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Academic Integrity Policy & Reporting

For student information on Academic Integrity, please visit Academic Integrity for Students.
Please direct all questions about academic integrity to integrityFREEMississippi.


To schedule an appointment with a college facilitator, please contact


 Arts and Sciences

John Mark Lawler
Ed Hafer
Toni Anderson
Vivian Moody
Jen Regan

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Tanya Funchess
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Lisa Morgan
Mary Jane Collins

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Ali Dogru
John Miller

Education and Human Sciences

Mariann Taylor

At the University of Southern Mississippi, we expect everyone in our community to operate with academic integrity, holding to the highest standards of scholarly professionalism. Our campus should be characterized by honest, responsible, respectful and ethical behavior, and the Academic Integrity Policy reflects this expectation. 

Our Academic Integrity Policy

The Southern Miss Academic Integrity Policy includes:

  • Our University’s definitions of “academic misconduct”;
  • Sanctions imposed for academic misconduct, including the “XF” grade;
  • Consequences of receiving an XF; and
  • Processes for appeal in cases of alleged misconduct. 

View Academic Integrity Policy

Students at the University of Southern Mississippi are responsible for understanding and following this policy.  All students are to complete an educational online module regarding academic integrity.  

Forms and Procedure

Academic Integrity Flowchart

Academic Integrity Flowchart

This flowchart will explains the Academic Integrity Violation process, from the discovery of a possible violation through any appeal the student might make.

Academic Integrity Form A

Form A

Form A is filled out by the faculty member who discovers the alleged violation. The student will recieve a copy via email.



Academic Integrity Form C

Form B

Form B is filled out during the facilitation meeting among the student, the faculty member, and a college facilitator, and details the outcome of the meeting.

Academic Integrity Form C

Form C

Students who wish to appeal an XF after their facilitation meeting should email integrityFREEMississippi for instructions and access to Form C.




Cases of academic misconduct, whether or not a penalty is applied by the faculty member, should be reported.  

Report a violation


Further Reading About Academic Integrity

  • "50 Ways to Jumpstart Academic Integrity Discussions in Your Class" - developed by Renée Gravois Lee, Sam Houston State University and Lisa M. Burns, Quinnipiac University
  • The Plagiarism Spectrum - "The Plagiarism Spectrum identifies 10 types of plagiarism based on findings from a worldwide survey of nearly 900 secondary and higher education instructors. Each type has been given an easy-to-remember moniker to help students and instructors better identify and discuss the ramifications of plagiarism in student writing.


Questions regarding academic integrity should be sent to the Provost's Office via integrityFREEMississippi.

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