Academic Integrity Process Nursing

INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL OF NURSING FACULTY

As of July 1, 2008, all academic units at Rutgers University are operating under a university-wide academic integrity policy, which places the process of dealing with allegations of academic integrity violations with individual academic units, a practice that has been in place at Rutgers University–Camden for several years. All decisions, no matter what the level of the alleged violation, are made on our campus. The policy was last updated as of September 1, 2013.

A notable feature of the policy is that faculty members may choose to investigate and sanction non-separable academic integrity violations (those that would not lead to a recommendation for suspension or expulsion), then report the sanction to the unit’s Academic Integrity Facilitator (AIF). Faculty members may also refer alleged violations to the unit AIF for investigation and sanction.  It should be noted that the procedure follows the school of the course, not the school in which the student is enrolled (for example, a School of Business student taking an economics course would be referred to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for investigation, not the School of Business). No matter which option is selected, the faculty member should use the Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form to report the violation. This is particularly important in case a student has previously been found to have committed an academic integrity violation.

If the case is pending at a time when final grades are due, faculty are to assign the student a “TZ.”  The TZ may be changed once the responsibility and sanction, if applicable, are determined. 

If the faculty member chooses to adjudicate the case him/herself, please follow the step-by-step procedure as set forth below:

·         Fill out and submit the Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form

·         Send written notification to the student about the allegation of an academic integrity violation (use the template available here)

o    Note that it is imperative that you offer the student a chance to meet.  No decisions can be made about the student’s responsibility and sanction until the student has the opportunity to respond to the accusation.  Students have ten business days to respond to your initial notification.  If they fail to respond, you may make a decision regarding their responsibility and the sanction based on the evidence you have.

·         After the meeting, you must notify the student in writing either that 1) you found that no violation occurred (use the template available here) or 2) a violation occurred and that you have chosen a sanction (use the template available here).   

·         Fill out, sign, and submit the Academic Integrity Final Reporting Form.

·         Submit all forms, letters, and supporting materials (e.g., the student’s paper and the sources s/he used) to Sonia Krutzke.

If the faculty member chooses to have an Academic Integrity Facilitator (AIF) adjudicate the case, please follow the step-by-step procedure as set forth below:

·         Fill out and submit the Academic Integrity Initial Reporting Form

·         Send written notification to the student about the allegation of an academic integrity violation (use the template available here)

·         Submit all forms and supporting materials (e.g., the student’s paper and the sources s/he used) to Sonia Krutzke.

School of Nursing faculty can direct questions  about the policy or procedures to Dr. Marie O’Toole, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs and Professor, Dr. Lynne Borucki, Clinical Associate Professor or Dr. Patricia Suplee, Assistant Professor.

Faculty can also direct questions to the Dean of Student Office. In addition, please note that there is an appeal process available to students, which is administered on the campus.

Below you will find links to several documents that will be helpful to you.

Sample letters/emails for faculty members: