ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 2015-16
Academic misconduct cases
The largest percent of allegations involved plagiarism (52.2%), followed by cheating (39.6%) with a small percent of academic fraud (8.2%; figure 1). The cases against 21.8 percent of the students were dismissed, 65.8 percent resulted in acceptance of responsibility and an expedited sanction, and 12.4 percent went to a full hearing (figure 2). About one quarter of the hearings resulted in a dismissal. First offenders made up 93.1 percent of the misconduct cases, 6.4 percent were second offenders and one individual had three offenses in the 2015–16 academic year. Analyzing the students by home college, the largest percent of offenders were in the largest undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Engineering. On average, reports were filed on 2.24 percent of the entire undergraduate student population, however, the reports filed on business administration students, engineering students, and nursing students were higher at 2.92 percent, 3.15 percent, and 3.24 percent, respectively. A higher number of reports were from classes in Arts and Sciences, suggesting that students more frequently commit misconduct in core classes than in their major.
Figure 1 – Distribution of the type offenses as a percent of the total number of students involved.
Figure 2 – Distribution of the outcomes expressed as a percent of the total number of students involved.
Figure 3 – Percent of students for which reports were filed based on home college (yellow bar) or the college of the course in which the violation occurred (blue bar).