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Academic Integrity

Upholding high standards of integrity in everything we do is at the core of the
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering values.

For faculty

Both your professional reputation and the reputation of ASU can only be maintained by upholding the highest academic integrity standards in your classrooms and labs. The following tabs will guide you in reporting a violation, provide resources and answer frequently asked questions.

Reporting instructions for faculty

Academic integrity reporting instructions

See Academic integrity reporting instructions flow chart.

  1. Instructor observes or learns of an academic integrity violation.
  2. Instructor communicates with the student or meets face-to-face to discuss the alleged violation. You do not necessarily have to meet face to face with the student but you must make it clear exactly what violation you are charging them with. Additionally, you should make efforts answer their questions related to the charge and/or meet with them if requested.  Acceptable correspondence with students can be done in person, on the phone or using zoom or other similar platforms.  
  3. The burden of proof needed is, “the student more likely than not, committed the academic integrity violation.”
  4. If it has not already occurred, notify the student (email or face-to-face) that you are reporting them to the Academic Integrity Office.
  5. Submit your details, evidence and narrative to the Academic Integrity Office using the reporting portal found on the academic integrity homepage or here. Please report all violations as soon as your communications with the student is complete. 
  6. The Academic Integrity Office will adjudicate the case per *FSE and University policy/procedures.
  7. During this process, instructors may need to communicate with the Academic Integrity Officer and/or participate in a student requested appeal hearing.
  8. While the violation is being processed, the student should be allowed to participate normally in the class.
  9. Once the case is complete the Academic Integrity Office will communicate the outcome and notify the instructor to apply the sanction or, if appropriate, the Academic Integrity Office will apply the sanction.
  10. If semester grades are due before a violation is fully adjudicated submit an incomplete for the student’s grade and notify the student of the incomplete and why it is being submitted. Once the violation is complete, the AIO will contact the instructor to calculate and submit the grade with the sanction applied.
  11. Violation closed

If you have questions you may contact the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Academic Integrity Officer.

*Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering academic integrity procedures and the ASU university academic integrity policy

Faculty FAQ

How do I submit an academic integrity violation?

The preferred method for submitting academic integrity violations is to use the maroon FSE reporting portal button found on this webpage.  If for some reason you are unable to use the portal, you should submit your alleged violation to the Academic Integrity Officer.

Do I have to report all academic integrity violations?

Yes, if you observe or determine that it is more likely than not that the student committed an academic integrity violation then you must report it to the Academic Integrity Office. Following this protocol ensures that the student receives the appropriate due process and that any sanctions applied are consistent and consideration for multiple offenses has been reviewed.

Will the Academic Integrity Office determine the student’s sanction?

No, the instructor reporting the violation will provide a recommended sanction at the time of reporting. However, the instructor and Academic Integrity Officer will work together to determine an appropriate sanction if the need arises or the faculty member requests assistance. For second offense academic integrity violations the Academic Integrity Office will be more active in helping to decide the appropriate sanction.

How much of my time is reporting an academic integrity violation going to take?

The time it takes to report a violation will vary from student to student.  While it is difficult to put a definitive time on the reporting process, the Academic Integrity Office goal is to support the faculty by providing a process that is both efficient and effective for instructors. Once you have communicated the violation, supplied your collected evidence, discussed any details with the Academic Integrity Officer your role is finished, unless the student request a hearing appeal.

What will happen to the academic integrity violation once I have reported it to the AIO office?

If there are any follow-up questions to your report, the Academic Integrity Officer will contact you for clarifications. Additionally, the Academic Integrity Officer may contact you to discuss your recommended or other possible sanctions. If the student requests an academic integrity appeal hearing, you will be contacted about participating in that event.

What if I suspect academic dishonesty is going on but by don’t think I can necessarily prove it?

In the scenario where you suspect academic dishonesty but can’t necessarily say it, more likely than not occurred, we encourage you to communicate to the student(s) your concerns. Provide the student the opportunity for feedback and encourage them to review the ASU academic integrity policies.  Ultimately, any communication, assignments, warnings, reprimands face-to-face meetings that increase a student’s academic integrity intelligence is encouraged. Please note: as a matter of policy and ethics, all academic integrity violations that you believe are more likely than not to have occurred must be reported.

Lastly, the Academic Integrity Office can also investigate academic dishonesty concerns on your behalf. Please contact the Academic Integrity Officer to discuss issues like this further.

Do we have any system in place to help students learn more about academic integrity and the consequences of multiple violations after their first offense?

Yes, all students who are sanctioned with a first offense academic integrity violation are required to complete the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Academic Integrity Remediation Course in Canvas. As always, the AIO office also encourages instructors to regularly communicate, educate and remind students regarding academic integrity expectations within their course.

Will I be required to state my case to a hearing appeal board?

You will only be required to state your case to a hearing appeal board if the student submits a hearing appeal request form within 10 business days after the student notification of sanction letter is sent to them. 

What do I do if I have an academic integrity issue, but I’m concerned for my safety?

If you have an immediate concern for your safety you should call 911.  If you have a concern but it is not an emergency, you should call the ASU Police Department non-emergency phone number at 480-965-3456 and they can help determine the best course of action. Additionally, for non-emergency situations you may call and consult with the Academic Integrity Officer 480-965-9344. Finally, instructors are encouraged to contact the employee assistance office when/if there is a need to utilize ASU’s free counseling services https://cfo.asu.edu/counseling-consultations

What should I put in my syllabus about academic integrity?

Each Fulton schools of engineering syllabus should have the following introductory statement: 

Students in this class must adhere to ASU’s academic integrity policy, which can be found at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity/policy). Students should review this policy and become familiar with each of the areas in which academic dishonesty can occur. All academic integrity violations will be reported to the Fulton Schools of Engineering Academic Integrity Office.  The Academic Integrity Office maintains record of all violations and has access to academic integrity violations committed in all other ASU college/schools. Course content, including lectures, are copyrighted materials. Students may not share outside the class, upload, sell, or distribute course content or notes taken during the conduct of the course (see ACD 304–06, “Commercial Note Taking Services” for more information).

Specific rules for this class are…(*You may enter your specific rules narrative in this section)

Please note:  in your personal rules section you may include your policy on group work/collaboration, use of online aids and other areas of interest to your specific class. It is a best practice to also incorporate your specific academic integrity collaboration guidelines in the instructions for each of your class assignments.  Lastly, when informing students of sanctions for academic integrity violations you should use language similar to: “recommended sanctions for academic integrity violations may include…” This is important because you are not always aware of whether the violation you are reporting/processing is a first offense or a multiple offense for the student(s).

Other questions: contact Chuck Barbee, Academic Integrity Officer at charles.barbee@asu.edu or 480-965-9344.

If you have questions you may contact Chuck Barbee, Academic Integrity Officer for the Fulton Schools of Engineering at charles.barbee@asu.edu or by phone at 480-965-9344.