Academic Misconduct

The Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) is a pool of faculty and students from which small panels are drawn to hear cases of alleged academic misconduct. When a panel determines that academic misconduct has occurred, they decide on the appropriate sanction. The committee as a whole considers the broader issues of academic misconduct and provides feedback to instructors and departments about best practices and policies.


2018-2019 Chair

Trish Van Zandt

Committee Members

Member Source Term Expires
Naduparambil Jacob Faculty 2021
Mollie Blackburn Faculty 2021
Jessica Page Faculty 2021
Narasimham Parinandi Faculty 2021
* Open Seat Faculty 2020
Julie Robbins Faculty 2020
Deborah Grzybowski Faculty 2020
James Rathman Faculty 2020
Trish Van Zandt Faculty 2020
Jay Wellman Faculty 2020
Mark Polifroni Faculty 2020
Betty Lise Anderson Faculty 2020
Dodie McDow Faculty 2020
Mira Katz Faculty 2020
Neal Hooker Faculty 2020
William Minozzi Faculty 2019
Melvin Pascall Faculty 2019
Kent Harrison Faculty 2019
Karen Irving Faculty 2019
Robert Boyd Faculty 2019
Ryan King Faculty 2019
Michael Izzo USG 2019
Madeline Perry USG 2019
Taylor Lovejoy USG 2019
Jacob Dretzka USG 2019
Rhea Pai USG 2019
Tommy Kaczkowski USG 2019
Nathan Schumacher USG 2019
Christopher O'Neil USG 2019
Chris Weller USG 2019
Kathrin Frenzel-Luke CGS 2019
Jazelynn Goudy CGS 2019
Joachim Bean CGS 2019
Christina Grundmann CGS 2019
Jennifer Perkins CGS 2019
Jenn Dane CGS 2019
Anees Dauki CGS 2019
Michael Koenig CGS 2019
Donna Rutledge CGS 2019
Javaune Adams-Gaston VP OSL Designee
Jay Hobgood Provost Appointee

Rules / Responsibilities

The committee on academic misconduct shall consist of forty-two members.

(1) Twenty-two faculty, at least eighteen tenure-track faculty. Faculty members are eligible for reappointment, but may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

(2) Eighteen students.

(a) Nine graduate students.

(b) Nine undergraduate students. The term of service shall begin with the summer term.

(3) Two administrators.

(a) The vice president for student life or designee, non-voting.

(b) A coordinator, appointed by the executive vice president and provost, who shall not participate in the decisions of the committee.

(4) Alternate members.

(a) Faculty and students who have been regular members of the committee during the previous three years shall be eligible to be alternate members, providing they remain at the university in their same category.

(1) Investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct, with the exception of cases in a professional college having a published honor code, and decide upon suitable disciplinary action. (The term "academic misconduct" is defined in paragraph (A) of rule 3335-23-04 of the Administrative Code.) Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee.

(2) Investigate all cases of lax or irregular methods of conducting examinations that might tend to promote academic misconduct on the part of students, with the exception of cases in a professional college having a published honor code. The committee shall report its findings in these cases to the executive vice president and provost.

(3) Serve as a consultant on questions of academic misconduct for any professional college having a published honor code. (Note: this committee shall not have jurisdiction over cases involving student academic misconduct in professional colleges having published honor codes. These colleges shall follow their own codes in investigating reported cases of academic misconduct and in determining suitable disciplinary action. When the action taken involves suspension, dismissal, or entry on the student's permanent record, a recommendation to that effect shall be made to the executive vice president and provost for review and action.)

(1) The committee on academic misconduct is authorized to:

(a) Establish panels of its members which will conduct hearings and make decisions with the same authority as the committee itself;

(b) Establish rules and procedures to conduct hearings, including the definition of a quorum.

(2) If the caseload of the committee should from time to time become such that cases cannot be set for hearing within four weeks (excluding periods of examinations or between vacations and recesses between semesters, terms, or sessions), the chair shall be empowered to ask alternate members to serve voluntarily and temporarily as members of hearing panels.

(3) As a standing committee of the senate, this committee is also governed by the provisions of rules 3335-5-46 and 3335-5-48 of the Administrative Code.

(Board approval dates: 5/1/1986, 2/5/1988, 11/2/1990, 7/12/1991, 2/4/1993, 11/4/1994, 5/3/1996, 4/4/1997, 4/3/1998, 6/1/2001, 6/7/2005, 5/14/2010, 6/6/2014, 4/7/2017)