The Judicial Affairs Advocate (JAA) will serve as the resource to faculty and students regarding the Code of Conduct in order to ensure due process.
a. A faculty member who observes an act of apparent academic dishonesty or receives an allegation of academic dishonesty, e.g. cheating, fabrication, facilitation and/or plagiarism, will investigate the incident or allegation. The faculty member will, with the department chairperson, determine what further action the evidence warrants.
b. If the evidence is not sufficient to indicate that an act of academic dishonesty occurred, the faculty member will request a meeting with the student to discuss the incident within ten (10) business days. If the student does not respond, the faculty member will inform the student in writing of the allegation of academic dishonesty and that evidence does not support further action.
c. If the evidence of an act of academic dishonesty is convincing, the faculty member will submit a Student Incident Report and request a meeting with the student to be held ten (10) business days of the discovery of the alleged violation.
1. The faculty member may assign a grade sanction (section 22.h. of the Code of Conduct) and will inform the student in writing. If the sanction is a reduced grade in the course, the student may not receive a W or AU.
d. The student may appeal the findings and sanctions to the Director of Judicial Affairs (DJA) in writing within three (3) business days of notification of the sanction. If the student appeals, the imposition of the sanction will be delayed until the appeal process is complete. The student will not be permitted to change the grade in the course wherein the alleged academic dishonesty occurred to a W or an AU during the appeal process. If the appeal process extends beyond the
end of the semester, an I grade may be assigned for that course until the appeal is resolved.
e. Within ten (10) business days of the appeal, the JAA will review the documentation for compliance with the Code of Conduct, include the SVCS form in the central repository, search the repository for evidence of prior violations and make recommendations to the DJA. The DJA will inform the faculty member of the status of the appeal in writing.
f. The DJA will review the JAA recommendations and:
1. If the evidence suggests that the academic dishonesty was egregious or repeated and suspension or expulsion is appropriate, the DJA will refer the case to a Hearing Board (sections 33-37 of the Code of Conduct). Within fifteen (15) business days of the notification of the case, Hearing Board will convene and make recommendations to the DJA, who will review the recommendations for compliance with the Code of Conduct and forward them to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will inform the faculty member of the status of the appeal in writing.
2. If the evidence suggests that a sanction other than suspension or expulsion is appropriate, within ten (10) business days of notification of the case, the DJA will conduct a Disciplinary Conference (section 32 of the Code of Conduct) and make recommendations to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will inform the faculty member of the status of the appeal in writing.
g. The Academic Dean may accept, reject, or modify the recommendations and within ten (10) business days of receipt of these recommendations, will inform the student, the faculty member and the DJA in writing of the decision. At this point the faculty member will make any necessary grade adjustment.
h. The Academic Dean’s decision is final except when the sanction is suspension or expulsion. In these cases, within ten (10) business days of notification of the decision, the student will have the right to appeal to the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services (section 46 of the Code of Conduct). Within ten (10) business days of the notification of the appeal, the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services will inform the student, the faculty member, the Academic Dean and the DJA of the final decision. SANCTIONS Section 22h
Academic Dishonesty: The standard penalty for an act of academic dishonesty is an F in the course. Lesser sanctions that may be imposed include the following: a reduction
in the grade for the course; a reduction in grade for an assignment, exam, or project; repetition of an assignment and/or a written warning. -CODE OF CONDUCT DEFINITIONS Section 13b The term “business day” means a weekday (Monday-Friday) when the college is open for business from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Section 13h The term “egregious” means an act of blatant academic dishonesty that interferes with the work, grading or performance of other students or in other ways inhibits CCBC’s educational mission.