Academic Misconduct

Undergraduate Colleges
As stated in Regulation 1 of the Code of Student Life General Conduct Regulations, violation of the regulations for academic misbehavior is ordinarily handled within the department or college concerned. The following procedure applies specifically to the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Business. Students who wish more specific information should inquire at the office of their respective dean.

Reporting of Plagiarism and Cheating
All cases of plagiarism and cheating are reported for action to the designated person in the office of the dean of the college, through departmental channels, with a statement of the necessary facts. The department and the instructor concerned may also submit recommendations in each case for appropriate disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Action

  1. By the Instructor.
    The individual instructor may reduce the student's grade, including the assignment of the grade of "F" in the course. A report of this action should always be sent to the dean's office.
  2. By the Dean.
    The dean of the college or a student-faculty committee appointed by him or her may impose the following or other penalties as the offense may warrant; disciplinary probation, suspension from the college, or recommendation of expulsion from the University by the president.

Referral to the Office of the Provost

  1. By the Dean.
    In the cases of flagrant or repeated offenses or for other reasons deemed sufficient by the dean of the college, the case and records may be referred to the Office of the Provost for appropriate action.
  2. By the Student.
    If the student feels that the penalty imposed by the dean is unjust, the student may request a review by the Office of the Provost.

Record of Disciplinary Action
The dean's office shall maintain a record of disciplinary cases and disposition thereof and shall notify other agencies of the University, as are concerned, with action taken in the case. The student involved shall be informed that a record is being kept of the offense.

Graduate Colleges
Questions of academic dishonesty arising within the colleges of Medicine, Law, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health, and the Graduate College are treated on an individual basis.

In the Graduate College, the questions are handled at the departmental level. If the departmental decision is appealed, the dean may appoint an appeals committee of faculty and students from a slate of nominees prepared by the Graduate Council and the Graduate Student Senate to recommend an appropriate course of action. The Graduate College policy on plagiarism is posted in Section IV.F on the Manual athttp://www.grad.uiowa.edu/manual-part-1-section-iv-academic-standing-probation-and-dismissal#1.4.E. 

Students in professional graduate colleges should inquire at the office of their respective dean for further information. If the student disagrees with the decision made by the Dean, the student may request a review by the Provost.

Disqualification from Academic Programs

As part of the college's academic standards program, professional colleges enforce ethical conduct codes for enrolled students. Students may obtain a copy of the college's current ethical rules and procedures by contacting the Dean of the college. In addition to suspending a student for unethical behavior, the college may contact the state professional licensing agency and decline to recommend the student for licensure.

Professional degree programs ordinarily include practicum requirements for graduation. As a pre-requisite for enrollment in a practicum, students admitted to a professional program may be required to successfully complete a training or orientation course, a health screening, and a criminal background check or meet other criteria required by practicum worksite policy.

A student admitted to an academic program who is disqualified from the program by the department may ask the Dean to review the department's decision. If the student disagrees with the decision made by the Dean, the student may request a review by the Provost.