Academic Investigation Process

Outlining the investigation process for students.
In this Section

Process Overview

If a student is suspected of academic misconduct, the instructor will request to meet with them as the beginning of the investigation process. During this meeting, the instructor will explain why they believe the student may have committed academic misconduct and will share the evidence they have. They will then give the student an opportunity to respond.

If the instructor concludes that misconduct occurred, the instructor will provide the student with a letter detailing the evidence, recommended sanction and rights to due process.


Sanctions are intended to address the inappropriate behavior in a constructive, developmental, and educational manner. Sanctions hold students accountable for behaviors which violate university policies. Criteria for assigning sanctions are determined by several factors: the severity of the misconduct, the nature of the incident, and the student's prior conduct record.

Right to Appeal

Students who disagree with the determination of misconduct and/or the sanctions imposed by the instructor or investigating officer have rights to an academic misconduct hearing as described in UWS 14.07(8).

If the sanction is University probation, suspension or expulsion, the hearing is automatic (unless the student waives their right to the hearing in writing). For sanctions less than probation, the accused student has 10 days from receipt of electronic notification or written letter in which to contact the Dean of Students Office and request a hearing before a Hearing Committee.