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Scholastic Dishonesty

Scholastic Dishonesty is defined in Section 203 of the Student Code of Conduct:"Scholastic dishonesty" is any form of cheating or plagiarism that violates the Student Code of Conduct. Scholastic Dishonesty or academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, and any act designed to give unfair advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two (2) courses without the prior permission of the instructor, providing false or misleading information in an effort to receive a postponement or an extension on a test, quiz, or other assignment), or the attempt to commit such an act.

The UTSA Handbook of Operating Procedures outlines the responsibilities and guidelines for faculty and addresses issues of scholastic dishonesty in Chapter 2.37.

Faculty

  • Investigates and addresses suspected scholastic dishonesty.
  • Makes decision to dismiss or proceed with the scholastic dishonesty allegations. The faculty member completes the Faculty Disposition Form (Referral) if they are proceeding with the allegations.
  • Provides the student an opportunity to respond to the allegations and allows student to choose not to dispute the alleged violation, to accept the academic sanction and sign the Referral form or to dispute the alleged violation and not sign the Referral form.
  • Signs and submits the Referral with copies of all relevant documents and the syllabus to the Dean or their designee for review, signature and delivery to SCCS.
  • Completes and submits the NR form to the Registrar when applicable.
  • Submits final grade when notified by SCCS of the conclusion of the conduct process in coordination with the Dean/Chair.

Student Conduct and Community Standards is responsible for the Administrative Due Process for scholastic dishonesty cases and is available for consultation to assist with beginning the process.
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The Faculty Disposition of a Scholastic Dishonesty Case form is to be used by faculty to initiate disposition or resolution to any issue of Scholastic Dishonesty related to class or course. When scholastic dishonesty is encountered or suspected, this form should be filled out by the faculty member, signed by their chair or dean, and used to meet with the student.

No Report Form

The No Report Form is used to establish a non-punitive grade replacement while a Faculty Disposition of Scholastic Dishonesty Case is pending. The No Report Form is used most often when the incident occurs near the time of final grades. Faculty are responsible for notifying their Academic Dean's office when grades are submitted, noting that pending the outcome of a scholastic dishonesty case, an "NR(No Report) should be posted for the student's grade. The Academic Dean's office prepares a memo, which is then forwarded with the grades to the Office of the Register where the NR is recorded. Faculty members are asked to use the No Report Form any time final grades will be reported during the fourteen (14) day appeal window. If the student does not exercise their right to appeal, grades may be posted on the fifteenth (15th) day. Faculty members will receive a follow up letter from Student Conduct and Community Standards providing additional instructions.