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Admissions Fraud Procedure

This Admissions Fraud Procedure shall apply if the University has credible information supporting an allegation that falsified, fraudulent, deceitful, or misrepresented information that is material to student admissions was submitted to the University as part of a student’s admission’s process.

If, pursuant to this procedure, it is determined that falsified, fraudulent, deceitful, or misrepresented information that is material to student admissions was submitted to the University as part of a student’s admissions process, the student’s admission and credits are subject to revocation. If the student has graduated, his or her degree(s) are subject to revocation as well. If the University revokes a student’s credits, admission, and/or degree(s) pursuant to this procedure, the University will notate the student’s official record (including the Student Information System or equivalent, and transcripts), and may notify any institution where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or is enrolled in the future.

When the University has credible information supporting an allegation that falsified, fraudulent, deceitful, or misrepresented information that is material to student admissions was submitted to the University as part of a student’s admission’s process:

  1. A designee of the Dean shall notify the student in writing of (i) the specific allegation(s) and (ii) that admission, credits, and degree(s) (if the student has graduated) are subject to revocation. The notice shall invite the student to, within 14 days of the notice date, respond to the allegation in writing, and provide any relevant materials to the designee of the Dean.
  2. For a student for whom degree revocation is being considered, the notice shall also inform the student of the optional right to a hearing provided that the student submits a request for the hearing within 14 days of the notice date.
  3. The designee of the Dean shall review the allegations and any response and relevant materials submitted by the student. The designee of the Dean may seek additional information if he/she deems it appropriate. The designee of the Dean shall submit to the Dean the full record along with his or her written recommendation on whether to revoke admission, credits, or degree(s) and/or impose other sanctions.
  4. For students already awarded a degree who request an optional hearing, the Dean shall appoint a panel of three faculty members. The student shall be notified in writing of the names of the members of the committee, and within five (5) days of receiving that notice, the student may submit in writing to the Dean a request that a member of the committee be replaced on a reasonable showing of bias or improper influence from personal, professional, or financial conflicts of interest that may compromise, or appear to compromise, the committee member’s objectivity. The panel’s review is limited to fact-finding on whether the information submitted was falsified, fraudulent, deceitful, and/or misrepresented, and material to admission. The Dean shall transmit to the panel the full record and the recommendation of the designee of the Dean. Only the student, the panel, and witnesses called by the panel or the student are permitted during the hearing. Witnesses will only be present at the hearing during their own testimony. The student will have the opportunity to speak and respond to the allegations, and to question the witnesses. The panel may question the witnesses and the student. No supporters or legal counsel are permitted during the hearing. If the student does not attend the hearing, the panel may proceed to hear the case in the student’s absence. The panel shall provide a written summary of its fact-finding in a report to the Dean.
  5. The Dean shall review the full record, recommendation of the Dean’s designee, and the panel report as applicable. The Dean may seek additional information if he/she deems it appropriate. If the student chooses not to provide information in response to the initial notice within the stated timeframe, request a hearing, or attend or participate in a scheduled hearing, the Dean will proceed with making a decision with the available information.
  6. The Dean shall make a determination on whether to revoke admission, credits and degree(s) and/or impose other sanctions. The Dean shall inform the student of the decision and appeal rights.
  7. The student may appeal the Dean’s decision within 7 days by submitting an appeal in writing to the Provost at provost.jhu.edu. Appeals are permitted on procedural grounds only. The Provost’s decision is final.
  8. The Dean shall notify the faculty if a decision is made to revoke a student’s degree. The Dean shall also notify the University Registrar of any revocation of admission, credits, and/or degrees. The University Registrar shall direct the appropriate notations be made in the student’s records, and shall notify the Office of International Services (OIS) if the student is/was attending the University on a visa dependent upon documentation issued by the University. OIS will take appropriate action on any active SEVIS record of the student in question upon notification by the University Registrar and within the period prescribed by regulation. OIS will concurrently notify the impacted student of this SEVIS action.
  9. Days specified in this procedure are calendar days. Decisions on recommended determinations of responsibility and determinations of responsibility pursuant to this procedure shall be made by a preponderance of the evidence. Good faith efforts shall be made to complete the procedure herein within a reasonable timeframe.
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