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Step by Step Guide to Addressing Academic Misconduct


  1. Review the definition of academic misconduct to evaluate the suspected misconduct. In addition to this step-by-step guide, you can also review the full details of the procedure excerpted from Policy 2020, the Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Document the alleged incident of academic dishonesty.
    1. Materials may include crib notes, copies of exams, or plagiarized materials and sources.
    2. If you are alleging a student plagiarized and/or copied another individual’s work, retain a copy of that work, along with the student’s work, with the sections clearly underlined and/or marked that are similar.
    3. Include your course syllabus.
  3. Notify the student of your allegation and provide the student with an opportunity to respond in-person if possible, Google Hangout, phone, and email are also options. Your notification should include a date and time by which the student needs to respond. This webpage contains suggestions for discussing possible academic misconduct which may be helpful.
  4. Consult with your department chair.
  5. Notify the student of your decision, the reasons why you have made this determination, and any sanctions if the outcome is “responsible.”  Sanctioning guidance is also available on this website. Include the following appeal information, “You may appeal this decision within the next ten (10) days by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students or by filling out the appeal form, which can be found at”
  6. Copy (Student Rights and Responsibilities) on your decision email.
  7. Complete the online Academic Dishonesty report form.   Note: faculty may request a paper version of the form by emailing
  8. Submit all pertinent materials by uploading in the online form, emailing, or via campus mail to:
    Office of the Dean of Students
    Norco Building, Room 116
    1910 University Drive
    Boise, ID 83725-1370

The Office of the Dean of Students will notify the student that the report has been received and if this is the student’s first violation, may assign an educational outcome such as an online Academic Integrity workshop.

The student has until the stated 10 days to submit an appeal in writing to the Office of the Dean of Students. Faculty, departments, and colleges will be notified if/when a case is being reviewed as well as the outcome. The appeal process is documented in section 8 of the Student Code of Conduct.

Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (208) 426-1527 if you have any questions regarding the process above.