Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty

When a student is notified by an instructor of an alleged act of Academic Dishonesty, (s)he should first discuss the matter with the instructor to determine if redress is possible. If the instructor decides to move forward with the allegation of Academic Dishonesty and the result is a lower grade, the instructor shall make a report in writing of the facts of the case and the academic sanction imposed against the student to Program Director/Unit Administrator and to the UNL Judicial Officer. 

If the student feels the instructor’s allegations of Academic Dishonesty, or the proposed penalty to be imposed, are unjust or not warranted, the student should contact his/her Academic Advisor and the Program Director to discuss the matter.

The Forensic Science Program should then initiate a review of the matter. If the Program Director agrees with the Instructor that the evidence indicates that the student has violated the Academic Dishonesty policy, they should forward the documentation and paperwork to the CASNR Associate Dean for Student Affairs for review by the College.

If the Program Director determines that there is not sufficient evidence of Academic Dishonesty to warrant action against the student, the paperwork should be forwarded to the CASNR Associate Dean with the student's name deleted so that there is a record of the incident, but no potential future bias toward the student.  If the student disagrees with the decision of the Program Director, (s)he has the right to contact the Associate Dean.

General Complaints

If a student wishes to lodge a complaint against a member of the faculty or staff of the Forensic Science Program not related to academic dishonesty, the student should contact his/her Academic Advisor and the Program Director to discuss the matter. The Program Director will then initiate a review of the matter.  (S)he will maintain all records of the complaint and its ultimate resolution.

If a student has a complaint against the Program Director, (s)he should report it to the CASNR Associate Dean, who will initiate an investigation and maintain all documentation of its progress and resolution.   

CASNR Academic Dishonesty Policy