Academic Misconduct

What is academic misconduct? 

Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student commit an act of academic dishonesty.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to; each of the following acts when performed in any type of academic or academically – related matter, exercise or activity.

Academic Integrity Policy

The University of Alabama aspires to transmit knowledge, to develop its students and to promote the quality of society. In seeking these goals, the University recognizes the significance of student rights. These rights include freedom of expression, autonomy, procedural protection and the integrity of people and their property.

Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy

The preservation of freedom of discussion, inquiry and expression is possible only in an environment in which the privileges of citizenship are protected and the obligations of citizenship are understood. Accordingly, the University has developed regulations and policies pertaining to students and to student organizations. 

Academic Misconduct FAQ’s

The Student Handbook contains policies that affect students and organizations. Within this Handbook and other official University publications are the rules and regulations that govern student and organizational behavior.

Academic Grievance & Appeals

A student academic grievance is broadly defined as a student complaint regarding an academic action taken by instructional or administrative personnel at The University of Alabama.

  1. File Grievance

    A student must file a grievance in the academic department of The University of Alabama in which the alleged action took place.

  2. Resolution by Department Chairperson

    Within 15 working days of the receipt of the grievance, the department chairperson will respond, starting with scheduling a conference with the student who has brought the grievance. 

  3. Resolution by Academic Dean

    Any matter not resolved by the department chairperson’s mediation will be resolved by the academic dean. Within 15 working days of receipt of the grievance, the dean will acknowledge the receipt and begin the resolution process. 

  4. Appeal

    The dean’s decision may be appealed by either party to the Office for Academic Affairs within 5 working days of the mailing date of the dean’s decision.