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 for Rutgers University–Camden students, 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 (Level 1, 2, or 3), 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. This is the only situation in which a TZ may be used.
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Sample letters/emails for faculty member use:
- Faculty Adjudication letter (use for informing student of allegation of academic integrity violation)
- AIF Adjudicating letter (use for informing student of allegation of academic integrity violation)
- Letter or Email Informing student that there is no violation (use after investigation/discussion if there’s no violation found)
- Letter Informing student of violation and sanction (use after investigation/discussion if violation(s) is/are found and send a copy to AIC along with reporting form)
- Academic integrity policy (URL)
- Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form (URL)
- Academic Integrity Final Reporting Form (URL)
- How to Use TurnitIn in Canvas and Sakai (URL)
- Chief Academic Integrity Officer for the Camden Campus: Chancellor Antonio Tillis; Designate: Sandra Richtermeyer, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- Academic Integrity Facilitators (AIF) – Arts and Sciences: Sarah Allred (Undergraduate) and Michelle Meloy (Graduate)
- Academic Integrity Coordinator – Arts and Sciences: Julie Roncinske