Academic Honesty and Integrity

What to Do When You Suspect Academic Misconduct


Colorado State University has a policy for instructors to follow when they suspect academic misconduct. Consistency in following this policy upholds the professional obligations of all faculty and instructors, instills confidence in the grading process, and creates an atmosphere of trust between students and their teachers.

These are the basics for instructors who suspect academic misconduct. Included are excerpts of University policies published in the CSU General Catalog, Graduate Bulletin, and Faculty Manual.

Your First Step: Make Arrangements to Meet With Your Student

CSU Policy: If a faculty member has evidence that a student has engaged in an act of academic misconduct, the faculty member will notify the student of the concern and make an appointment to discuss the allegations with the student. The student will be given the opportunity to give his or her position on the matter.

For help preparing for this kind of appointment, please see our guide:

Talking with Students Suspected of Academic Misconduct

Your Next Step: Make a Decision on How To Proceed

Once you have spoken and given them a chance to explain or resolve your concern, you must decide about what to do next. If your conversation with the student has left you satisfied that academic misconduct did not occur, then you and the student can move forward in the course without any further action and with the benefit of having had a developmental conversation about your expectations for integrity in the course.

However, if you still suspect academic misconduct may have occurred, (that is, that in your mind, the issue has not been completely resolved) then you should contact Student Resolution Center about appropriate next steps.


Joseph Brown

Joseph Brown

Director, Academic Integrity

Academic Affairs


Phone: 970-491-2898