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UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community.

What should you do if you are accused of academic dishonesty?

Meet with your professor. This is an opportunity to give your side of the story.

During your meeting with the professor, you'll be asked to sign the Report of Academic Dishonesty form and check one of two boxes: (1) you accept the sanction or (2) you disagree with the allegations and/or sanction.

If you accept the sanction:

The Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed with The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution. OSCCR will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of the report, a copy of the Report of Academic Dishonesty, and the academic integrity policy brochure.

If you disagree with the allegations and/or sanction:

The academic integrity officer will contact you once the Report of Academic Dishonesty has been received. You will need to meet with the department head or designee, and The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution will explain UMD's Student Academic Grievance Policy to you.

Sanctions imposed by the academic integrity officer:
If this is your first violation, no disciplinary action is imposed by the academic integrity officer unless it is a very severe offense. If it is your second violation, you may be suspended or expelled from the University. For a better understanding of the range of sanctions please see the Academic Integrity Violation Sanctioning Suggestions.

What does is mean to have academic dishonesty on a student's record?

Student academic dishonesty is a violation of Section V, Subdivision 1 of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. Once a Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed with the academic integrity officer, a file is created and is kept for a period of seven years. These records are confidential and are protected by federal law. Unless a student signs a waiver to release their disciplinary record (e.g., background checks for employment with the federal government or law enforcement agencies), records are not shared with other people.

Is there a notation on a student's official transcript?

There is no notation on a student's official transcript to indicate they have engaged in academic dishonesty. Likewise, if a student received a grade of F due to academic dishonesty, there is no notation on the official transcript.

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Additional Resources:

If you're struggling with your classes, perhaps you have not chosen the right major; Career Services will provide help for you.

Personal problems frequently affect your academic performance; call Counseling Services for a personal, confidential counseling session.

This is the perfect place to visit if you need extra academic help.