Academic Integrity Resources
Responsibilities of Academic Integrity
The Lehigh community considers the promotion of academic integrity a
fundamental responsibility. Statements issued by Undergraduate
and Graduate Student Senates articulate the
understanding of the importance of this responsibility by the student
community. Faculty understand that academic integrity is foundational
to the methods and processes used to educate students.
Resources to Assist In Promoting Academic Integrity
Greg Reihman, Director of the Facutly Development Program has put
together some useful resources related to academic integrity. They can
be found on the web at: http://www.lehigh.edu/~infdli/AcademicIntegrity.htm
Lehigh University Undergraduate Student
Senate Statement on Academic Integrity
We, the Lehigh University Student Senate, as the standing
representative body of all undergraduates, reaffirm the duty and
obligation of students to meet and uphold the highest principles and
values of personal, moral and ethical conduct. As partners in our
educational community, both students and faculty share the
responsibility for promoting and helping to ensure an environment of
academic integrity. As such, each student is expected to complete all
academic course work in accordance to the standards set forth by the
faculty and in compliance with the University's Code of Conduct.
Lehigh University Graduate Student Senate
Statement on the University's Code of Conduct
We, the representatives of the Lehigh University Graduate Senate,
affirm our commitment to an intellectual community in which
undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff share an
obligation to uphold the highest standards of personal, professional,
and academic integrity. In this partnership, we recognize our unique,
multifaceted role as students, teaching assistants, research
assistants, and graduate assistants. As such, each graduate student
has a responsibility to fulfill his or her duties in accordance with
the standards set forth by the faculty and in compliance with the
University’s Code of Conduct.
Advice to Students
- Carefully read the statements on academic integrity generated by
Student Senate and adopted by your instructors.
- Know that Lehigh University will diligently monitor instances of
academic dishonesty. Consequences of academic dishonesty can be
reviewed in the student handbook.
- Consult these tips
for avoiding plagiarism.
Reporting Cases of Academic Dishonesty
Academic Dishonesty Reporting Form
CLICK HERE TO REPORT USING OUR ONLINE REPORTING FORM
Academic Integrity Violation Reporting
The Office of Student Conduct is charged by the faculty with
adjudicating all violations of the Code of Conduct including those
involving academic dishonesty. (R&P 188.8.131.52) This packet if
information is provided to you as a faculty member to assist you in
reporting alleged violations by educating you about the conduct
process, giving you a detailed outline of the reporting process, and
providing you with some resources related to promoting academic
integrity in your classes. If after reading this packet you have
further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Student
Conduct at 610 758 4159 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or via AIM screen name: LehighConduct.
SECTION I - Reporting Alleged Academic Integrity Violations
- If you discover or are made aware of an alleged academic
integrity violation, the first step should be to investigate it as
thoroughly as possible. ALL SUSPECTED CASES OF ACADEMIC
DISHONESTY SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT CONDUCT.
- In cases involving plagiarism you should attempt to discover the
source that was plagiarized. This can be done using conventional
research methods, internet searches or more specialized tools.
Lehigh University subscribes to Turnitin.com A tool that detects
possible plagiarism and provides detailed reports. For further
information concerning Turnitin.com please contact the Office of
Faculty Development (http://www.lehigh.edu/~infdli/UsingTurnitin.htm).
- In cases that involve suspected copying or collusion, review any
suspect assignments and see what sections are most likely to have
been completed dishonestly.
- In cases that involve cheating on quizzes or examinations,
quickly write down your observations regarding the situation for
later inclusion in your narrative (see below)
- If you need assistance in this step contact the Office of
Student Conduct at 84632.
- The decision to confront or not confront the accused student is
up to you, however it is recommended that you explain to the
student that you suspect there to be academic integrity violations
and that you may be forwarding the case to the Office of Student
Conduct. In any case, the student(s) will be contacted by the
Office of Student Conduct if the case is reported (see II).
- Once you have compiled all the information needed you then should
fill out the attached Academic
Dishonesty Reporting Form.
- This form and all requested information should be submitted to the
Office of Student Conduct as soon as possible.
- The Office of Student Conduct will contact you via phone or email
to discuss the matter with you and to answer any questions you might
have concerning this situation.
- At this point the case will be moved through the conduct process
and you will be called as a witness at a hearing before the
University Committee on Discipline.
- Grading: If the situation is discovered after the course has been
completed, please submit a grade of “NF” to the registrar’s office.
SECTION II - The Conduct Process
The Lehigh University Code of Conduct outlines the process used to
resolve Academic Dishonesty violations. There are several important
points that you as a faculty member should know and understand:
- Accused students are “not responsible” until found responsible by
a hearing panel.
- Lehigh University ’s disciplinary process provides accused
students with a fundamentally fair process for resolving alleged
conduct violations. All cases of suspected academic
dishonesty are to be resolved via one of the processes outlined in
the code of conduct. Prior to the hearing, the conduct officer will
review the information you submitted about the alleged violation.
The officer will meet with the accused student(s) and any witnesses
to review the hearing process and gather further relevant
information. The conduct officer will then draft the “letter of
charges” which is provided to the student at least 7 days prior to
the hearing indicating the specific nature of the alleged
violations. In addition, the hearing panel will receive the
identical information to review prior to the hearing. Any relevant
information you provide in writing to the conduct officer (i.e.
copies of assignments, syllabi, email interchanges about the
allegations, etc.) will also be included in the supporting materials
to the accused student and the panel.
- The hearing process is divided into 8 parts, you will be directly
involved in two portions of the actual hearing. (The time commitment
for this is likely to be between 30 and 90 minutes).
- The hearing panel is made up of 2 faculty members, 2 students, and
a member of the Student Affairs Staff. All of these people have been
trained in handling cases of this type and who have volunteered for
the Committee on Discipline. These five members of the panel will be
on one side of a long table. The accused student(s) (and their
advisor if they choose to have someone present) will be sitting on
the other side of the table. A chair for witnesses will be on the
same side of the table as the accused student. A member of the
Office of Student Conduct staff will be in the back of the room (and
will likely have brought you into the room). That person is
responsible for insuring the integrity of the process. Once you are
seated and introduced, the hearing panel will begin by questioning
you. It is likely that their first question will be to give your
interpretation of the events in question. This will likely be a
re-cap of the narrative you provided with the Academic Dishonesty
Reporting Form. Other questions that you may be asked include:
- How often did the student(s) attend class?
- How was the student(s) doing in the class?
- Questions that will allow the members of the hearing panel to
understand your particular academic discipline as related tot his
case. (For example a computer science professor might be asked
what differences or similarities would be expected between two
programs. Why is the assignment/exam in question different from
- Did you discuss academic integrity either in class or on your
syllabus? (please note that this question is not an attempt
to excuse the student but merely to gather understanding about
the student’s knowledge of the issue at hand)
- After the hearing panel questions you, the accused student has the
right to ask you questions. The case officer and the hearing panel
chairperson will not intervene if the student’s questions become
- After the student has questioned you, the panel may ask further
questions (and the student may ask some additional questions as
well). After this you will be asked to wait outside while the
- You will be called back into the room at a later time and the
chairperson of the hearing panel will give you a brief summary of
the accused student’s testimony. Then the panel will ask any
additional questions that they might have and provide the student
with an opportunity to do the same. After this interaction you may
leave. If you would like more information regarding the UCOD hearing
process, please check the Office
of Student Conduct’s website.
- The Office of Student Conduct will contact you via email and/or in
writing regarding the outcome of the case.
- Possible outcomes of a hearing. The hearing process is two fold.
First the hearing panel will determine if the accused student is
“responsible” or “not responsible” for specific charges. If the
accused student is found “responsible” then they are required to
impose sanctions. Findings of responsibility are based on what is
called a “preponderance of evidence”. In other words, the hearing
panel will ask that considering the information we have at hand, is
it more likely than not that this student committed this particular
- If a student is found “not responsible” then the case is over
and you as the faculty member will be required to grade the
assignment in question as if the accusations were not brought.
- If the student is found “responsible” the hearing panel will
impose sanctions. You will be informed of these sanctions via
letter a few days after the hearing.
- One of the following sanctions will be imposed:
- Disciplinary Warning
- Disciplinary Probation
- Disciplinary Deferred Suspension
- Disciplinary Suspension
- Disciplinary Expulsion
- The hearing panel can also assign a grade of “F” in the course
as a disciplinary measure. If a grade of “F” is not assigned,
you are permitted to grade the student in any manner you see
- They may make other recommendations to you regarding grading,
but you are not required to follow those recommendations.
- The hearing panel may assign educational sanctions. Examples
of these include: apology letters, the resubmission of
plagiarized work for no credit, papers on other related topics
to be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct, requirements
to seek assistance in areas in which the student is academically