Academic Disciplinary Action

Academic Misconduct

Dickinson State University does not sanction or tolerate academic misconduct by students. Academic misconduct such as cheating on exams, plagiarism, etc. is defined in the Dickinson State University Student Handbook under Article III. A. - Academic Misconduct.

When the instructor has substantial evidence that such an academic misconduct has occurred, the instructor can determine the degree of penalty within his/her jurisdiction with regard to the course in which the misconduct occurred. Such penalties may range from a verbal warning to failure of the course. Proven gross academic misconduct by students may result in disciplinary actions that go beyond academic sanctions within the course. These actions may be severe such as expulsion from an academic program, and in extreme cases, expulsion from the University. A written report of the incident will be placed in the student’s permanent file in the Office of Academic Records and destroyed upon graduation.

If the student does not agree with the instructor’s allegation of academic misconduct and subsequent penalty, he/she may make an informal and formal appeal through the Academic Appeals Process as outlined in the Student Handbook.