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Academic Integrity Resolution Process

Academic Integrity At ODU

Old Dominion University is committed to students' personal and academic success. In order to achieve this vision, students, faculty, and staff work together to create an environment that provides the best opportunity for academic inquiry and learning. All students must be honest and forthright in their academic studies. Your work in this course and classroom behavior must align with the expectations outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, which can be found at www.odu.edu/oscai. The following behaviors along with classroom disruptions violate this policy, corrupt the educational process, and will not be tolerated.

Cheating: Using unauthorized assistance, materials, study aids, or other information in any academic exercise.

Plagiarism: Using someone else's language, ideas, or other original material without acknowledging its source in any academic exercise.

Fabrication: Inventing, altering or falsifying any data, citation or information in any academic exercise.

Facilitation: Helping another student commit, or attempt to commit, any Academic Integrity violation, or failure to report suspected Academic Integrity violations to a faculty member.

Academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity and may result in sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University.



Academic Integrity Resolution Options

OPTION A: Voluntary Resolution


Incident resolved between faculty and student

  1. The faculty meets with the student, explains the alleged violation and proposes sanctions
  2. The student acknowledges the violation
  3. The student accepts the proposed sanctions
  4. The faculty and the student sign the Academic Integrity Violation Report Form
  5. Form and referral materials forwarded to OSCAI

OPTION B: Hearing


Incident referred directly to OSCAI and a hearing takes place

Appropriate in the following situations:

  • The severity of the alleged violation warrants a response greater than a grade sanction
  • The student denies the allegation(s)
  • The student does not agree to faculty-proposed sanctions


Ask Before You Sign

Students are not expected to agree/disagree with an academic integrity resolution at the time that the alleged violation is made known to them and sanctions are proposed. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity at 757-683-3431 or oscai@odu.edu with questions prior to signing the Academic Integrity Violation Report Form.

Reporting Academic Dishonesty

Should you discover evidence of Academic Dishonesty, you are encouraged to report it your professor so they can file a report with the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity.

Cases Involving Graduate Students

Graduate students who have been found responsible for committing an academic integrity violation, are normally reviewed for suspension or expulsion, even for a first violation.

Academic Integrity Resources

Information Literacy @ ODU: Citing Information Sources 

ODU Writing Center 

What's Wrong with Cheating 

Purdue Writing Lab 

Duke University Plagiarism Tutorial 



Report a Violation

If you need to report an emergency, do not use these forms. Instead, call the Old Dominion University Police at (757) 683-4000, or dial 911. To report a crime anonymously, please visit the ODU Police Report a Crime Webpage .

Report a Student Conduct Violation 

Any person may use this form to report a suspected violation of the Code of Student Conduct. The reporting party must provide their name and incident details.

Report a Housing/Residence Life Incident 

Students or staff of Housing & Residence Life may use this form to report violations of the Code of Student Conduct that occur in housing.

Report an Academic Integrity Violation 

Faculty members who suspect a student may have engaged in an Academic Integrity violation are strongly encouraged to consult with OSCAI staff.


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