The University of Iowa

Reporting Student Misconduct and Academic Fraud

Academic misconduct is a serious issue; the University takes allegations of academic fraud seriously. All incidents of academic misconduct should be reported to the appropriate Dean. If you are teaching a course offered by University College, the following procedures apply. The term DEO refers to either the Departmental Executive Officer or the program director:

  • The instructor (or supervisor if the instructor is a teaching assistant) will inform the suspected student of the concern in an email at the account, requesting that the student come in for a meeting to discuss the situation. When reporting an incident of academic misconduct committed by more than one student, please be sensitive to the issue of student-privacy and confidentiality. Do not mention the names of the other involved students in the email. Please send an individualized email to each student.
  • In considering the appropriate consequence for academic misconduct, the instructor should take into consideration the scope of the misconduct, the student’s perceived intent, the nature of the course, the assignment, and the academic discipline.
  • The instructor will inform the DEO and the student in writing of the details of the academic misconduct and the action taken. Documentation to support the claim must be included in the copy of the report to the DEO. 
  • The DEO must forward all adequately supported reports of academic misconduct to University College through the Associate Dean of University College.
  • The department must keep reports of academic misconduct on file from the date of the instructor’s report until the student graduates or for five years, whichever is sooner.
  • University College will review all reports and will forward notification of the misconduct to the student’s college of admission.

Report incidents using this form.