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Academic Misconduct

At Liberty University, we place a high value on honesty and integrity in our community. You are an integral part of this community, and we expect you to uphold and esteem the university’s principles. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Academic Misconduct to clarify our policies and expectations for your academic coursework. If you have further questions, please review the Academic Misconduct section of the Honor Code.

What is Academic Misconduct?

Per The Liberty Way, Academic Misconduct is considered conduct that undermines the academic integrity of Liberty University and includes, but is not limited to, academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and falsification.


What happens if I fail a course due to Academic Misconduct?

Any student who receives a grade of “F” for Academic Misconduct will be allowed to repeat the class. Please note that the Repeat Policy may not apply in every instance. We recommend that you consult with your Academic Advisor or the Registrar’s Office to discuss your options.

How will an Academic Misconduct report affect my future? Is this in my permanent record?

All Academic Misconduct records are confidential and housed with the Office of Community Life. Grades of “F” for Academic Misconduct are notated on your academic transcript and in your student conduct record. An Honor Code violation for academic misconduct may also be issued by the Office of Community Life according to the process outlined in the Honor Code.

How do I appeal?

To officially appeal, visit Beacon and select the “Appeal” option. There is an appeal window of 7 calendar days after the official notification of the report is received.

What happens if my appeal is denied?

If the first appeal is denied, you can submit a second appeal through Beacon. If the second appeal is denied, the decision is considered final and no further appeals will be accepted. The sanctions in the final decision will be implemented.

When will Blackboard reflect the final decision?

If you choose not to appeal or if a final decision has been made, please allow 7-10 business days for Blackboard to reflect any adjustment to your grade.

How can I guard against unintentional plagiarism?

Proper research, writing, and citation are skills which can be difficult to master. We highly recommend taking full advantage of the academic resources that the university provides to all students. Your professors and the College of Applied Studies & Academic Success (CASAS) are equipped with resources to assist you.