Addressing Allegations of Scholarly Misconduct

Allegations of scholarly misconduct will be addressed in accordance with the procedures set forth below. If a graduate student accused of scholarly misconduct is part of a combined degree program, the appropriate Associate Dean of The Graduate School (whether for Storrs and the regional campuses or UConn Health) and the academic leader of the other degree program will determine whether the complaint will be addressed in accordance with these procedures or in accordance with those of the other degree program, using the procedures of the program to which the alleged misconduct is more germane.

Misconduct Allegedly Committed Within an Academic Course

When an instructor or relevant dean or department head believes that an act of scholarly misconduct within an academic course has occurred, the procedures set forth below shall be followed:

  1. The instructor, dean or department head who believes that scholarly misconduct has occurred within an academic course (the Complainant) shall retain all evidence of the alleged misconduct in its original form. Original papers or other materials need not be returned to the accused student. Copies of the accused student’s work will be provided to her/him upon request. All instructors within the course shall be notified of the allegation and the proposed academic consequences before the student is notified of the alleged misconduct.
  2. Within thirty (30) business days of becoming aware of alleged misconduct, the Complainant shall notify the accused student and their major advisor in writing of the allegation of misconduct and the academic consequences to be imposed. The notice shall be sent by the Complainant to the accused student by email, to the student’s official University email address, and, if appropriate, by first (1st) class mail, postage prepaid, to the mailing address on file with the University. The notification shall advise the student that she/he has ten (10) business days from the date the notice is sent via email to contact the Complainant to address the alleged misconduct and/or file an appeal, and that if she/he fails to do so, the academic consequences described in the notice shall be imposed. The Complainant will provide a copy of the written notification sent to the accused student to The Graduate School, and also will maintain a copy. (Complainant may use the Scholarly Misconduct Graduate School Reporting Form). The Graduate School shall notify the Complainant of the receipt of an appeal filed by the accused student within five (5) business days. If an appeal is filed, the Complainant shall within five (5) business days forward to The Graduate School information supporting the allegation.
  3. The accused student may file an appeal in writing with The Graduate School. Please see the Complaint, Appeal and Hearing Procedures of The Graduate School.
  4. The procedures for evaluating the appeal and referral to a hearing will follow the guidelines set forth in the Complaint, Appeal and Hearing Procedures of The Graduate School.
  5. A student who has been notified that she/he has been accused of scholarly misconduct may not withdraw from the course in which the alleged misconduct has occurred without the approval of the Dean of The Graduate School. If a semester concludes before a scholarly misconduct matter is resolved, the student shall receive a temporary “I” (Incomplete) grade in the course until the instructor submits the appropriate grade.

Misconduct Allegedly Committed Outside of an Academic Course

A substantial portion of graduate and postdoctoral study takes place in contexts where they are not students within a course (e.g., serving as a teaching or research assistant, working as an intern, conducting research and disseminating findings, and taking a written or oral general exam). Allegations of scholarly misconduct committed outside of an academic course will be addressed according to the procedures described in this section. When any person (the Complainant) believes that an act of scholarly misconduct outside of an academic course has occurred, the procedures set forth below shall be followed:

  1. The Complainant shall retain the evidence of the alleged misconduct in its original form.
  2. Within thirty (30) business days of becoming aware of alleged misconduct, the Complainant shall notify the accused person and if applicable, their major advisor, in writing of the allegation of misconduct and the course of action to be taken. The course of action will include academic consequences and if appropriate, referral to entities inside or outside the University for further investigation.1 The notice shall be sent by the Complainant to the accused person by email, to the student’s official University email address, and if appropriate, by first (1st) class mail, postage prepaid, to the mailing address on file with the University. The notification shall advise the person that she/he has ten (10) business days from the date the notice is sent via email to file an appeal through The Graduate School and that if she/he fails to do so, the course of action and any academic consequences described in the notice will be imposed. The Complainant will provide a copy of the written notification sent to the accused student to The Graduate School, and also will maintain a copy. The Graduate School shall notify the Complainant of the receipt of an appeal filed by the accused student within five (5) business days. If an appeal is filed, the Complainant shall within five (5) business days to forward to The Graduate School information supporting the allegation.
  3. The accused person may file an appeal through The Graduate School. Please see the Complaint, Appeal and Hearing Procedures of The Graduate School.

1Examples of referrals to inside or outside the University include:

  • Cases involving allegations of research misconduct on a sponsored project by graduate students or postdoctoral scholars enrolled at Storrs or regional campuses will be referred to the Vice President for Research for review under the Policy on Alleged Misconduct in Research. Cases involving allegations of research misconduct by students enrolled at the Health Center will be referred to the Research Integrity Officer for action under the Policy on Review of Alleged Misconduct of Research.
  • Cases involving alleged violation of standards governing the codes of conduct for students in professional fields (e.g., pharmacy, nursing, education, counseling, and therapy) may be subject to additional review by other entities inside or outside the University (e.g., professional organizations or credentialing boards).

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