University of Utah
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program
Guidelines for Neuroscience Program (NP) Faculty
Members Who Become Aware of Cheating or Other
1. Examples: cheating, inappropriate collaboration, plagiarism, research
misconduct, misrepresentation of one's work.
2. Upon faculty member's own observation or receipt of report of academic
misconduct, faculty member should notify the Program Director. The Program
Director will notify the Neuroscience Curriculum committee chair.
3. The NP Curriculum Committee must notify the student in writing of the
issue. The student's advisor should also be informed and should serve as
the student's advocate during all proceedings; in cases where the student's
advisor has a conflict of interest, an alternate faculty member will be
appointed to serve as the student's advocate. The Curriculum Committee
should hold a meeting to discuss the issue with all involved faculty and
the student within one month after discovery of incident.
4. Preferably within 5 business days after the meeting, the Curriculum
Committee must provide the student and Program Director with written notice
of the committee's recommendation.
5. Preferably within 5 business days after notice of committee's
recommendation, the Program Director must provide the student and committee
with written notice of the Program Director's decision and of the student's
right to appeal to the Academic Appeals and Misconduct Committee of one of
the Colleges represented by the departments that comprise the Program
(College of Science, or the School of Medicine).
6. If the Program Director determines that the student has engaged in
academic misconduct, the Program Director may impose an academic sanction
such as, requiring the student to rewrite paper(s) or retake exam(s), grade
reduction, or failing grade, which is the most severe sanction the Program
Director may impose. However, appropriate action may include, without
limitation, a complaint by the Program Director to the Academic Appeals and
Misconduct Committee of one of the Colleges represented by the Program
departments, recommending and seeking dismissal from the Program and/or the
7. If the Program Director imposes a failing grade, the Program Director
must provide written notice to the appropriate Senior Vice President (Vice
President for Health Sciences or Academic Affairs) of facts and
circumstances supporting sanction.
8. If the Program Director, or the Vice President believes a sanction more
severe than a failing grade is warranted, he or she should file a written
complaint with an Academic Appeals and Misconduct Committee and the student
should receive a copy of the complaint.
Violations of Professional or Ethical Standards or Misconduct
Demonstrating Unfitness for Profession or Discipline
1. Upon faculty member's own observation or receipt of report of
professional or ethical misconduct, the faculty member should file a
written complaint with the Program Director.
2. Upon receipt of complaint, the Program Director should gather and
consider evidence and must discuss the accusation and evidence with the
accused student and give the student an opportunity to respond.
3. The Program Director must determine whether reasonable basis exists to
believe the student violated standards or engaged in other misconduct
demonstrating unfitness and must notify the student and complainant of the
determination, in writing, preferably within 10 business days after
4. If the Program Director finds violation or other misconduct, the
Program Director must determine whether informal resolution may be
appropriate and, if so, take steps to achieve such a resolution.
5. If efforts at informal resolution are not appropriate or not
successful, the Program Director must refer the complaint with his or her
written recommendation for sanctions to the appropriate Academic Appeals
and Misconduct Committee with written notice to the student.
Other Misconduct (Non-Academic Behavior Problems)
1. Upon faculty member's own observation or receipt of report of violation
of behavior standards, faculty member should file written complaint or
advise reporting person to file written complaint with Dean of Students,
preferably as soon as possible, but no later than 45 business days after
incident or discovery of incident.
2. If faculty member believes immediate suspension is necessary to protect
health or well-being of any member of University community or to prevent
serious disruption of academic process, faculty member should contact Vice
President for Student Affairs immediately to request suspension pending
further evaluation or proceedings under Student Code.