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article 1—student rights and responsibilities

Part 4. Academic Integrity and Procedure

§ 1‑404 Sanctions

(a) Authorized Sanctions. Authorized Sanctions for academic integrity violations are one or more of the following:
(1) Category 1 – Any sanction discussed and agreed to in writing by the Instructor and the student. A Category 1 sanction must also be reported pursuant to 1-405. A student who accepts a Category 1 sanction waives his or her right to appeal either the finding of a violation or the sanction under 1-403(b).
(2) Category 2 –
(A) A written warning
(B) Educational Sanctions including make-up assignments of a more difficult nature, assignments pertaining to academic integrity, and/or required attendance at a noncredit workshop or seminar on academic integrity.
(C) A reduced grade on the assignment
(D) A failing grade for the assignment
(E) A reduced grade for the course
(F) A denial of credit for the proficiency exam
(3) Category 3 – A failing grade for the course.
(4) In addition to any other sanctions imposed, an Instructor may also recommend suspension or dismissal from the University.
(5) If a combination of sanctions is imposed, the sanction from the highest Category shall determine to whom a Contested Determination or Sanction is forwarded in 1-403(c), except as provided by 1-403(d) for cases involving suspension or dismissal.

(b) General Guidance for Sanctions. The variety of academic settings encountered in the University precludes establishing uniform sanctions for all infractions. Instructors may use their discretion in light of the nature of the class, the educational experience of the student, prior instructions or warnings the Instructor has given to the student, etc.
(1) Relevant aggravating and mitigating factors shall be considered in determining the sanction.
(A) Knowledge and intent are not necessarily factors in determining whether an infraction occurred, but shall be considered in determining an appropriate sanction. Instructors shall consider whether the student knew or should have known that an infraction was likely to occur based on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Careless conduct that results in an infraction should be sanctioned less severely than intentional conduct.
(B) Instructors shall consider aggravating factors, such as repeated violations within the same course in the same semester, cheating on the major work for the course, activity that was designed to hinder the academic performance of others, and similar conduct when determining an appropriate sanction.
(C) Violations in other courses or other semesters will be addressed by the Senate Committee on Student Discipline and shall not be considered by the Instructor when determining a sanction. See Section 1-406.