Article 1, Part 4 – Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure

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§ 1‑404 Sanctions and Student Status

  1. 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 § 1-407. 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 § 1-405(a).
    2. Category 2 –
      1. A written warning
      2. 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
        1. The Instructor must check workshop or seminar availability with the offering unit before specifying this sanction.
        2. The Instructor will set the deadline for the completion of educational sanctions.
        3. Failure to complete these sanctions by the deadline may result in referral to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution.
      3. A reduced grade on the assignment
      4. A failing grade for the assignment
      5. A reduced grade for the course
      6. A denial of credit for the proficiency exam
    3. Category 3 – A failing grade for the course or failing assessment for the degree requirement.
    4. In addition to any other sanctions imposed, an Instructor may also recommend suspension or dismissal from the university. In such cases, the special procedures described in § 1-405(g) shall be followed.
  2. 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. Where applicable, the Instructor shall use the following principles in determining sanctions:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Violations in other courses or other semesters will be addressed through the Senate Committee on Student Discipline’s procedures and shall not be considered by the Instructor when determining a sanction. See § 1-406.
  3. Student Status.
    1. While an academic integrity infraction is pending (from the date of the Allegation Notice until final resolution):
      1. No change in enrollment status in the course shall be permitted.
      2. If the final deadline for reporting a grade occurs prior to the resolution of the case, the Instructor shall request that the student’s college assign an “Incomplete” grade to the student for the course until final resolution.
    2. Upon a finding of no infraction and resolution of the case, the student shall have the options to:
      1. Continue in the course and be given whatever grade the student is entitled to without regard to the charge of an infraction; or
      2. Drop the course at any time during the semester without a “W” on the transcript. However, to drop the course after the applicable drop deadline, the student must indicate their desire to drop the course within 10 business days of the finding of no infraction; or
      3. Change sections in the course, if possible.
    3. Upon a finding of an infraction and resolution of the case:
      1. If the sanction is Category 1 or 2 as provided in subsection (a) above, an undergraduate student may drop the course or change the course to Credit - No Credit status if they were otherwise eligible at the time of the infraction. Graduate students may drop the course or change the course to Credit - No Credit provided the infraction occurred before the usual deadlines. A record of the infraction will remain in the student’s file even if the student drops the course.
      2. If the sanction is a Category 3 as provided in subsection (a) above, the student may neither change the course to a Credit - No Credit status nor drop the course.
  4. See § 3-107 for procedures regarding capricious grading, if relevant.