Faculty have the authority to set standards of academic integrity and define academic misconduct. The faculty member in conjunction with the academic unit determines the appropriate academic sanctions for academic misconduct. Academic sanctions are assessed by an individual faculty member and/or an academic unit and relate to the student’s standing within that course and/or unit. These may include, but are not limited to failure of an assignment, failure of a course and/or termination from a graduate program. When academic misconduct is suspected, the faculty member and/or representative of the academic unit should discuss the situation with the student and then come to a determination regarding appropriate academic sanctions. The exact process by which this is done is left to the faculty member in conjunction with the academic unit. Academic dishonesty is both an academic and behavioral issue. Students who violate the Honor Code are subject to dual consequences, academic sanctions and disciplinary actions. Students may be referred to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office.
Academic sanctions are not subject to the appellate process outlined in the Honor Code but are instead governed by the Procedure for Academic Grievances and Appeals for Graduate Students. Decisions made by faculty members or academic units regarding academic sanctions may be appealed according to the Procedure for Academic Grievances and Appeals for Graduate Students. Appeals will only be reviewed in the following circumstances:
- The existence of procedural errors is so substantial that the accused was denied a fair hearing
- A finding of fact made in the original hearing clearly not supported by the facts presented
- New and significant evidence is presented that was not reasonably available at the time of the initial hearing
- The imposition of a sanction that is arbitrary and capricious