Sanction Options

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Our office has an open-door policy for anyone who wishes to consult about academic misconduct policies, the accountability process, discuss resolution options, or discuss possible sanctions. Sanction options are further explained in Chapter 8 of the Code of Student Academic Integrity. A summary of potential sanctions are below. 
 
Sanctioning Options for Informal Resolutions 

Formerly known as a Settlement Form, the sanctions available for an Informal Resolution include: 

  • Written Warning. Official documentation conveying to the Student that their behavior was unacceptable and that any future violation of the Code may result in more severe action, including Suspension, or Expulsion. It is the presumption that in any Academic Misconduct a written warning would be provided;
  • Resubmission of Academic Exercise with or without grade penalty;
  • Reduced Academic Exercise Grade including "F" if undergraduate Student and "U" for graduate Student;
  • Reduced Course Grade including "F" if undergraduate Student and "U" for graduate Student; and/or
  • Educational Sanctions to help Students learn from their decisions and reflect on what they want to get out of the University experience. Educational Sanctions include, but are not limited to:
    • Writing Resource Center - Designed for students found responsible for plagiarism, specifically struggling with paraphrasing. The student would receive one-on-one tutoring.
    • EndNote Workshop with Atkins Library - Designed for students found responsible for plagiarism, specifically struggling with citations. The workshop helps students correctly cite sources, using whatever style their program specifies.
    • Personal Academic Consultations (PACs) with the University Center for Academic Excellence (UCAE) - Designed to help students develop time management and communication skills, study habits, and other relevant academic skill building topics.
    • Decision Making Workshop - Participate in an interactive workshop focused on responsible and ethical decision-making, and complete a post-workshop reflection paper. Workshop is hosted by Student Conduct & Academic Integrity. 
    • Other - Please consult with Student Conduct & Academic Integrity if you would like to impose a sanction not on this list. 

*Please note, sanctions prohibiting students from enrolling in future course work with a specific person or department is not permitted. 

Sanctioning Options for Facilitated Resolutions & Formal Resolutions 

If the allegation is a severe first offense, second or subsequent offense, the student declines an offered Informal Resolution, or a more severe penalty is deemed appropriate, please fill out the Academic Integrity Charge Form. Sanction options include all of the sanctions listed under an Informal Resolutions. In addition, a Facilitated Resolution or Formal Resolution (Hearing) may sanction:

  • Academic Integrity Probation. A status in which the Student is deemed not to be in good conduct standing with the University for a definite period of time not less than the remainder of the semester in which the Academic Integrity Probation is imposed. Academic Integrity Probation does not affect the Student’s academic standing and is not notated on the Student’s academic transcript.
  • Suspension. Separation from the University for a period no less than the remainder of the current semester.
  • Grade Reduction with a Notation on a Transcript. The grade of "F" for an undergraduate Student or "U" for a graduate Student for the course with a notation of "X" on the academic transcript indicating that the notation is a result of Academic Misconduct.


In severe cases of academic misconduct, an Academic Integrity Board Hearing Panel may sanction the following through a Formal Resolution:

  • Expulsion. Permanent separation from the University.
  • Post-Enrollment/Post Graduation Sanctions. Revocation of any degree awarded; temporary or permanent withholding of the diploma or transcript for any degree, regardless of whether the degree has been awarded; and/or having sanction(s) imposed as a condition of re-enrollment at the University.