Academic Misconduct

A student “A Faculty” who witnesses academic misconduct or who is approached with an offer to gain unfair advantage or commit academic misconduct is obligated to report that violation to the appropriate authority. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. Faculty and staff are likewise responsible to report academic misconduct.

“Academic misconduct” involves any activity that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the University, or subvert the educational process, including, but not limited to:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarism
  3. falsifying academic records
  4. misrepresenting facts
  5. Any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student or the attempt to commit such an act.

Filing a Complaint for Academic Misconduct

Any faculty, staff, or student of TTUHSC El Paso may file a Complaint(s) against a student(s) or a student organization(s) for violation(s) of the Code of Professional and Academic Conduct. When appropriate, a preliminary investigation/discussion with a supervisor (program director, chair, etc.) should be done prior to filing a Complaint. If a basis for the Complaint against a student or students exists, a formal complaint will be filed. Please see the 2019 – 2020 Institutional Student Handbook:  Code of Professional and Academic Conduct. For more information of policies and procedures, see the Institutional Handbook

Conduct Board Hearing

In some cases a student Conduct Board hearing will be conducted in closed session with the complainant(s), accused student(s) or student organization representative(s), and Student Conduct Board members, and Student Conduct Administrator present evidence after and the Chair of the Student Conduct Board, will render a final written decision. If the decisions involves sanctions which may be recommended by the Student Conduct Board, and imposed by the Assistant Vice President for SSSA, upon any student found to have violated this Code of Professional and Academic Conduct include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Failing Grade or Cancellation of Credit. Failing grade for an examination or assignment or for a course, and/or cancellation of all, or any portion, of a prior course credit.

  2. Censure. A notice in writing to the student that the student is in violation or has violated institutional regulations. At the Student Conduct Board’s discretion, the censure may remain permanently in the student’s disciplinary file or be removed at graduation if certain conditions are met.

  3. Probation. A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the likelihood of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.

  4. Loss of Privileges. Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.

  5. Restitution. Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.

  6. Discretionary Sanctions. Assignments may be made at the discretion of the Student Conduct Board, such as work assignments, essays, training, and service to the University, temporary suspension from a class or rotation site, an unexcused absence, a letter of unprofessional behavior in the student’s disciplinary file or other related discretionary assignments.

  7. Suspension. Separation of the student from University for a defined (or specific) period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for re-enrollment or readmission must be specified.

  8. Dismissa Dismissal of the student from their current program without the option to apply for readmission to the respective School or, in the case of institutional-level misconduct, the University. The student’s transcript may include a notation of dismissal and the date of the action or appeal decision.

  9. Revocation of Admission. Admission to the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation or other violations of University standards.

  10. Revocation of Degree. A degree awarded by the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation or serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.

  11. Withholding Degree. The University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in a Student Conduct Board decision.

  12. Multiple Sanctions. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

  13. Any other sanction(s) which may be appropriate under the particular circumstances of the violation.