Frequently asked questions for faculty
Get answers to commonly asked questions by faculty about supporting academic integrity and upholding the academic standards policy.
- What do I need to include in the charging letter?
How do I notify the student of the charge?
Students can receive the letter via hand delivery, by mail to the mailing address listed in MyNevada or by email to the student within WebCampus.
What happens if I don’t notify the student via the methods listed in the policy?
Failure to notify the student in one of the methods provided in the policy shall result in the charge being dismissed.
If I catch one student cheating off of a second student, can I include the second student’s name in the first student’s charging letter?
It is not necessary to include the name of the second student in this case. If your case differs from this, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.
How do I decide what level a violation is?
Level of violation is based on the egregiousness of the act in question. The academic standards policy lists the types of acts that correspond to the specific level of violation.
Can I give a different sanction than what is specified in the policy?
Sanctions that are given must be in line with the Academic Standards policy. For example, if a student is charged with a Level A violation, the sanction cannot be an automatic F in the course.
I confronted a student about their plagiarism/cheating but before I wrote the charging letter, the student withdrew from the course. What do I do?
If the student was ejected or removed from a testing situation due to a violation of the policy, the student will be reinstated in the class. If the situation did not involve catching the student in the act in a test situation and the student withdrew before being given the charging letter, the student can no longer be charged and cannot be reinstated to the course.
What happens if I can’t make the scheduled hearing date?
If you cannot make the scheduled date, you are entitled to receive one continuance. If you do not appear on the second scheduled date (or do not appear without requesting a continuance), the charge is dismissed against the student.
Who testifies at the hearing?
The individuals who testify are determined by the charging faculty member and the student, and each case is different. In a typical case, the people that testify are the charging faculty member or TA who witnessed or has knowledge of the alleged misconduct, the student, and any witnesses either side may have.
Can I get written statements from witnesses to present to the Board if the witnesses are unavailable?
Witnesses who are unable to appear in person may provide their testimony via telephone or video conference.
Can I require my TA to come testify at a hearing?
You cannot require or force someone to participate. If your TA is unavailable for a date, the hearing can be rescheduled or the TA can participate via telephone or video conference. If the hearing is rescheduled because of the unavailability of one of your witnesses, it would count as your one continuance.
Who is responsible for charging the student with a violation?
The charging letter must be signed and submitted to the student by the faculty of record. If you are a TA, you can have your name on the charging letter as well. However, your name cannot replace that of the faculty of record.
Can the accused student require that a TA come testify at a hearing?
No, the student cannot require the TA’s presence. The student may say that the TA is a witness and the Hearing Administrator can invite the witness to attend. However, the TA will not be required or forced to attend.
If I give a student an informal warning for cheating or plagiarism early in the semester, and then the student is found cheating again, can I bring up the informal warning in the new charging letter and/or hearing?
No you cannot.
I learned that one student allowed another student to cheat off of his test. I only charged the student who cheated on the test, not the student who allowed the other student to cheat off of him. Is this allowed?
No this is not. Both students should be charged with a violation of the Academic Standards policy.