My Instructor says I cheated, what’s next?

When a course instructor suspects a student has violated the Mississippi State University Student Honor Code, they must report the incident and follow the Student Honor Code process. You should cooperate with your course instructor throughout the process. You can also contact the Student Honor Code Office for assistance or additional questions that you have.

  1. Schedule an appointment to meet with your course instructor.
  2. Be honest.
  3. Listen to why your course instructor suspects that a violation of the MSU Student Honor Code has occurred.
  4. Respectfully convey any questions or concerns that you have regarding the allegations of academic misconduct to your course instructor.
  5. Ensure that you fully understand the allegations of academic misconduct and the course instructor’s recommended outcome prior to completing the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form.
  6. The course instructor may choose to refer the alleged violation directly to the Student Honor Code Office. In these situations, the Student Honor Code Office staff will meet with you to discuss the incident.

If you have a previous violation of the Mississippi State University Student Honor Code, any subsequent violations must be referred to the Student Honor Code Council for a hearing.

The faculty member has the option of handling the case or referring the case to the Student Honor Code Office. Even cases that are handled individually must be reported to the Student Honor Code Council Office.

A faculty member may handle cases directly in the following situations:

  1. It is a first time offense.
  2. It is not anticipated to result in an outcome greater than an XF.
  3. The student does not request referral to the Student Honor Code Council.

A faculty member may refer the case to the Student Honor Code Council at any point in the process.

The accused student may appeal the faculty member’s decision to the Student Honor Code Council.

To learn more about the Faculty Report Process, click here.

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Phone: 662.325.9151
Fax: 662.325.3699

Mailing Address
Student Honor Code Office
Mississippi State University
608 Allen Hall
P.O. Box DS
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Mail Stop 9515

Office Hours:
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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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