Graduate Policy on Academic Honesty

Minot State University’s overall policy on Academic Honesty is listed in the Student Handbook (available online at Additionally, each academic department may have established policies on academic honesty more specific than those for the university. Students should refer to both the MSU policy and the department policy (if one exists) for initial information on academic honesty issues.

Should a student become involved in circumstances which allegedly breech a department’s policy, that policy will be adhered to in resolving the honesty issue. The Department Chairperson, in consultation with the Program Director, will inform the head of the Graduate School and the student in writing of any changes in the student’s standing in the department as a result of the academic honesty policy and of the specific honesty infraction. Student disciplinary action may result in accordance with the Student Conduct Policy where appropriate. The head of the Graduate School will officially inform the student by letter of any changes in his/her graduate student status.

Appeal Policy for Academic Honesty

Graduate student academic honesty appeal process will follow the same steps and the same time frame as stated in the grade appeal process. The department policy will dictate the student’s standing. Appeals on honesty will be related to the honesty issue, and not the grade or other restrictions placed on the student by the policy.

Level 1: The first level of appeal is to the involved faculty member. This appeal must be in writing and should include any information the student feels is important in clarifying the issue in question. The appeal must be initiated 14 days from the time of the student’s official notification by the graduate office of the department’s action. A copy of the department’s policy should be included to clarify procedures and decisions made by the departments. The faculty member must respond within two weeks in writing to the student, the Department Chair, and the head of the Graduate School, regarding her/his decision on the appeal.

Level 2: Within two weeks after receiving the faculty response letter from level one, the student may continue the appeal process by requesting in writing that the department review all the data from level one and any additional information deemed pertinent by the student and/or faculty member and make a decision regarding the appeal. The department chairperson must respond by letter to the student involved, faculty, and the head of the Graduate School within two weeks regarding the chair’s decision on the appeal.

Level 3: The student may continue the appeals process by requesting in writing that the head of the Graduate School review all data from level one and two and any additional information received from the student, faculty, and department chairperson and make a decision on the appeal. This level of appeal must be initiated by the student in writing within two weeks from receiving the chairperson’s written decision from level two. Within two weeks from the initiation of level three, the head of the Graduate School must inform the student, faculty member, and department chairperson of the decision regarding the appeal by letter.

Level 4: Within 14 days from receiving the decision from the head of the Graduate School, the student may continue the appeal process from level three to level four by requesting in writing that the Graduate Student Rights Committee hear the approval.

The Graduate Student Rights Committee must call a hearing of issues within 30 days of receiving the written request from the student. The student, faculty, department chairperson, and the head of the Graduate School will be informed by letter within five school days of the decision of the Graduate Student Rights Committee. This decision is the final decision made within the academic appeal process.