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Academic Honesty



The decision and sanctions resulting from an Academic Honesty hearing by APRC may be appealed by the accused student in writing to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) or their designee at

To receive consideration, an appeal must be full and complete upon submission, including in it the basis for appeal, the rationale for any claims or arguments to consider an appeal, and must be submitted by within three (3) business days of the date of the email and letter notification from APRC.

• A business day is defined as any day the College is open, whether or not classes are held, but does not include weekend days and holidays observed by the College. • A student's submission of an appeal suspends the imposition of sanctions until the appeal is decided

• Until both the APRC hearing and appeal are concluded, a student receives an “M” grade indicator (Academic Integrity Indicator) on their transcript for the course in question. While this indicator does not affect GPA, it also does not indicate successful completion of the course, and thus the course in question cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements or to meet prerequisites, until the appeal is resolved. (See the “Evaluation of Academic Performance: Grades” section in the Catalog, subsection “Other Grade Indicators in Use”)

Basis for consideration of appeal may only be one of the following:

• The Process was conducted unfairly. The student argues that the procedural protections were not provided appropriately, the original hearing was not conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, or that there were violations of the procedures as laid out in the policy.

• New information. The student argues that the Provost and VPAA or their designee should consider new information sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not available during the original hearing.

• Inappropriate sanctions only in cases of suspension or dismissal. The student argues that the sanction imposed was not fair and reasonable relative to the violation for which the student was found responsible.

The Provost and VPAA or their designee will notify the student within three (3) business days whether or not there is a basis for appeal, and, if so the form of the appeal. At the discretion of the Provost and VPAA or their designee appeals may take the form of Administrative Appeals considered by the Provost and VPAA or their designee or referred back to APRC for consideration based on the information provided in the appeal letter.

If an Administrative Appeal is granted the Provost and VPAA or their designee shall investigate the grounds for appeal, request information from all relevant parties, and request additional evidence or information in the decisions of the appeal. The Provost and VPAA or their designee further has the authority to uphold or modify the sanctions of APRC, which can include increasing or decreasing the original sanction(s). The recommendation of any designee will then be returned to the VPAA or their designee for consideration and acceptance.

The Provost and VPAA or their designee may also refer the matter back to APRC for reconsideration in light of the new information presented in the appeal and/or to reconsider the sanction(s). The recommendation of APRC will then be returned to the VPAA or their designee for consideration and acceptance.

The decision of the VPAA or their designee is final and will be communicated to both the student and the faculty member, and to the Registrar as the Chair of APRC.

A student dismissed for academic dishonesty may petition the college for reinstatement after one calendar year (see Reinstatement Policy).