Discipline Models for Managing Academic Misconduct

Topics: Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What are the processes through which institutions process academic conduct violations?
  • Are processes centralized in a single administrative office or decentralized among faculty?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of each model?


For the past 20 years, university administrators nationwide have been divided on whether to discipline students suspected of academic misconduct through a single, centralized conduct system or through a decentralized process administered by individual faculty members. This brief examines centralized, decentralized, and hybrid models for managing academic misconduct, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each model.

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