Office of the Dean of Students

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3352

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Academic Misconduct

Before submitting an allegation of academic misconduct, please carefully consider if:

  • The action by the student was merely a mistake and/or something that can be corrected with further instruction?
  • This is a teachable moment or something that needs to go through the conduct process?

When submitting an allegation near the end of the semester, please make sure to complete your submission within 48 hours of when grades are due and also please submit an “I” grade for the student’s final grade. Although the professor determines the final grade, a grade change can be completed once the conduct process is complete.

Please remember that the person(s) reviewing the allegation will not be as familiar with the content as you are. Therefore, it is important to provide a clear road map describing the allegation.

For advice on how to prepare your materials or for any questions about the process, please call us at (248) 370-3352.

Report misconduct


Before submitting an allegation of academic misconduct involving plagiarism, you may want to first review the examples of previously submitted materials located below. As the reporting professor, you need to supply:

  • A copy of the student’s submitted work, clearly outlining the alleged plagiarized passages
  • A copy of the source material(s) for the alleged plagiarized passages (links to the plagiarized materials are not sufficient)

Finally, as is shown in the examples (#1, #2 and #3), it is important to connect the alleged plagiarized passage(s) in the student’s submission to the alleged plagiarized source material(s). If the material you are submitting is extensive in length, please make sure to review example #3. This original submission contained more than 70 pages of material. As you can see, the professor provided very helpful information to our office on the first pages of the two articles indicating the exact pages where the alleged plagiarized passages could be found.

Cheating and/or unauthorized collaboration

Before submitting an allegation of academic misconduct involving cheating and/or unauthorized collaboration, please first review these tips:

  • Ensure that your written allegation clearly describes how your classroom instruction and/or syllabus educated students on the topics of cheating and/or unauthorized collaboration.
  • Ensure that your submitted materials clearly describe how the student(s) work clearly stands out from the rest of the classes work. Sometimes it is almost more important to focus on what the students who are not being accused did rather than on the accused student(s).
  • Ensure that your submitted materials do all they can to clearly describe the alleged infraction.
  • If the allegation involves multiple students, you must submit all student names even if you do not believe a student is involved in the allegation.
Students accusing other students

When the allegation is originating from another student(s), we also need you to submit the name of the student(s) who brought forth the allegation. The student(s) bringing forth the allegation will also be called in for a meeting with the Dean of Students office.

Chegg Procedure

In relation to cases involving, the process is two-fold – requesting your intellectual property to be removed from and requesting to conduct an investigation to identify suspected user activity.

  1. Email and with links to the material. The email should request that your intellectual property be removed, that you are sent a copy of your intellectual property as it appeared on their site, and that they conduct an investigation for a violation of the Chegg Honor Code. Please copy on the email.
  2. will respond stating they need a letter from the Dean of Students office, requesting the user activity associated with the Chegg Honor Code investigation. The previous email we were copied on helps to facilitate this step so we can request the report on your behalf.

Please note, it could take a great deal of time to receive the requested information from The conduct process may not be able to wait for the information. For that reason, it is important for professors to share details about why they suspect misconduct and all evidence gathered at that time. Examples include, pictures of the solution and how it connects to the assignment/test, information about student performance and what makes you suspect that there was academic misconduct.