Referrals generally fall into two categories: academic misconduct and/or behavioral
Academic misconduct referrals are directly linked to part II.B.24 of the disciplinary
offenses in the MTSU Student Disciplinary Code and shoudl be directed to the Office
of Academic Affairs..
All behavioral referrals will be linked to the remainder of the offenses listed and
should be directed to the Office of Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services.
All referrals require DOCUMENTATION. Documentation should include the student’s full
name, M number, phone number, and the relevant details describing the behavior in
question. The documentation must also include the name and current contact information
for the person referring the student for discipline. Please use the referral form
found on this website to refer a student.
All referrals do not end up becoming DISCIPLINARY CASES. A referral means that the
matter will be reviewed and may result in a disciplinary case being opened against a student. The Office Academic
Affairs does not open cases against faculty members or professional staff members
unless those people are also students at the institution.
Academic Misconduct Referrals – click here for fillable pdf form or word version and then submit supporting documents to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
to support the referral
- Referral must include a copy of the academic work in question as well as any supporting
evidence to substantiate the claim of misbehavior.
- Plagiarism referrals must include a copy of the sources suspected of being used improperly.
- Cheating referrals must include a copy of the academic exercise in question and the
information used to cheat.
- Facilitation referrals must include a copy of the academic exercise in question and
the proof or hypothesis of how the student assisted another student to commit academic
- If the referral is from a faculty member, then that faculty member may assign a grade penalty of their choice given
that the student will be found responsible. However, if the student is found not responsible, the faculty member must reassess the grade
and provide a grade based solely on the merit of the academic exercise and not on
the premise that the student committed academic misconduct.
- If the referral comes at the end of an academic semester, the faculty member may award a penalized grade with the understanding that if the
student is found not responsible for committing academic misconduct, they will be
required to submit a grade change for that student.
- Grade penalties are the sole discretion of the faculty member. The Office of Academic
Affairs does not recommend or issue grade penalties.
- If a student is found responsible for committing academic misconduct, they are awarded
a disciplinary sanction and the grade penalty the professor issues. The Office of
Academic Affairs is generally unable to share the disciplinary sanction with the faculty
member due to FERPA restrictions. There are exceptions to this restriction that may
be applicable in certain cases.
- If a student REFUTES a charge of academic misconduct, then the case is referred to
the University Academic Misconduct Committee for resolution. The faculty member will
be called as a witness for the university to explain the circumstances surrounding
the referral. This hearing will be coordinated by the Office of Academic Affairs.
- When a case is resolved, a member of the Academic Affairs staff will email the referring
faculty member to inform that the case is resolved and that the grade will either
stand or require reassessment.
- If the referral is from someone other than a faculty member, they will not be privy
to the outcome of the referral, but they may be called to serve as a witness to explain
the circumstances surrounding the referral.