The purpose of this resource page is to provide faculty and students with more information regarding what to expect when an undergraduate’s second incident of academic misconduct is referred to Student Conduct and Community Standards.
Student Conduct and Community Standards does not adjudicate potential violations of Adelphi’s Code of Academic Honesty committed by graduate students. Each graduate School or College has a written policy stating their procedures for addressing alleged acts of academic dishonesty, including a mechanism for student appeal. The Dean of the student’s graduate program will have the authority to investigate the reported violation and levy a sanction, including immediate expulsion from the program.
If an undergraduate student is reported for a violation of academic misconduct, and it is the first report received about the student, then the reporting faculty determines the only outcome of the incident. These outcomes include academic consequences related to coursework and educational opportunities. Academic consequences may include, but are not limited to, redoing an assignment, retaking a test or exam, failing an assignment or test, or a grade reduction if the course syllabus indicates that incidents of academic misconduct will result in a grade reduction, or failing the course. Educational opportunities can include attending a workshop in the Writing Center, a reflection paper, or any assignment designed to assist the student in learning from the incident. Student Conduct and Community Standards has assembled a Sanction Guidebook to assist faculty in designing educational outcomes for students.
When a report is submitted, student’s have an opportunity to review the faculty’s report, and respond in writing to this report. Students can contest the report by providing additional information to the faculty. After review of the information provided by the student, sometimes faculty decide to withdraw the report. This action might occur if, for example, the faculty realizes the student was wrongly identified as someone who committed academic misconduct. If the report is not withdrawn, the faculty can determine whether or not to hold the student responsible and if found responsible, the consequences of the violation. Records of academic misconduct violations are maintained in the Provost Office, so that if behavior is repeated it can be addressed with Student Conduct and Community Standards.
If an undergraduate student is reported for a second incident of academic misconduct while at Adelphi, the student will be referred to the Student Conduct and Community Standards office for adjudication as articulated by the Code of Conduct. If the student is found responsible, all previous cases of academic dishonesty will be considered in determining an appropriate sanction(s). Sanctions/outcomes for second violations may include additional educational sanctions, disciplinary probation, suspension for one or more semesters, or expulsion from the University.
The University’s Academic Honesty Policy is available here in the University’s policy library.
Student Conduct and Community Standards uses several mechanisms to adjudicate and resolve disputes and potential violations of the Code of Conduct. These mechanisms range from the least formal (informal resolutions) to the most formal (a Hearing). Typically, second reports for violations of Academic Misconduct are determined by a Hearing because the student may be facing a potential permanent removal (expulsion) or temporary separation (suspension) from the University. A Hearing is a formal process conducted by the University Hearing Board (a three-person panel), or another appropriate hearing office or body. This formal process is designed to gather and consider relevant information regarding an alleged violation of the Code and to determine a sanction, if appropriate.
Disciplinary Conferences may also be used to resolve Academic Misconduct matters, especially when a student acknowledges the behavior reported. A Disciplinary Conference is a less formal process designed to gather and consider relevant information regarding alleged violations of the Code and to determine a sanction, if applicable. A Disciplinary Conference is typically a one-on-one conversation between a student and a Conduct Officer.
More information about Hearings and Disciplinary Conferences are available in the Code of Conduct in Section 17 Adjudication Process for Students.
Regardless of the method of adjudication, all students have the right to:
- have their case heard under regular procedures used for all similar cases,
- receive notice of the charges against them,
- hear a description of the University’s evidence against them, and
- present their account to the office of Student Conduct and Community Standards or University Hearing Board.
As a faculty member, you may be asked to provide more information, such as copies of assignment instructions, copies of the student’s exam or paper, or other supporting documentation so that the student is fully informed and aware of the information available, and so that the student has the opportunity to respond to this information when presenting their case to the Hearing Board, or to the Conduct Officer. You can upload this type of information when you first submit a report. If more information is needed, someone from the conduct office will reach out to you.
As a student, you will be able to view all of the information submitted by the faculty member before a determination is made about your responsibility. You will also have the ability to respond to this information, and present any information you would like the Hearing Board or the Conduct Officer to consider when making a determination.
A disciplinary outcome is typically referred to as a “sanction.” A student found responsible for a violation of Academic Misconduct is subject to one or more sanctions listed in the Code of Conduct under Section 13 Sanctions. When determining the appropriate disciplinary outcome, Conduct Officers and the Hearing Board must balance the seriousness of a second Academic Dishonesty violation with the University’s primary stated responsibility of the conduct process to be educational. Conduct Officers and the Hearing Board weigh several factors in determining the appropriate outcomes/sanctions, including, but not limited to:
- The opportunity for remedial education already provided.
- The likelihood that further remedial education will be successful in changing behavior.
- The impact of the behavior on Adelphi University, its community, neighbors, and academic partners.
- The willingness of the student to acknowledge their behavior.
- The ability of the student to reflect on their actions and articulate an action plan to move forward.
- The individualized learning needs that would assist the student to change behavior.
- Input from the reporting faculty as to the appropriate outcome.
- Input from the student as to the appropriate outcome.
- Prior incidents of academic misconduct and the nature of those incidents.
- The impact a potential permanent or temporary removal will have on the student, considering individual factors and personal circumstances.
Because our process is designed to be educational, the most common outcome of an Academic Misconduct incident is an educational sanction. Students who are found responsible for second incidents of Academic Misconduct are often suspended for a period of time, especially if remedial education was already provided to the student. Expulsion is the least common outcome of these types of incidents. Expulsion may occur as a result of an egregious incident of Academic Misconduct, incidents that impact the University’s community partners or seriously jeopardize the integrity of Adelphi degrees, or in the case of repeated third and fourth violations of Academic Misconduct.
We know that you care about student success and we are available to support you by offering resources, responses and consultations concerning students. We partner with faculty to respond and address disruptive behavior and assist faculty in having difficult conversations with students about classroom behavior and concerns. We also respond to potential second violations of Academic Misconduct and offer resources designed to demystify the conduct process.
Please visit our referral page to learn about other on-campus support services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Student Conduct and Community Standards only intervenes when a student is reported for a second potential violation. If a student is reported for a second violation of Academic Misconduct, a letter will be generated and sent to the student notifying them of the second violation report. A staff member in Student Conduct and Community Standards will reach out to the student to set up an initial appointment to explain the conduct process to them, and to assign the student a Faculty Advocate to assist the student through the process. You may receive a phone call or an email from a staff member in SCCS to ask for more information, or to inquire whether you will want to speak at the Hearing, or provide any additional information to the file.
When a report is submitted, student’s have an opportunity to review the faculty’s report, and respond in writing to this report. Students can contest the report by providing additional information to the faculty. This opportunity provides students with a meaningful opportunity to respond to the information that you provide. This part of the process is designed to be educational for the student because it allows the student an opportunity to discuss the violation with you, and meets due process requirements.
After review of the information provided by the student, sometimes faculty decide to withdraw the report. This action might occur if, for example, the faculty realizes the student was wrongly identified as someone who committed academic misconduct. If the report is not withdrawn, the faculty can determine whether or not to hold the student responsible and if found responsible, the consequences of the violation.
Records of academic misconduct violations are maintained in the Provost Office, so that if behavior is repeated it can be addressed with Student Conduct and Community Standards. Records of second academic misconduct violations are also maintained by Student Conduct and Community Standards.
You should include any and all supporting documentation that you have regarding the violation. Examples of supporting documentation may include copies of exams, or papers, assignment instructions, screenshots of online/Moodle assignments or discussion forums, references to the syllabus when relevant, or copies of emails or other correspondence with the student that are relevant.
You will be contacted by a staff member in Student Conduct and Community Standards who will ask whether or not you want to speak at the Hearing, or provide any additional information to the file. You have the option as to whether or not you want to attend the Hearing and present the information that you have, and provide your insight to the Hearing Board. Faculty are never required to attend a Hearing, and we can accomodate remote or virtual attendance for faculty who do not regularly teach on the Garden City Campus.
A Hearing is a formal process conducted by the University Hearing Board (a three-person panel), or another appropriate hearing office or body. This formal process is designed to gather and consider relevant information regarding an alleged violation of the Code and to determine a sanction, if appropriate. Students subject to possible suspension or expulsion typically have the incident resolved through a Hearing. Students who acknowledge responsibility for the behavior in question can have the incident resolved through a Disciplinary Conference.
A Disciplinary Conference is a less formal process designed to gather and consider relevant information regarding alleged violations of the Code and to determine a sanction, if applicable. A Disciplinary Conference is typically a one-on-one conversation between a student and a Conduct Officer. Students who are not subject to suspension or expulsion, or who acknowledge the behavior in question, can have the incident resolved through a Disciplinary Conference.
You should start to familiarize yourself with the Code of Conduct, and reach out to your support system. Once the report is received, you will be contacted by the office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. The office will attempt to reach you via email and or phone. Please make sure to check your email regularly for communication from the University. A staff member from Student Conduct and Community Standards will set up a meeting with you to go over the process, assign you a faculty advocate, and refer you to other on-campus supports if necessary. The purpose of this initial meeting is to help familiarize you with the process. A determination in regard to responsibility or sanctions will not be made during this initial meeting.
- Writing Center – The Writing Center offers in-person and online tutors, digital drop box to assist with written assignments by providing online feedback, and plagiarism workshops.
- Student Access Office – The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.
- Learning Resource Program – Students with learning disabilities often face additional challenges when entering university. The Learning Resource Program provides support services to students with learning disabilities.
We encourage students to review relevant policies in the University’s policy library, including the University’s Academic Honesty Policy, and the Code of Conduct. If you are enrolled in a professional school, such as the College of Nursing and Public Health, the College of Education and Health Sciences, or the School of Social Work, you should also review any professional or ethical standards for your chosen profession. Students in professional schools and some other settings are often accountable to specialized, and often heightened, behavioral expectations for those individual schools, departments, or professional settings. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the processes and behavioral expectations of the Code and any other standards of their specific school.
Other resources include the Writing Center, the University’s Academic Integrity Quiz, tutors in your academic department, your faculty members, and your course syllabus.
If you are a faculty member, staff member, or student interested in becoming more involved with the Committee for Academic Honesty (CAH), contact the Chair, Brian Stockman, at email@example.com. The CAH is always looking for assistance in putting on events, creative partnerships, and new ideas to increase the reach of our message about academic integrity.
Hearing Board members are appointed in accordance with the Code of Conduct Section 23.3. If you are interested in an appointment please contact:
- Faculty. If you are interested in serving as a faculty member, please contact the Chair of the Faculty Senate. Each April the faculty senate appoints faculty to serve, and makes additional appointments as necessary.
- Administrators. If you are interested in serving as an administrator, please contact the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs. Each April, the Vice President and Dean of Students appoints administrators to serve, and additional appointments are made as necessary.
- Students. If you are interested in serving as a student, please contact the Student Government Association. The Student Government Association recommends students to serve one-year appointments each April, and additional recommendations as necessary.