a Conduct Officer, who will consider information presented by the accused student and the complaint party and determine whether the student is responsible for the charges. If the student is found responsible, the officer will recommend a sanction.
8. A University Hearing is a more formal process, in which the University Hearing Board (a panel of students and faculty) considers information presented by both parties and determines whether the accused student is responsible for the charges. If the student is found responsible, the board will recommend a sanction.
9. In all cases where a sanction of suspension or expulsion is recommended (whether by a Conduct Officer or by the University Hearing Board), that sanction must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer or Campus Academic Integrity Designee on the student’s campus.
10. Students have the right to appeal the outcome of any proceeding. See the Academic Integrity Appeal Process for more information.