A Culture of Honesty Earns a Degree of Respect

Sanctions for Dishonesty

Facilitated Discussion. The instructor and student may reach an agreement about the appropriate consequence(s) for a dishonesty violation keeping in mind that the process should be educational for the student who violated the policy yet fair to other students who have honestly completed the academic work. 

Student’s Right of Rescission. The student has the right to rescind a Facilitated Discussion agreement by notifying the Office of the Vice President for Instruction within 5 working days from the date the agreement form is signed. If the agreement is rescinded, an Academic Honesty Panel will be convened to determine if academic dishonesty occurred and if so, to assign the appropriate sanction(s) for the violation.

Please refer to the Academic Honesty Semester Reports for examples of sanctions that may be appropriate for a first violation acknowledged during a Facilitated Discussion.

Academic Honesty Panel.  A student found in violation by the Academic Honesty Panel must receive either a "0" or the lowest possible grade on the academic work under the grading system for that course. In addition, one or more of the following consequences must be assigned:

  1. Final course grade of "F".
  2. Placement of a dishonesty transcript notation which states: "Academic Honesty Violation as Determined by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction," which must remain until the student is not enrolled as a student at the university and two years after the date upon which the Academic Honesty Panel entered its final decision.
  3. Suspension.
  4. Dismissal.
  5. Expulsion.

The Academic Honesty Panel may impose other consequences in addition to the minimums above. 

If the Academic Honesty Panel finds that extraordinary circumstances warrant the imposition of a consequence less than the minimums described above, the Academic Honesty Panel shall state in writing the reasons for the extraordinary circumstances and why the assigned consequence is considered appropriate.

If the dishonesty transcript notation is imposed as a consequence, the student may petition the Office of the Vice President for Instruction in writing to remove the notation at the appropriate time. This request will be granted only if no additional violations of academic honesty against that student have been found at any time and no additional allegations of dishonesty are pending at this university or any other institution of higher education. The student’s petition must grant the Office of the Vice President for Instruction permission to verify that information.

Multiple Violations Review Board. If an Academic Honesty Panel determines that a subsequent violation occurred or a student acknowledges the subsequent violation during a Facilitated Discussion, the Multiple Violations Review Board will be convened to meet with the student and the director for academic honesty or his/her designee to determine additional consequences for the multiple violations. 
The student must receive a permanent dishonesty transcript notation and at least one of the following consequences:

  1. Suspension
  2. Dismissal
  3. Expulsion

If the Board determines that extraordinary circumstances warrant the imposition of a sanction less than one of the minimums, a detailed written rationale must be provided to the Office of the Vice President for Instruction and the student.