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Academic Integrity Committee

General Information

Committee Chair: Dr. James Gentsch
Email: jgentsch@uwa.edu
Phone Number: (205) 652-3844

Address: UWA Station 22
Livingston, AL 35470

Committee Email: jgentsch@uwa.edu

Committee Address: UWA Station 22
Livingston, AL 35470

Academic Integrity Incident Report downloadable here.

Committee Responsibilities

This committee is charged with adjudicating cases of academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism, cheating, assisting in plagiarism or cheating, theft of exams, and other types of academic fraud. A student charged with academic dishonesty may be referred by a faculty member for case review, and if the student so chooses, they can request a hearing either in person or by phone.

The rules governing the actions of this committee can be found here.

Procedure for AIC charges 

  1.  Faculty reports incident of academic dishonesty
  2. A notification is sent to the student about the charges
  3. A hearing is scheduled to discuss the charges
  4. A verdict is rendered
  5. Student receives the verdict
  6. Student may appeal verdict to Provost

Committee Actions

The following punishments are available to the committee if a student is found guilty of academic dishonesty:

  1. Written Reprimand
  2. Letter about environmental infractions
  3. Dean's Meeting
  4. Meeting with AIC Committee chair
  5. Disciplinary Suspensions for one or more terms
  6. Take Comprehensive Exam on campus under human supervision
  7. Expulsion

Student Actions

The student is allowed to communicate with the committee before the verdict is rendered by the following methods:

  1. E-mails or letters of explanation
  2. Telephone conversation with the committee chair                 
  3. Hearing via telephone
  4. Hearing in person


The following list, albeit not exhaustive, provides examples of the types of evidence that may be given to the committee concerning a student's academic dishonesty:

  1. Turnitin.com report
  2. Videos
  3. Video timetable, or a list of the times when infractions occur on a video, which is required on all Academic Dishonesty Incident reports
  4. Class syllabus
  5. Test copy
  6. Email correspondence
  7. Blackboard discussions

Information on the Civil Rights Grievance and Investigation Process can be viewed here.

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