Reporting a Case of Suspected Plagiarism or Cheating

Due to the organizational and administrative differences among schools and programs, each school can determine its own reporting sequence from faculty member to CAI Officer.

Depending on the school or program, faculty or students may report an alleged incident to:
Department Chair, Department Deputy Chair, Program Chair, Sequence Chair, Program Director, Department Director, Academic Dean, Preclinical Dean, Dean, or CAI Officer directly.

Each school and program should make its reporting sequence known to its constituencies.

For the sake of clarity, the faculty member’s supervisor will be referred to as “Chair” in the paragraphs that follow.

Faculty members, students, or other members of the Touro community who encounter suspected academic integrity violations should contact the relevant “Chair”. The “Chair” will consult with the faculty member, and if a violation is identified, the faculty member will inform the student. The “Chair" will also report all suspected violations in writing (using the Academic Integrity Violation Reporting Form) to the CAI Officer, who will advise the “Chair” on whether to pursue an informal or a formal resolution. For first-time suspected violations, CAI Officers and faculty are strongly encouraged to seek an informal resolution with the student. No permanent grade may be entered onto the student’s record for the course in question before the issue is resolved.

If an instructor strongly suspects cheating during an exam, the instructor should stop the student’s exam and collect all evidence of cheating. The incident should be immediately reported to the “Chair”, who will investigate and report in writing to the CAI officer.