In accordance with §89 of the University Act 2002, WVPU may revoke a previously conferred
Academic Degree when it was obtained thorough serious academic misconduct or fraud.
Examples of serious academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, providing
false information on an application for admission, cheating on an examination, plagiarism,
or research misconduct while enrolled in a degree program.
The University Senate is responsible for handling and deciding upon degree revocation
cases related to academic misconduct in accordance with the procedures outlined below.
Anyone with information regarding academic misconduct or fraud related to a previously
earned academic degree should refer it to the University Senate. Upon receipt of credible
information, and assuming the Senate agrees by simple majority vote that the accusation
merits further investigation, the University Senate shall form an investigative committee
composed of the respective Department Head, an appointed faculty member, and the former
advisor of the student (if still employed at Webster) or, in case the advisor is no
longer at the University, a senior permanent faculty member covering core subject
areas of the respective program.
The investigative committee will review the evidence within thirty days. If it finds
by simple majority vote that the allegations are legitimately founded it will recommend
a hearing. If the committee finds that the evidence does not support the allegations,
no further action will be taken.
If the committee recommends a hearing, the individual suspected of prior academic
misconduct will receive a statement detailing the allegations and copies of any evidence
relating to the allegations from the Office of the Director. The individual will have
thirty days to respond and will have the option of providing a written statement addressing
the allegations in addition to attending the formal hearing. If the individual chooses
not to respond within 30 days or attend the hearing, a decision will be made without
the individual’s input.
At the hearing, the investigative committee will present the allegations, evidence,
and any written response from the individual suspected of misconduct. The individual,
if present, can address the allegations. The University Senate will then vote on revoking
the degree by a simple majority decision. This decision is final and cannot be appealed.
When the Senate decides to revoke a degree, WVPU’s Academic Services Office will send
letters to venues that received copies of the original degree to show that WVPU revoked
the individual’s degree.