Reporting Alleged Academic Misconduct

  1. Professor suspects academic misconduct.
    1. Professor sends email inquiry to studentconduct@mga.edu with the student's name and MGA ID number (starting with 983) within 15 University business days of detecting the alleged infraction.
    2. Professor collects all documentation, including student's original assignment/paper/test, any source documents (including but not limited to any online sources and the Turnitin.com similarity report).
  2. Student Conduct officers determine if student has any prior history of academic misconduct and advises professor of appropriate next step.
    1.  Professor complete the online Academic Infraction Reporting form, attaching all documentation noted above.  Faculty are strongly discouraged from sending documentation related to academic misconduct via intercampus mail due to the time sensitivity of the process.
    2. For a first offense, the professor will meet with the student or communicate by email to discuss the alleged infraction and appropriate sanction (in accordance with course syllabus):
      1. Ability to rewrite paper by a defined deadline for a lesser grade.
      2. Grade of "0" on the assignment.
      3. Reduced grade on the assignment.
      4. Grade of "F" for the course
      5. Go to Step 3.
    3. The spirit of the faculty resolution is the conversation, providing the student a better understanding of the offense, institutional resources (i.e. Writing Center and Student Success Centers) and ways to prevent possible reoccurrence of similar allegations.
    4. If incident is a repeat offense, professor advises the student to email studentconduct@mga.edu and request an appointment to meet.
      1. Faculty member provides all documentation to the Student Conduct office as soon as possible by completing the Academic Infraction Reporting Form. (Please avoid using intercampus mail due to the time sensitivity of the process).
      2. Go to Step 4.
  3. During preliminary conference/email with professor (i.e. faculty resolution):
    1. Student will have opportunity:
      1. to review the complaint/charge and the sanction
      2. to be directed to the Student Code of Conduct
      3. to choose from adjudication options.
    2. If student accepts responsibility and sanction, both parties sign the infraction form indicating acceptance and waiving hearing and appeal rights, forwarding the completed form to .
    3. If communicating via email, the professor can request a copy of an email template and the student can acknowledge acceptance of responsibility and the sanction from their MGA email account.
    4. Professor forwards all documentation to AVPSA/SCO.
      1. Until this is done, no official record of the infraction or sanction exists.
      2. Student Conduct officer enters file into Student Conduct Database.
      3. Process is complete.
    5. If student denies responsibility, professor advises the student to email studentconduct@mga.edu and request an appointment to meet.
  4. Preliminary Conference with AVPSA/SCO
    1. Student will have an opportunity:
      1. to review the complaint/charge and the sanction;
      2. to be directed to the Student Code of Conduct; 
      3. to choose from adjudication options by a stated deadline, at a minimum of one (1) College business day.
    2. If student accepts responsibility and sanction, the student and the Student Conduct officer sign the infraction form indicating acceptance and waiving hearing and appeal rights.
      1. Student Conduct officer notifies professor of resolution.
      2. Student Conduct officer completes and closes file in Student Conduct Database.
    3. If student denies responsibility, student may request a hearing on the matter, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct - 4.1.5.3 Student Conduct Procedures and Student Rights