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What if I Suspect Academic Dishonesty?

The WPI faculty and administration have developed a set of procedures designed to ensure uniform (and fair) treatment of undergraduate or graduate students suspected of academic dishonesty.

  1. Faculty shall report to the department chair any suspected act of academic dishonesty.
  2. The chair shall review cases referred to him/her to determine if there is reason for believing that academic dishonesty may be involved.
  3. Faculty shall allow the student to continue in the course without prejudice, pending resolution of the case.
  4. The chair or instructor shall check with the dean or associate dean of students to determine if the student has any record of prior offenses involving academic dishonesty.
  5. The chair or instructor shall consult with the student involved. If the act of academic dishonesty is admitted and is the first violation of that nature, the chair or instructor may resolve the complaint within the department, provided the penalty is accepted in writing by the student. The maximum penalty that can be applied at the department level is dismissal from a course or a project without credit. In all cases, a signed, written report on the matter, including the action taken, shall be sent to the Student Life Office and to the student's Academic Advisor.
  6. Faculty and/or students may request that a case be heard by the Campus Hearing Board in lieu of a departmental agreement, even if the student accepts responsibility. The Campus Hearing Board may impose any sanction, up to and including expulsion, for an act of academic dishonesty.
  7. For the second and subsequent violations, the case shall be submitted to the Campus Hearing Board for resolution. Continued on page 8
  8. The Campus Hearing Board shall hear the allegations following standard procedures for disciplinary hearings established by WPI. The board may impose normal disciplinary sanctions and may recommend loss of any credit or grade for the course or project. If a student is found not responsible on a complaint of academic dishonesty, he/she may not be failed or penalized by the instructor on the grounds of dishonesty. The instructor shall assign a grade based on his or her assessment of the student's mastery of the material being evaluated.
  9. Disciplinary records for any act of academic dishonesty shall be retained in the Student Life Office for two years from the date of graduation or withdrawal from WPI, except when the sanction includes suspension or expulsion. In cases resulting in suspension or expulsion from WPI, disciplinary records shall be kept in perpetuity. Records for cases that are pending completion of the hearing and/or the sanction shall be kept in perpetuity.

Judicial records are kept separate from a student's academic records. A student's judicial record may be shared internally as appropriate to determine if a past record exists. Records shall be available to prospective employers and other authorized individuals in accordance with federal regulations that require written permission from the student involved.

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