Resources for Faculty

The reputation of Saint Mary's College depends on a collective campus-wide commitment to academic integrity.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I suspect a violation of the honor code?

  • Discuss the matter with the student(s) involved.
  • If the student denies responsibility and you are persuaded that there was no academic misconduct, then the matter ends.
  • If the student admits the violation, then you may agree to no-contest resolution that results in the standard sanction (the "XF" grade). Both parties must agree that a violation occurred and that the "XF" is an appropriate sanction. Contact the Coordinator, who will then meet with the student(s) to witness the agreement and to assist you in discussing the importance of the academic honor code.
  • If the student denies the misconduct but you retain your suspicion, or if both parties do not agree to the "XF" sanction, then you should refer the matter to the AHC by completing the online report fore, and submitting the original relevant documents (i.e., exams, papers), and the course syllabus to the Coordinator.  Retain copies of documents sent to the AHC in a secure location. 
  • The student(s) will be required to meet with the coordinator to receive counseling on the reporting process and will be referred to campus support services if necessary.  If the student contests the report, the coordinator schedules a confidential AHC Honor Review Board hearing. 

What happens if the student requests a hearing?

  • The coordinator will contact you to schedule a hearing with an Honor Review Board.
  • An AHC Honor Review Board consists of 3 students and 2 faculty who will review the facts of the matter in the presence of all parties involved in the report.
  • The board will engage in a thorough deliberation to decide whether or not a violation more than likely occurred, and decide the sanctioning. 

What will the penalty be?

  • Sanctions are imposed by an Honor Review Board depending upon the nature and circumstances of the violation in direct relation to the honor code. Modified sanctions range from redoing an assignment to failing it, and a standard sanction results in an "XF" grade for the course (the "X" signifies a violation of the academic honor code has occurred).  
  • Students may remove the "X"  by completing the AHC "Integrity Seminar"; a six week peer-to-peer group which is offered each term .
  • Although students generally are not removed from the College for first-time violations, the standard sanction for a second violation is suspension from the College, and a third violation results in expulsion.  
  • When referring a case to the GPAHC, a faculty member may recommend that a harsher or more lenient sanction be imposed; the final decision, however, rests with the GPAHC.

What do I do about the student's grade?

  • If grades are due before the matter is resolved, it is appropriate to assign an "I" (Incomplete) grade.  If the student receives a standard sanction (XF grade) for the course, the AHC coordinator will provide the Registrar with an official request on the behalf of the Honor Review Board.