25 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 2.1. Allegations: Allegations of Academic Misconduct may be informally resolved between a Student and Faculty Member, or formally resolved pursuant to BOR Policy 3:4. 2.2. Informal Resolution 2.2.1. The Faculty Member will meet with the Student to discuss the allegations. The Faculty Member will attempt informal resolution within 10 business days of the initial meeting between the Faculty Member and Student. The Faculty Member may request the assistance or presence of the Student Conduct Officer for this meeting, and may request information from the Student Conduct Officer, including whether a student has been found responsible for prior occurrences of Academic Misconduct, at any point throughout the process. 2.2.2. Informal resolution is reached where: The Student and the Faculty Member agree that there was no Academic Misconduct; or The Student accepts responsibility for the Academic Misconduct, agrees to academic consequences, and signs a form documenting the Student’s agreement. Prior to finalizing an informal resolution based on the Student’s acceptance of responsibility and any proposed academic consequences, the faculty member will notify Student Conduct of the pending informal resolution. At the faculty member’s request, the Student Conduct officer will inform the Faculty Member of the student’s engagement in prior instances of academic misconduct, which information may be used in determining any academic consequences. By signing the form, the Student waives the right to appeal both the fact that the Student engaged in the Academic Misconduct and the academic consequences imposed by the Faculty Member. The Faculty Member must notify Student Conduct of a finalized informal resolution based on the Student’s acceptance of responsibility for Academic Misconduct. 2.2.3. If informal resolution is reached: and the student and Faculty Member agree that there was no Academic Misconduct, no further action is taken. and the Student accepts responsibility for Academic Misconduct, the Faculty Member must provide the signed form used to document the Student’s agreement to the Student Conduct Officer for appropriate conduct sanctions. 2.2.4. If informal resolution is not reached within 10 business days of the initial meeting between the Faculty Member and Student to discuss the allegations, the Faculty Member must report the alleged Academic Misconduct to the Student Conduct Officer to inform them that the alleged Academic Misconduct was not informally resolved through this policy and will need to be addressed through Board Policy 3:4. 2.3. Formal Resolution 2.3.1. Once the Student Conduct process through Board Policy 3:4 is concluded, the Faculty Member will receive a copy of the informal resolution documentation (if an informal resolution is agreed to under BOR Policy 3:4) or the written findings that include the facts found to have occurred. STUDENT FREEDOM IN LEARNING To secure student freedom in learning, faculty members in the classroom and in seminar should encourage free and orderly discussion, inquiry and expression of the course subject matter. Student performance may be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. A. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. B. Each institution shall establish an academic appeals procedure (see Student Academic Grievance Procedure) to permit review of student allegations that an academic evaluation was