Academic Integrity, Disciplinary Procedures, Settlement Procedures

As part of our mission to enable students to become responsible citizens by developing ethical awareness, Oregon Tech expects that students, staff, and faculty share in the responsibility of maintaining high academic standards. Faculty and staff are expected to encourage and sustain academic excellence. Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge with honesty and integrity. Oregon Tech considers academic dishonesty to be an unacceptable practice.


Academic dishonesty is defined as cheating, plagiarism or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses.

Plagiarism is defined as submitting the language, ideas, thoughts or work of another as one’s own or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing one’s work to be used in this fashion.

Cheating is defined as, but not limited to: obtaining or providing unauthorized information during an examination through verbal, visual or unauthorized use of books, notes, text and other materials; obtaining or providing unauthorized information concerning all or part of an examination prior to that examination; taking an examination for another student or arranging for another person to take an exam in one’s place; altering test answers after submittal for grading; changing grades after grades have been awarded; or altering other official academic records.

Disciplinary procedures for incidents of academic dishonesty may involve both academic and administrative action. After following the settlement procedures outlined below, the instructor of record may choose one or more of the following actions:

  • Provide a written warning to the student (with a copy to the Student Affairs Office).
  • Award a failing mark on the test or paper in question.
  • Require the student to retake the test or resubmit the paper.
  • Refer the case to the Student Hearing Commission.
  • Academic action by the instructor of record may not include assigning a grade of “F” for the course or administratively withdrawing the student from the course based solely upon the incident of academic dishonesty. (Oregon Department of Justice Memorandum, 1979).

Administrative directors who determine in the course of their duties that academic dishonesty has occurred will also use the settlement procedures outlined below, notifying the instructor of record, and may choose either action 1 or 4, above.

All academic dishonesty cases will be reported to the Student Affairs Office. If a faculty member and/or administrative director has evidence that a student has violated the Student Academic Integrity policy, the case may be handled either through settlement or a hearing. If the student is attending Oregon Tech, the faculty member and/or administrative director must meet with the student as soon as possible after discovering the violation. After meeting with the student, the faculty member and/or administrative director will determine the appropriate procedure based on the following:

  • If the faculty member and/or administrative director believes that the suspected violation can be resolved under the settlement procedures, s/he will contact the Student Affairs Office to determine if the student is eligible for settlement. If a student has a prior academic dishonesty offense, s/he is not eligible for settlement.
  • If the student is eligible, the faculty member and/or administrative director may proceed with the settlement procedure.
  • If the student is not eligible for settlement, or if the faculty member or administrative director believes the suspected violation is serious enough to warrant a greater penalty than those outlined under the disciplinary procedures, the faculty member or administrative director must refer the case to the Student Hearing Commission by notifying the Student Affairs Office.
  • Faculty member and/or administrative director meets with the student and presents him/her with the allegation and evidence of the academic integrity violation.
  • Faculty member and/or administrative director requests an explanation from the student.
  • After hearing the explanation, the faculty member and/or administrative director will determine whether or not a violation has occurred. If so, s/he will fill out a settlement form noting the penalty and give a copy of the form to the student.
  • The student will be allowed, at most, 48 hours to consider and seek advice on whether to admit guilt and accept the penalty by signing the form.
    If the student agrees to sign, the original must be signed in the faculty member’s or administrative director’s presence.
  • If a settlement is reached, the faculty member and/or administrative director imposes the penalty and delivers the settlement form in a “confidential” envelope to the Student Affairs Office who keeps a record of offenses. The student is given a copy of the form.
  • If the student refuses to meet with the instructor or administrative director, the faculty member and/or administrative director must forward the form to the Student Affairs Office.
  • If during the meeting the student neither admits guilt nor agrees with the penalty and signs the settlement form accordingly, the faculty member and/or administrative director must forward the form to the Student Affairs Office.
  • Students have the right to file an appeal as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Student Affairs

 College Union 217
College Union, 2nd floor, Rm 217
3201 Campus Dr.
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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Here is some additional information on marijuana use on campus:

The consequences are the same as possession or use of any controlled substance on campus. Students will face disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Conduct Code, which can include suspension or expulsion, depending on the circumstances (see: .)

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Despite the legalization of the possession, sale and use of marijuana in Oregon for those 21 and older, Oregon Tech must comply with federal law. This includes prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana in all forms. Oregon Tech is legally permitted to implement and enforce internal policies on our campus which may or may not be the same as state laws but are in the best interests of student safety. For example, while Oregonians may currently carry a concealed firearm if they have a permit, doing so is not allowed on the Oregon Tech campus due to safety concerns.

No, smoking of any kind on campus is prohibited by Oregon Tech policy. This prohibition forbids smoking of tobacco, marijuana or any other substance.

No, you cannot possess any amount of marijuana in any form on campus – including leaf/bud, hash, edibles, oils or any other form of marijuana or marijuana infused products. Doing so is a violation of the Student Conduct Code and other Oregon Tech policies. These policies are in force because these products can put other students at risk and, as discussed above, use and possession of marijuana products is a violation of federal law.

Yes, the disciplinary consequences at Oregon Tech for marijuana use, possession and intoxication are the same after July 1, 2015 as they are before.

If you are under the influence of any controlled substance, whether marijuana, alcohol, or other controlled substance, you are subject to the mandates for substance use in the Student Conduct Code.

Under federal law, marijuana use will still be considered illegal even after July 1, 2015 and students cannot possess or use medical marijuana in any form, even if in possession of a medical marijuana card. If you have any questions, please see the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Please contact Vice President for Student Affairs or visit the Student Affairs office on the second floor of the College Union (Klamath Falls campus).

Disability and Testing Services


Disability Services facilitates access to Oregon Tech programs and services for individuals with disabilities through accommodations, education, consultation, and advocacy. We strive to promote a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and accessible learning and working environment for individuals with disabilities. We recognize disability as diversity and ensure individuals with disabilities have full access, inclusion, and belonging in the Oregon Tech community.

Testing Services provides a secure, equitable and professional testing environment for accommodated testing to support Oregon Tech students registered with Disability Services and those who need to schedule a make-up exam. 

Medical Withdrawl

A Medical Withdrawal is requested when a student is suffering from a medical condition that prevents the completion of the term. A "W" will be placed on the student's Oregon Tech Transcript. Students who receive a medical withdrawal may be placed on hold until the University can determine that the student is ready to return. Medical withdrawals can be for all courses or individual course(s) the student is registered in for the term. A medical withdrawal must be filed within six (6) months of the end of the term involved. If a student is approved for medical withdrawal, the student may apply for a Tuition Refund Appeal through the Business Affairs Office.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Only illness or injuries, as it relates to the student, of extended duration are normally considered for a medical withdrawal. Consideration will be given only when an illness or injury makes it impossible to complete a term.
  • Read the instructions and definitions on the request form explaining the medical withdrawal process and its consequences, if approved.
  • Students who wish to file a request for medical withdrawal should print and complete the form and attach supporting medical documentation. The letter in support of your medical withdrawal may be written by a physician, counselor or other medical provider, and must provide dates seen and recommend withdrawal from class(es).
  • The following items will be required to file for a Medical Withdrawal and should be returned to the Student Affairs Office: 
    1. Request for Medical Withdraw - is a request to be medically withdrawn from the University and should be returned to the Student Affairs Office.
    2. Supporting Medical Documentation - is a medical release form to be signed and returned along with Request Form by the student.
  • Return the completed items to Student Affairs, College Union 217. You may email to or fax to 541.885.1122. An evaluation will be made by the Dean of Students upon receipt of all appropriate medical withdrawal forms. Your Medical Withdrawal request will take approximately two to three weeks to review.

To submit a Tuition & Fee Appeals Form, please go to the Business Affairs Office website.

Oregon Tech Policies

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Listed below are established university policies and procedures. Individual departments may have their own policies or procedures, which are not indexed on this webpage or maintained by the President's Council. 

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