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Consequences of Academic Misconduct

Per university policy, instructors are limited to three academic penalty options in cases of academic misconduct:

  • Reduction of the grade for the assignment in question
  • Reduction of the final grade in the course (including failure of the course)
  • Additional academic work
The Honor Code Council can recommend:
  • Upholding the instructor's finding of guilt and the penalty
  • Upholding the instructor's finding of guilt, but recommend a different penalty
  • Rejecting the instructor's finding of guilt and the attached penalty
The council’s recommendations are sent to the college dean where the violation occurred. The final decision rests with the dean of that college.
Students found guilty of academic misconduct will have a file created indicating a record of academic dishonesty and that file is maintained for five years in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Depending on the severity of the violation or in the case of repeated violations (i.e. "serial" academic misconduct), students may be referred to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action.
Students may appeal the findings to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs by following the procedures outlined in the Honor Code UPPS 07.10.01.