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Technically, yes. According to Academic Senate Resolution 722-10, all faculty members are required to report instances of academic dishonesty to Student Rights & Responsibilities. But, we support and encourage Academic Freedom in the classroom and defer to faculty expertise on whether the instance should be reported.
The process will only take as long as it takes for all parties involved to be contacted, interviewed, and the investigation to be completed. We try to resolve all cases of academic dishonesty within 20 business days of the report being filed. Only in very complicated or rare occurrences will an investigation take longer than 20 business days.
Of course. Student Rights & Responsibilities encourages faculty members to attempt to resolve all minor cases of academic integrity informally, and we even provide a "conflict coaching" service for cases in which you want to resolve the case informally but feel uncomfortable confronting the accused student.
Reasonable people can differ on the interpretation of academic integrity. There is a lot of "grey area" in all of student misconduct, and there are some circumstances in which Student Rights & Responsibilities will disagree with a reporting faculty member's allegation. In those cases, we will be extremely transparent in why we disagree, and at the end of the day, it is the reporting faculty member who assigns the grade, and Student Rights & Responsibilities will never offer an opinion on a student's grade, unless explicitly asked for past/best practices.
Yes! We can help with putting language in your syllabus to prevent some academic integrity, and we can also come into your classroom and do a presentation on academic integrity and how it can impact a student.
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