Frequently Asked Questions
Faculty are encouraged to report violations of the Academic Integrity Policy. Once reported, students can be guided to appropriate resources which should help eliminate any future acts. Data is also assessed upon the conclusion of an academic year which assists in determining specific areas where students are more likely to commit violations. This will assist in proactively addressing academic integrity issues before they occur. In addition, all reports are housed in an internal database which can help identify repeat offenders.
Faculty can no longer submit an "UI" or "under investigation" grade at the conclusion of the semester when grades are due if a violation of academic integrity is suspected. Faculty are encouraged to submit cases as soon as possible to the Office of Student Conduct so we can place a "PEN" or "pending" grade. Faculty may submit a grade of "INC" or "incomplete" if students contest or are unresponsive and the case is still pending. If the student has admitted to the allegation then faculty can submit the final grade accordingly. Faculty will receive a letter upon the conclusion of the pending case to submit a Change of Grade form to the Registrar.
Students are advised to continue to attend class either until the semester has completed or until the case has been concluded. All students receive due process for allegations. The exception to this case is when a student has confirmed the allegations and agreed to the academic sanction of "F" in the course and signed the Academic Integrity form.
You may resolve an academic integrity violation case in your classroom. However, it is recommended for faculty to report violations to the Dean of Students.
A notation on a student's transcript is a disciplinary sanction which the Dean of Students may pursue depending upon the violation. Not all students will receive a notation on his or her transcript.
Faculty can submit a Change of Grade form to the Registrar, Room 223, North Building.
Faculty should submit the form without the student's signature if he/she is unavailable to sign. The Academic Integrity Official will contact the student directly once the form has been submitted.
The Dean of Students may or may not pursue disciplinary sanctions based on the violation. Faculty may recommend disciplinary sanctions which the Dean of Students will take into consideration when attempting to resolve the case.
The consequences of violating Hunter College's Academic Integrity Policy range from a warning notice to the student to expulsion from the College and the City University of New York (CUNY). Any disciplinary sanctions are determined upon the violation committed.
Academic dishonesty, whether intentional or unintentional, is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy and will be addressed as such.
Notation on a student's transcript is a disciplinary sanction which may be pursued by the Dean of Students depending upon the violation committed. The student will be informed if such sanction is being considered.
Pending academic integrity cases may halt a student's attempt in completing his/her degree at Hunter College. A student can not graduate with a pending grade on his/her transcript, thus requiring the academic integrity case to be concluded.
Graduate schools and professional licensure programs like law, education and nursing inquire about a student's disciplinary records. The Dean of Students is obliged to report any disciplinary sanctions that are active during the time period in question.
Only faculty who submitted the report and the Dean of Students will know of pending academic integrity cases. However, if a disciplinary sanction of notation on transcript is determined then others with access to a student's transcript will be able to view the notation for the designated period of time. This includes advisors and department chairs.
If you confirmed the allegation but contest the academic sanction (i.e. "F" on assignment or "F" in course), you may formally pursue a grade appeal at the department in questions.
A student has the right to be represented by a legal counsel during a Faculty-Student Disciplinary Hearing and will be informed of this right in a letter prior to a hearing.
A decision can be appealed at the President's Office after an official hearing with the Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee.
Sanctions can range from only academic (i.e. lower grade on assignment, "F" in course) to a disciplinary sanction such as expulsion from the college. Disciplinary sanctions include:
A Credit/No Credit grade is not an option for any course with a pending academic integrity case.
Hunter College has a number of resources on campus to assist students in promoting academic integrity.
Yes. A student may report another student by contacting us at 212.772.4534 or 212.396.6484.