Responding to Violations
Promoting academic integrity is the responsibility of the entire Carnegie Mellon community. Because we seek to maintain the highest possible standards at Carnegie Mellon, the urge to get ahead can sometimes tempt students to use questionable or inappropriate methods - especially when the stakes seem to be high. Under stress or time pressure people may rationalize that no one is hurt if a student “takes a shortcut” or if an instructor does not report a suspected violation. But each person's attitudes and actions contribute to our individual and community standards. Bit by bit, what may seem like small ethical compromises sacrifice the integrity of our academic community.
To preserve the integrity of our community, it is essential that the proper action is taken if instructors or students suspect that a violation of academic integrity has occurred. Likewise, if a student is accused of an academic integrity violation, the willingness to learn and move forward from the situation signals a desire to return to good standing within the community
1st Violation - What to Expect
Once the report has been filed, you can expect to be contacted by your department for a follow-up meeting to review the implications of this and any future violations as well as your options for appeal. You should review your departmental handbook for the process that is specific to your department. The department may choose to impose additional penalties which can range from academic probation to loss of funding to suspension or even dismissal from the program. You will also be contacted by the Office of Community Standards and Integrity for a follow-up meeting to discuss protocols for record keeping.
2nd Level Review
The Academic Disciplinary Actions Overview for Graduate Students notes that second-level reviews can be initiated by the following sources:
- By a student who disputes the appropriateness of the penalty or the procedure for handling the case
- By an instructor (or the home department or college) who would like to request that a student be expelled
- By the provost who can recommend a review of the case