The sanction of failure in course or failure with transcript notation (either temporary or permanent), like all sanctions, will be reviewed by the Office of Academic Integrity. If warranted, the sanction of F in course (or F with notation) can override and replace the U.
Oftentimes if students are dishonestly gaining an advantage on the exam, honest students are inadvertently penalized. This happens primarily when exams are graded “on a curve.” Therefore, we strongly encourage students to step forward and inform their instructor or TA about any cheating on exams. At a minimum, the instructor can monitor subsequent exams more diligently, or design exam questions in such a way that cheating is discouraged or any advantage mitigated.
The steps a student should follow if charged with a violation are defined in the undergraduate policy and procedures or the graduate policy and procedures. However, students may wish to also consult with the Student Conduct and Advocacy office for clarification or questions regarding this process. If a student chooses to appeal a decision or sanction, the policy defines the steps and timetable to do so. You can learn more about appeals on our How to Appeal page.
Every discipline will adhere to a preferred style manual, even though the principles for citation are largely identical across disciplines. The UB Libraries website offers additional information on properly citing sources. In addition, the Center for Excellence in Writing offers both online information and in-person advice in 209 Baldy Hall or 128 Capen Hall, with an appointment.
Holds are automatically placed on student accounts when there is a report of academic dishonesty. This is to prevent a student from dropping the course in which they have an academic integrity case without the instructor’s permission. If a student want to drop another course, they should contact the Office of Academic Integrity for direction. These holds are removed at the end of the semester and will not prevent the student from registering for future semesters. They are not tied to the optional remediation course.
If remediation is mandatory for your case, you may have a special hold placed on your account from the Office of Academic Integrity. These holds will be lifted after successful completion of the mandatory remediation assignment.