Understanding the Student Conduct Process
What is it?
The Student Disciplinary Policy is the University’s process in handling allegations of misconduct by UIC students. The Student Disciplinary Policy addresses both academic misconduct (such as plagiarism, cheating, or grade tampering) and behavioral misconduct (such as theft, assault, under-age drinking, and drug-use.)
The main purpose of the Student Disciplinary Policy is to insure that students receive due process - which means that every student should have a fair opportunity to express their side of the story before any decisions are made about their disciplinary case. The Student Disciplinary Policy was designed to be educational in nature.
How It Works
When a complaint is filed about a student, a Referral Review Committee will evaluate academic cases while behavioral misconduct cases are reviewed by the Dean of Students in Student Affairs. The Referral Review Committee is made up of at least one faculty and student representative from the UIC Senate and a representative from the student's college. Neither the complaintant nor the student are present, but the student is welcome to submit a statement to either the committee or the Dean of Students to be included with their case.
After a case has been reviewed, a decision is made on a number of possible options including that a hearing be held.
If a case is sent to a formal hearing, the student will be notified as soon as possible. On the day of the hearing, both the complainant and the student are present to discuss the case with a hearing panel. Hearing panels will include faculty, staff and/or student representatives.
Once the case has been heard, the panel will decide if the student is responsible for the charges and, if so, what types of sanctions are appropriate.
Students found responsible for misconduct are given the option to file an appeal. Grounds for appeal are listed in the Student Disciplinary Policy.
How to Report an Incident
Incident Report Form PDF
Academic Integrity Review Process
Academic Integrity Review Process (PDF)
See Student Disciplinary Policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
See FAQ for students
FAQ on avoiding plagiarism.
For Faculty and Staff
Guidelines for Academic Integrity
University of Illinois at Chicago
As an academic community, the University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to providing an environment in which research, learning, and scholarship can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. All members of the campus community -- students, staff, faculty, administrators -- share the responsibility of insuring that these standards are upheld so that such an environment exists. Instances of academic misconduct by students, and as defined herein, shall be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
Either intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, people, or study aids in any academic exercise, or extending to or receiving any kind of unauthorized assistance on any examination or assignment to, or, from another person.
Knowing or unauthorized falsification, reproduction, lack of attribution, or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism
Intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise.
Bribes, Favors, Threats
Bribing or attempting to bribe, promising favors to or making threats against, any person, with the intention of affecting a record of a grade, grade, or evaluation of academic performance. Any conspiracy with another person who then takes or attempts to take action on behalf or at the direction of the student.
Examination by Proxy
Taking or attempting to take an exam for someone else other than the student is a violation by both the student enrolled in the course and the proxy or substitute.
Any unauthorized attempt to change, actual change of, or alteration of grades or any tampering with grades.
Submission or attempt to submit any written work authored, in whole or part, by someone other than the student.
Penalties for Academic Dishonesty
All allegations of student academic misconduct shall be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy.
Academic Integrity Review Process
Academic Integrity Review Process (pdf)
How to Report Academic/Behavioral Misconduct
Incident Report Form PDF
Judicial Liaison Process
For cases involving academic misconduct, the complainant may choose to submit the case to the Judicial Liaison process. Only students who do not have a prior disciplinary case are eligible for this process. While this process is less formal, it is still designed to insure that students are treated fairly.
In the Judicial Liaison process, the student will be called in to discuss the case with the Executive Director of the Senate Committee on Student Discipline. The issue is discussed and the student is presented with the complainant’s suggested sanction. The student will then choose to accept or decline the sanction. If the student declines the sanction, the complainant can resubmit the case to the formal process.
Ethics Training Workshops
This six-hour program is intended to promote the principles of ethics and decision making and enhance the skills of students who are leaders on the UIC campus, within the Chicago-land community, within UIC classrooms, or among family and friends. The participants will receive an introductory discussion outlining the subject matter as well as be assigned weekly readings, which are to be read prior to the following session. The class material and readings will be the basis for group discussions and interactions. The participants will also engage in group decision making exercises which will require them to apply the program content in response to a hypothetical ethical dilemma. In addition, the program will conclude with a Formulation of Learning Evidence Challenge, which will measure the level of learning attainted by the participants.
This program is not for credit and cannot be failed. However, participants’ inability to complete the program, including the Challenge, will not be sufficient for certification of completion for the program. Participants are expected to arrive on time, take notes, read all assignments, be active in group discussions and exercises and complete the Challenge at the end of the program. All assignments will be distributed during the workshop. This program is offered at no cost to participants.
Incident Report Form
Incident Report Form.doc Incident Report Form.pdf
Avoiding and Detecting Plagiarism
Campus Crime Statistics
Registered Sex Offenders
Student Disciplinary Policy Booklet
Student Disciplinary Policy