Faculty members do not attend the hearing. Once OJA receives from an instructor evidence alleging academic dishonesty, the hearing officers use this information, in conjunction with the student’s statement, to determine if a violation of policy has occurred. The student’s adviser attends in order to offer guidance and support.
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Student Conduct and Community Standards, Frequently Asked Question From Faculty
The standard of proof used to make a determination of responsibility is that of “preponderance of the evidence”. This standard allows hearing officers to find a student responsible if the information shows that it is more likely than not that a violation occurred. If the student is found responsible, the degree of seriousness of the offense and the student’s previous disciplinary record, if any, will determine the severity of the sanction to be issued.
As it is a disciplinary process, a student found responsible for academic dishonesty will be subject to appropriate sanctions. However, the Dean’s Discipline process is also an educational one designed to challenge students to make better decisions and facilitate a broader understanding of the impact his/her behavior may have on the Columbia Community.
Through the Dean’s Discipline hearing process, OJA seeks to support the faculty in ‘the intellectual venture in which we are all engaged’ by promoting the ‘highest level of personal and academic integrity’. (Faculty Statement on Academic Integrity) Academic dishonesty undermines our academic community and we have a shared responsibility to promote intellectual honesty and scholarly integrity.
For cases involving Columbia College or Columbia Engineering students, two staff members from the Dean of Student Affairs Office serve as the hearing officers. For cases involving students from General Studies, one staff member from OJA and one staff member from the GS Dean of Students Office serve as hearing officers.
It is important to report academic misconduct so that we can challenge students to reason through ethical situations they encounter as part of the learning process. Reporting academic misconduct is also important for promoting consistency, fairness and accurate record keeping, particularly when students are found to be repeat offenders. Academic integrity is essential to the success of our mission as educators and it is our shared responsibility to address behavior that is counter to our values.
While a student’s educational record is protected the by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), any instructor who reports an academic dishonesty incident will be notified whether or not a student has been found responsible.
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