Formal Resolution (Hearing)

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Due to COVID-19, any case that needs to be heard via a Formal Resolution (Hearing) will be conducted virtually until further notice. 

If a case is not resolved through an Informal or Facilitated Resolution, the case will be resolved through a Formal Resolution (Hearing). 

To refer an alleged violation of academic misconduct to a hearing, please follow the steps below. If you participated in Facilitated Resolution, skip to step 3. 

Step 1: Assign the Student an Incomplete for the course
  • This will prevent the student from withdrawing from the course and ensure a grade for the course is not issued while there is a pending academic integrity case. If the grading system is not open yet, inform the student that a grade for the course will be issued when the academic integrity case has been resolved. 
  • 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 2: Complete the Charge Form
  • Complete the Academic Integrity Charge Form. If you completed a charge form for a Facilitated Resolution, you do not need to submit another form! 
  • Upload evidence to the charge form. If you have evidence that cannot be uploaded, please email it to Laura Bizzell (
    • Note: Evidence must be submitted before a Formal Resolution can be scheduled.
  • Evidence can include, but is not limited to:
    • Course syllabus
    • Vericite report
    • Assignment(s) or document(s) in question, with the portion containing the alleged violation highlighted
    • Witness Information 
Step 3: Check University email for information regarding the hearing
  • Scheduling requests, hearing confirmations, and other information regarding the hearing process will be sent to your university email.
  • For questions or concerns, please contact Student Conduct & Academic Integrity.
Step 4: Attend the hearing
  • Both sides will have an opportunity to share their information regarding the alleged violation.
    • Please note the hearing will continue even if one side does not show up. If you cannot make the hearing due to an emergency, please contact Student Conduct & Academic Integrity immediately.
  • The hearing panel is made up of two (2) faculty members and one (1) student panelist.
  • The hearing panel will make a determination on the charge(s) by a preponderance of the evidence, which is a more likely than not standard.
  • If the student is found responsible for a violation of the Code, the hearing panel will assign appropriate sanctions.
Step 5: Check your University email for the official outcome letter
  • At the end of the hearing, the student's appeal rights will be explained.
    • If no appeal is filed, the decision of the panel and the sanctions will remain unchanged. 
    • If an appeal if filed, the Provost will review the case. Following the review, an outcome letter will be sent that outlines the Provost's decision and gives instructions on assigning the final grade.