As of June 2, 2020, all academic units at Rutgers University are operating under a university-wide academic integrity policy. Allegations of academic integrity violations are processed by the individual academic units in which the violation was committed (for example, a School of Business student taking an economics course would be referred to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for investigation, not the School of Business). All decisions, no matter what the level of the alleged violation, are made on our campus. 

A notable feature of the policy is that faculty members may choose to investigate and sanction Level 1 and Level 2 academic integrity violations. They may also request an Academic Integrity Facilitator (AIF) adjudicate the case. According to the policy, “Level 1 violations may occur as a result of inexperience or lack of malicious intent by the person committing the violation. Level 2 violations include misconduct of a more serious character or misconduct that affects a major, significant, or essential portion of work to be done to meet course requirements. These violations demonstrate premeditation or may have posed harm to others. The student alleged to have committed the violation may have one or more previous violations.”

Only Academic Integrity Facilitators may adjudicate Level 3 violations. According to the policy, Level 3 violations “represent the most serious breaches of conduct. They may involve a serious violation of a professional code of conduct; may include extreme cases of dishonesty and maliciousness or violations of law; and/or are likely to cause direct harm to others.” Possible sanctions for Level 3 violations include the grade of XF, suspension, or expulsion.

No matter the level of violation, the faculty member should use the Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form to report the violation and wait to receive next steps from the Academic Integrity Coordinator. 

If the case is pending at a time when final grades are due, faculty are to assign the student a “TZ.”  The TZ may be changed once the responsibility and sanction, if applicable, are determined. 

If the faculty member chooses to adjudicate the case him/herself, please follow the step-by-step procedure as set forth below:

  • Within 15 business days of discovery, fill out and submit the Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form. Wait to receive clearance from the Academic Integrity Coordinator. 
  • Send written notification to the student about the allegation of an academic integrity violation (use the A.I. Violation Allegation and Meeting Request Letter Template).
    • Note that it is imperative that you offer the student a chance to meet.  No decisions can be made about the student’s responsibility and sanction until the student has the opportunity to respond to the accusation.  Students have five business days to respond to your initial notification.  If they fail to respond, you may make a decision regarding their responsibility and the sanction based on the evidence you have.
  • After the meeting and within 15 business days, you must notify the student in writing either that 1) you found that no violation occurred (use the Inform Student That There Is No Violation Template) or 2) a violation occurred and that you have chosen a sanction (use the A.I. Violation Sanction Letter Template).   
  • Fill out, sign, and submit the Academic Integrity Final Reporting Form.
  • Submit all forms, letters, and supporting materials (e.g., the student’s paper and the sources s/he used) to Julie Roncinske in the FASC-Office of the Dean.

If the faculty member chooses to have an Academic Integrity Facilitator (AIF) adjudicate the case, please follow the step-by-step procedure as set forth below:

Below you will find links to several documents that will be helpful to you. Any questions about the policy or procedures can be directed to Jane Siegel, Associate Dean for FASC Undergraduate Programs and University College, and/or Michelle Meloy, Associate Dean for FASC Graduate School and Research, who are the unit’s Academic Integrity Facilitators, or to Michael Palis, Provost, who is our campus point person for academic integrity issues, or to Julie Roncinske, Assistant Dean, who is the unit’s Academic Integrity Coordinator. In addition, please note that there is an appeal process available to students, which is administered on the campus.

Sample letters/emails for faculty members:

Please feel free to contact any of those listed below about issues or questions related to the academic integrity policy.

Chief Academic Integrity Officer for the Camden Campus: Margaret Marsh; Designate: Michael Palis, Provost
Academic Integrity Facilitators – Arts and Sciences: Jane Siegel (Undergraduate) and Michelle Meloy (Graduate)
Academic Integrity Coordinator – Arts and Sciences: Julie Roncinske