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For Faculty

There are many ways you may interact with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI). You may need to report an allegation of academic or behavioral misconduct, be notified that one of your students has been placed on an interim suspension, or you may be interested in serving as a faculty representative on the Student Conduct Committee

While programs are permitted to have program specific conduct standards, allegations of misconduct must first be adjudicated under the Code. Efforts to sanction a student for a violation under the Code, for example, having a student resubmit an assignment due to plagiarism, is not allowed. This would violate a student’s rights under the Code. It is important that you report any concerns that you have about a student to SCAI as close to the incident as possible. Once you have reported a possible violation and have spoken to a representative from SCAI, you will need to enter a grade of Incomplete (IN) for the student in your course and continue grading any work submitted by the student except for the assignment(s) submitted to SCAI for potential violations.

You can request an intake meeting with our office to review allegations, the Charges, possible Sanctions, and to be informed of the Student Conduct process, and any available forms of resolution. To request an intake meeting, please email conduct@fiu.edu with your availability and our office will get back to you within 2-3 business days.

To report an Academic Misconduct concern, please complete the Academic Misconduct Report Form.

To report a Behavioral Misconduct concern, please complete an Incident Reporting Form.

To report Sexual Misconduct, which are covered under FIU Regulation 105 Sexual Harassment (Title IX) and Sexual Misconduct are to be reported to the Office of Civil Rights, Compliance and Accountability, please complete the Title IX Reporting Form.

To report Student concerns, please complete the Dean of Students Incident Reporting Form.

Tech Integrity Webinar

The Tech Integrity Webinar held on December 3rd, 2020 was a culmination of efforts of the Tech Integrity Workgroup to explore the issues of Academic Misconduct enabled by technology, to inform and empower faculty to take steps to combat academic misconduct, and to promote Academic Integrity at FIU. Some of the key points that are discussed in the webinar include:

  • Student and Faculty Tech Integrity Survey Data
  • Anti-Cheating Tech-Tools and Resources at FIU
  • Student Conduct Policies
  • Q&A

Feel free to direct any questions regarding the webinar to conduct@fiu.edu.

Managing classroom disruption

Student behavior that disrupts the classroom does not always rise to the level of student conduct. There are times when it is a classroom management issue and we encourage faculty to speak with their department chair and/or dean to determine the best way to resolve the issue. If you believe that the issue rises to the level of student conduct, please fill out our reporting form and our office will respond accordingly. Please be advised that you may not be aware of the outcome, but that does not mean our office has not responded.

A great resource for faculty on this area is: A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior (Van Brunt and Lewis, Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2014).

Frequently asked questions

  • How should disruptive behavior in the classroom be defined?

    Classroom disruption is defined as behavior a reasonable person would view as being likely to substantially or repeatedly interfere with the conduct of a class.

  • How should I respond when classroom disruption occurs?

    Consider a general word of caution, rather than warning or embarrassing a particular student. For example, address the entire class with, “We have too many side conversations going on at the moment. Let’s bring it back to the topic at hand.” You could also speak to the student after class. It’s possible the student is unaware of the impact of his/her behavior. If it’s absolutely necessary to address the student in front of the entire class, do so briefly in a courteous manner, indicating that further discussion can take place after class. Utilize this as a last resort.

    If the disruption is persistent, you may direct the student to leave for the remainder of the class period. You should tell the student the reason for your action and provide an opportunity to discuss the matter at the earliest possible time.

  • When should I call the police?

    You should call FIU Police (MMC:305-348-5911 or BBC:305-919-5911) or 911 if you believe there is an immediate threat of violence or unlawful behavior. If the safety of you or someone in your class is at risk, you should immediately call the police or ask one of your students to do so. There is an emergency telephone located in every classroom. We suggest you familiarize yourself with its location in each of your classrooms.

Request a presentation or syllabus language

If you are interested in having a representative from SCAI present to your class and/or at your faculty meeting, review common trends which are being used in academic misconduct cases, or to review stock-syllabus language, please contact SCAI at conduct@fiu.edu.

 

How to get involved

If you are interested in learning more about serving as a faculty member on the Student Conduct Committee or providing feedback about the Code process, please contact SCAI at conduct@fiu.edu.

Typically, this opportunity counts for faculty university service requirements and provide both a glimpse into the student experience and important policy application practice transferable to future departmental and college leadership roles.