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Disciplinary Process

Once a student of the academic community of LIU Post is accused of violating any of the Ethos principles above, the following disciplinary processes will be followed.

Level One

If an instructor suspects a student of academic misconduct, the following steps shall be taken:

  1. The instructor shall meet with the student to explain the nature of the alleged violation and to determine the student’s awareness of the violation as well as his or her motivation or intent.
  2. The instructor should consider the motivation behind the violation (dishonesty, ignorance, carelessness) before deciding whether:
    (a) a penalty is warranted. A penalty includes a failing or lowered grade for an assignment or for the course. Students found to have violated the Academic Conduct Policy may not be permitted to withdraw from the course in which the violation occurred.
    (b) at the instructor’s discretion, he or she may seek a solution with the student. That solution might be providing correct documentation, rewriting the paper, retaking an examination, or failure for the assignment and/or the course. Students found to have violated the Academic Conduct Policy may not be permitted to withdraw from the course in which the violation occurred.
    (c) if a penalty is assigned in the form of a failing or lowered grade, the student has the right to appeal this decision. (See “Appeals Process” below.)
  3. The instructor may also require the student to take a workshop co-sponsored by the Writing Center and the Library.

View Diagram of the Level One Disciplinary Process

Level Two

If (and only if) an instructor believes that the case warrants further institutional awareness or action beyond the assignment of a grade, the following process shall be followed:

  1. The instructor fills out an Academic Misconduct Form (pdf, doc) and sends it to his or her chair (or program director).
  2. The chair notifies the student in writing that an Academic Misconduct Form has been filed. The student has seven (7) business days to contact the chair and to arrange (if the student so desires) a meeting with the chair to discuss the situation.
  3. The chair then considers the case. (The chair may choose to consult other members of his or her department informally or as part of a departmental meeting. Such procedures shall be determined by individual departments.) If the chair believes that the instructor’s case has merit, the chair then forwards a report of the case to his or her dean.
  4. The dean reviews the case and if s/he believes that the case has merit, the Dean
    (a) forwards the report to the Director of Student Conduct and Community Education, which shall serve as the repository of reports of academic misconduct. And, if the case requires further action,
    (b) contacts the chair of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to inform him or her of the case.
  5. The chair of the Committee on Academic Misconduct shall then
    (a) convene a meeting of the Committee in a timely fashion, and
    (b) inform the student that his or her case will be heard by the Committee.
  6. The Committee on Academic Misconduct will then hold a hearing to review the case against the student for merit and will, if appropriate, impose a sanction. Statements from both the student and the instructor will be heard. The Committee will consider such matters as whether the violation was a result of ignorance, carelessness, or dishonesty before deciding whether a sanction is warranted. Sanctions may include suspension or dismissal from LIU Post.
  7. Notification of the decision and the sanction will be sent to the student, the appropriate chair and dean, and (if applicable) the Registrar within seven (7) business days. The student will be made aware of how s/he may appeal the decision.
  8. The sanction goes into effect immediately. If the student requests an appeal, s/he will be allowed to continue attending class until the appeal is heard and a decision is rendered.
  9. A copy of the decision of the Committee on Academic Misconduct shall be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Education, which shall serve as the repository for these reports.

View Diagram of the Level 2 Disciplinary Process