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“I will be academically honest in all of my academic work and will not tolerate academic dishonesty of others.” - UGA Student Honor Code

Each University of Georgia instructor has a responsibility to report to the Office of the Vice President for Instruction if he/she believes a student may have violated the university’s academic honesty policy. The instructor should allow the student to complete all required academic work and evaluate and grade all work except the assignment(s) involved in the allegation of possible dishonesty. That instructor may, however, take any action reasonably necessary to collect and preserve evidence of the alleged violation and to maintain or restore the integrity of exam or laboratory conditions. Instructors who believe a student may have violated the academic honesty policy should complete the online form. Reports should be filed no later than 15 days from the date the possible dishonesty is discovered.

The Director will notify the student(s) by e-mail and provide him/her with a copy of the Report that has been filed. The instructor who reports the matter will be copied on the notification. The Director will schedule a Facilitated Discussion for the student(s) and instructor to discuss the issue with the goal of reaching an agreement about the matter.  Instructors should refrain from discussing the Report with the student(s) until a facilitator is available. The instructor is expected to bring all relevant material to the Facilitated Discussion.

The Director will assign a trained facilitator to assist the instructor and student in an educational discussion about the Report. If both the instructor and student agree that dishonesty occurred, both will discuss appropriate sanctions for the violation. Sanctioning at this level is determined by the instructor and student. The goal of the Facilitated Discussion is a mutually agreeable resolution.

If the student and instructor are unable to reach an agreement about the violation or sanction, the matter will move forward to a Continued Discussion with an Academic Honesty Panel. At this level, the Panel will determine the outcome of the matter.  

Instructors should read the full academic honesty policy, A Culture of Honesty and review the UGA Facilitated Discussion Model and Facilitated Discussion Agreement before a Facilitated Discussion. Questions about the process should be referred to the Coordinator for Academic Honesty at (706) 542-4336 or by e-mail at: honesty@uga.edu.

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