MEETING WITH THE ASSISTANT DEAN
In meeting with the Assistant Dean or designee the student may
present any relevant material or statements in his/her behalf.
The student will have the right, prior to the meeting, to review
relevant original materials in the Office of the Assistant Dean
and to obtain copies of such materials if desired. In the meeting
the Assistant Dean or designee will describe the charges made,
detail the evidence supporting those charges, and review the range
of College sanctions (e.g., disciplinary probation, community
service, suspension, etc.). This is an opportunity for the student
to be heard and to present his/her side of the incident. Typically
in each meeting a representative of the LSA Student Government
Honor Council sits in attendance and participates, though acting
neither as an advocate for nor against the student.
The presumption of innocence means that the student may continue
to attend class and receive grades while the case is being investigated
and/or adjudicated. During that time, however, the student may
not receive credit for the course in which the alleged misconduct
occurred and may not be graduated. If a final grade must be reported
for the course while the case is pending, the instructor should
report the course grade as NR (no report), not as an I (incomplete).
NR is a temporary, neutral grade that may be used in special circumstances
where a final grade is not yet able to be reported.
A student who has had a complaint of academic misconduct reported
against him or her may admit to the charge and accept responsibility
for the misconduct or deny the allegation of misconduct. Prior
to making this choice, the student may seek a meeting with the
faculty who filed the complaint in order to clarify any misunderstanding.
Such a meeting is not required and may take place only if both
the faculty and the student agree to it. If, for any reason, faculty
are not comfortable speaking to the student about the incident,
that is OK. On the other hand, if faculty would prefer to speak
with the student even before filing the complaint, they should
feel free to do so.
If the student against whom the complaint of alleged academic
misconduct has been reported does not make timely arrangements
for a meeting to take place in the Office of the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, then the Assistant Dean may make
a determination in the case on the basis of the evidence presented.
The Assistant Dean or designee has the authority to determine,
based upon the information available, whether a violation of the
LSA community standards of academic integrity has occurred and
the student is responsible for academic misconduct. The student
will then be informed by letter, with an electronic (email) copy
to the instructor(s), of the decision and sanction(s), if any,
to be imposed.