Imposing Sanctions

While instructors have a great deal of latitude in determining appropriate sanctions for academic integrity violations, the sanctions chart provides guidance on the appropriate range of sanctions for particular violations. 

Instructors May Impose the Following Sanctions

  • Warning.
  • Revision of work.
  • Reduction in grade.
  • Failure in course.
  • Remediation (graduate level only).
  • Other reasonable and appropriate sanction(s) as may be determined by the instructor (or committee at later levels of review).

Instructors May Recommend the Following Sanctions

These sanctions can be recommended to the Office of Academic Integrity and, if necessary, to the university president for approval.

  • Failure in course, remediation required, temporary notation of academic dishonesty on the transcript.
  • Failure in course with a permanent notation of academic dishonesty on transcript.
  • Dismissal from degree program (graduate level only).
  • Dismissal from degree program with transcript notation of academic dishonesty (graduate level only).
  • Dismissal from the department (graduate level only).
  • Dismissal from the department with transcript notation of academic dishonesty (graduate level only).
  • Suspension from UB.
  • Expulsion from UB.

Template Sanction Letters

It is important to include all relevant information in a sanction letter to a student. These letters must be sent within 10 academic days of the consultative resolution meeting. To assist in this process, two template sanction letters are here for your use. One is designed for undergraduate students and one is designed for graduate students. Feel free to add detail and edit as you see fit to meet the needs of your specific case.

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