Office of the Academic Ombud -- A neutral, independent and confidential resource for UK students and faculty

109 Bradley Hall • ombud@uky.edu • 859-257-3737 • University Senate Rules

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UK Academic Offense Policy

Academic integrity issues are taken seriously at the University of Kentucky, and there are specific policies and procedures to administer academic offense issues. A summary of the process as well as the flow chart below may be helpful to faculty. If you have questions, please call our office for assistance. For the actual rules, please see Senate Rules 6.3.0 and 6.4.0.

If you suspect an academic offense may have taken place outside of a course, please call our office. There are other rules for handling these types of offenses.

Summary of Academic Offense Process
Hyperlinked Flow Chart

Template letters for various penalties are available and links to download the most commonly used letters are below. If the letters provided do not address your situation or if you have further questions, please contact Academic Ombud Services.

Template for meeting request with the student

Template for first offense with penalty of zero on assignment

Template for first offense with penalty of E in course

Template for second offense with penalty of E in course

For a complete discussion of the role of the Academic Ombud in academic offense appeals, see Senate Rule 6.4.4 A .

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