Student Handbook: Academic Standing

Academic Improprieties

The term academic impropriety is meant to include, but is not limited to, cheating on homework, during in-class or take home examinations and plagiarism.  The Institute has adopted a procedure to deal with such actions. An instructor of a graduate course may elect to formally charge a student with committing an academic impropriety to the Dean of Graduate Academics or to adjudicate the issue personally. 

If a complaint is made to the Dean of Graduate Academics, the Dean convenes the Graduate Academic Evaluation Board.  The Board investigates the allegation, conducts a hearing and determines necessary actions. The accused may elect to be present at the hearing along with any witnesses he or she chooses. Upon been informed of the date and time of the hearing it is required that the accused provide the names of any such witness(es) to the Dean of Graduate Academics. Appeals of the Board’s decisions are first made to the Academic Appeals Committee and then, if necessary, to the Chief Academic Officer i.e. the Provost of the Institute.  The Board, chosen from the Graduate Curriculum Committee, consists of a faculty member from each of the three schools. 

If the instructor elects to adjudicate the issue personally, any appeal of the instructor’s action is first made to the Graduate Academic Evaluation Board, and, if necessary, to the Academic Appeals Committee and then, if necessary, to the Provost of the Institute.