Informal Resolution

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Submission Deadlines

Fall 2020   January 19, 2021
Spring 2021  May 31, 2021

 

Please submit all completed Informal Resolutions via the Submission Form by the corresponding deadlines. If you need to submit an Academic Integrity Charge Form for a student who is not eligible for an Informal Resolution or you have been unable to get into contact with the student, please also submit those by the corresponding deadlines. If you have questions or concerns regarding this, please email Laura Bizzell at lbizzell@uncc.edu.  

 

Informal Resolutions in an Online Environment
 

While courses remain online or remote, we understand that meeting with students in person may not be an option. We encourage all members of our community to follow the current guidance on social distancing. Our office remains available for consultation and we encourage you to reach out if you need further assistance or have any questions.

We believe a conversation between the instructor and student regarding the concerning behavior is an essential part of the Informal Resolution process. We strongly encourage Informal Resolution meetings to occur via phone or video conferencing. Instructors are encouraged to utilize the University’s guidance and tips when working remotely.

If the student has no prior academic misconduct, the instructor responsible for assigning the final grade for the course can offer an Informal Resolution (formerly known as a settlement form).  

  • If the allegation is a severe first offense, second or subsequent offense, the student declines an offered resolution, or a more severe penalty is deemed appropriate, a Facilitated Resolution or Formal Resolution (Hearing) may be necessary.  If you would like to discuss resolution options, please contact our office.

If an Informal Resolution is deemed appropriate, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Contact Student Conduct & Academic Integrity 
  • Email Laura Bizzell (lbizzell@uncc.edu) in order to determine if this resolution option is available. Please be sure to use your UNC Charlotte email account and include the student’s first and last name, and student ID number. 
Step 2: Meet with the Student via phone or video conferencing to discuss the violation(s) 
  • Explain why you believe they are responsible for the violation and present your evidence.
  • Remind the student that once they have received notice that they are charged with an academic misconduct offense, they may still receive sanctions under the academic misconduct process (if found responsible), even if the student withdraws from the course. 
    • If a student withdraws after you have informed them of the pending violation, the academic misconduct process may still continue. If this occurs, please contact Student Conduct & Academic Integrity to discuss this with our staff. 
Step 3: Complete the Informal Resolution Form 
  • The form can be accessed here
  • Explain the form and what the consequence(s) mean to the student. 
    • Please Note: Grades received for academic integrity violations cannot be replaced with the Pass/No Credit accommodation. If you are issuing a grade penalty for a course that took place during the Spring 2020 term, we strongly encourage you to include "ineligible for the pass/no credit accommodation" as an "other" sanction on the form. 
  • Inform the student they have three (3) business days to consult with a staff member in Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, the AIB Chair, their advisors, parent(s) and support persons, or to think about their options before they sign the form. 
    • If the student declines the resolution offered, the instructor must fill out the Academic Integrity Charge Form and the case will be referred to a Facilitated or Formal Resolution.
  • Scan or save the form as a PDF so it can be emailed to the student for review. 
    • Tip: On the online Informal Resolution form, there is a "print" button located on both pages. If you select this, a print preview box should appear that will allow you to select your printer. On the drop down menu for available printers, there will likely be a "Save as PDF" or "Adobe PDF" option that will allow you to save the resolution. 
Step 4: Email the Informal Resolution to the Student 
  • After having a conversation with the student, the Informal Resolution can be sent to their University email account for their review. We are unable to send the resolution to non-University accounts. 
  • We understand you may not be able to get a physical signature, however, it is important that the student either accept or decline the offered Informal Resolution. If the student has access to a printer, they can print the resolution, complete their portion, and either scan or take a picture of the resolution and email their response to you. If the student does not have access to a printer, they can accept or decline the resolution by responding to your email with "I accept the resolution and understand I am waiving my right to a hearing and appeal" or "I decline the resolution." Responses must come from their University email account. Further guidance on what you may want to include in your email to the student is below. 
    • If a student declines the Informal Resolution or you are unable to get in contact with a student after a reasonable amount of time has passed, please submit the Academic Integrity Charge Form.
Step 5: Turn in the completed form to Student Conduct & Academic integrity
  • Completed forms must be turned in to Student Conduct & Academic Integrity within three (3) business days of the student communicating if they have accepted or declined the resolution. 
  • Completed forms can be submitted here.
    • As part of the evidence, please include the email correspondence you had with the student regarding their acceptance of or declining of the resolution. 
    • If you do not have access to a printer or scanner, and therefore cannot provide a physical signature, please let us know in the brief description area on the online submission form. 
Email Guidance:

Consider including the following information in your email to the student:

  • Provide a brief summary of your phone or video conference conversation and ask them to review the attached resolution. 
  • Give the students the following information on how they can accept or decline the resolution and the date they need to inform you of their decision by: 
    • You have the right to accept or decline the resolution. You can do so by:
      1. Print the attached resolution. Select either option 1 or option 2. Under your selected option, please initial next to the statement(s), sign and date it. You can email a scanned copy of the signed form and/or take a picture of it and email me the picture.
      2. If you do not have access to a printer, you can reply to this email to let me know if you accept or decline the resolution. Please state either "I accept the resolution and understand I am waiving my right to a hearing and appeal" or "I decline the resolution."
    • You have 3 business days to review the information. Please let me know your decision by ___________(date). If I do not hear from you, I will assume you have declined the resolution and may refer your case on to Student Conduct & Academic Integrity for resolution.
    • If you have further questions, please let me know. Student Conduct & Academic Integrity staff is also available, and they can be reached by emailing unccharlottescai@uncc.edu.