Academic Integrity Sanctions

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What possible penalties can be imposed for an integrity violation?

Academic dishonesty has serious consequences. If a student has violated the academic integrity policy, several different sanctions may be imposed, including:

  • Warning. A written notice is provided to the student that they have violated a university academic integrity standard and that repetition of the wrongful conduct may be cause for more severe sanctions.
  • Revision of work. The student may be required to replace or revise the work in which dishonesty occurred. (The instructor may choose to assign a grade of “I” [incomplete] pending replacement or revision of the work.)
  • Reduction in grade. The student’s grade may be reduced with respect to the particular assignment/exam or final grade in the course.
  • Failure in the course. The student can receive a failing grade in the course.
  • Instructors can impose other reasonable and appropriate sanction(s) as they see fit.
  • Recommendation of the following sanctions. (These require review and approval by the Office of Academic Integrity.)
    • Failure in the Course, Remediation Required, Temporary Notation of Academic Dishonesty: The student can receive a failing grade for the course with notation on the transcript that the grade of “F” was assigned for reasons of academic dishonesty. Upon successful completion of the Office of Academic Integrity remediation assignment, the transcript notation will be removed. Failure to successfully complete the remediation assignment as prescribed will result in permanent notation of academic dishonesty.
    • Failure in the Course With Permanent Notation of Academic Dishonesty: The student can receive a failing grade for the course with permanent notation on the transcript that the grade of “F” was assigned for reason of academic dishonesty.
  • Recommendation of the following university sanctions. The Office of Academic Integrity must review and recommend these sanctions to the university president or designee for approval.
    • Suspension From the University: The student can be suspended for a defined period of time with stated conditions that may include a permanent notation on the transcript.
    • Expulsion From the University: The student can be expelled with permanent notation on the transcript.

Graduate-Level Sanctions

  • Remediation.
  • Dismissal from degree program.
  • Dismissal from degree program with transcript notation of academic dishonesty.
  • Dismissal from the department.
  • Dismissal from the department with transcript notation of academic dishonesty.

What else should I know about sanctions?

Faculty members assign a sanction that generates a record with the Office of Academic Integrity. While voluntarily taking the remediation course can affect the student’s record, it has no effect on the faculty sanction. In order to change a sanction, a student has the right to appeal.