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Academic Misconduct

The College of Engineering endorses the policies and rights of students as printed in Section 1 of the General Conduct Regulations in the University of Iowa Code of Student Life.  The College of Engineering reserves the authority to handle acts of academic misconduct as adopted by Engineering Faculty and Staff.

The following regulations provide a procedure for dealing with students who are alleged to have committed an act of academic misconduct:

Guidelines for Disciplinary Action by an Instructor

Exams: In cases of cheating on midterm or final exams, it is recommended that the instructor reduce the student’s grade, including the assignment of the grade of “F” in the course. When a course grade has been reduced to an “F”, the student may not drop the course, nor use the Second Grade Option procedure to eliminate the failing grade from semester and cumulative GPA values that appear on the permanent record card (i.e. the grade transcript) It is recommended that cheating on quizzes be considered as serious a violation as on exams and that the penalty be similar. The instructor shall send a written report of any disciplinary action to the Office of the Dean and the report shall be placed in the student’s file.

Homework, Lab Reports, etc: Each instructor shall announce at the beginning of each course the acceptable policies on student collaboration in each of the graded course requirements. When the policy is clearly violated, a zero shall be assigned for the total portion of the course grade allocated to the requirement in which the violation occurred (e.g., a zero for all homework assignments if cheating occurred on a homework assignment). A written report of this action shall be sent by the instructor to the Office of the Dean and placed in the student’s file.

Student Appeal

When a written report of disciplinary action by an instructor is received by the Office of the Dean, the student shall be notified in writing of the action. If the student feels that the finding of cheating is in error or the penalty is unjust, the student may request a hearing by notifying in writing the Associate Dean of the College. If the student is not satisfied with the results of the hearing, the student may request a review by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Disciplinary Action by the Dean

In cases of flagrant or a second offense, the dean of the College may impose the following or other penalties as the offense may warrant: cancellation of the student’s registration, disciplinary probation, suspension from the College, or recommendation of expulsion from the University by the President. If the student feels that the penalty imposed by the dean is unjust, the student may request a review by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Record of Disciplinary Action

Reports of academic misconduct received by the Office of the Dean shall be placed in the involved student’s file maintained in the Office of the Dean. The Office of the Dean shall notify the student of each report and the right of the student to request a hearing for review of the case. The reports shall be destroyed when the student graduates or within two years after the student leaves the University.

(These regulations are based on the recommendations of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Student Academic Conduct which were approved by the Faculty on April 29, 1980.)