Confronting Academic Misconduct

If you believe that a student is being academically dishonest in his/her work, plan your response.

  1. Understand what your options are. Familiarize yourself with department and campus processes and procedures.

  2. Allow a student cheating on an exam to finish; however, take notes of his/her actions.

  3. Avoid confrontations during class or in front of other students or colleagues. Schedule a time with the student so that you can talk privately.

  4. When privately talking with the student, clearly state your suspicion.

  5. Allow for the student to explain the conduct from his/her point of view.

  6. If the student’s explanation leads you to believe that there was not a violation, discuss future behavior. However, if you were convinced that there was a violation, explain to the student what measures you will take.