Academic Integrity Sanctions Matrix

This sanction matrix is for undergraduate students*

  • All cases of academic integrity violations should be reported to the Academic Integrity Office (AIO) using the online form.
  • Faculty have the authority to decide on in-class actions or grade-related penalties when making a finding of an academic integrity violation in the context of their courses in accordance with the Academic Integrity code of ethics.
  • Faculty will decide on the student’s grade on the assessment in question and/or on the final grade of the course depending on the severity of the case irrespective of the sanction given by the Academic Integrity Committee.
  • All faculty are required to report any suspected academic integrity (AI) violation (independent of actions taken at their course level) to both their department chairs/associate deans and the AIO within 10 business days when a suspected violation becomes evident unless there is a justifiable delay. Chairs of departments and reporting faculty will be informed of the outcome of the AI cases.
  • For ELI and for students during their first two full semesters at AUC, faculty should treat violations resulting from inexperience as teaching opportunities (for example Improper citation or footnote of a limited section of an assignment). No case is filed, but faculty should report a suspected violation to the AI Office to ensure that these violations do not go unreported.
  • The Council on Academic Integrity recognizes that each case is different and comes with its own unique circumstances, therefore, aggravating and mitigating factors may be considered during the sanctioning phase which may affect the sanctioning outcome both within and across the levels.
  •  At times, when deemed necessary, the Academic Integrity Committee may require academic integrity workshops and/or counseling/coaching sessions in addition to the sanction guidelines below.
  • The following academic integrity sanctions matrix is a guideline for the Academic Integrity Committee to consider when a finding of a policy violation has been made.

*When a graduate student commits a violation, the Academic Integrity committee would give him/her a harsher sanction than they would an undergraduate student committing the same violation

Violation Severity

  • Examples of violations include but are not limited to:
    • Hiding, covering up, or lying (false excuses for absence, delay, or illness)
    • Signing someone else’s name on the attendance list
    • Citing most sources correctly but negligently leaving portions of the citation out
    • Aiding and abetting in any level 1 violation
    • Any prior academic integrity violation(s) may result in a sanction or sanctions at a higher level than is recommended for the new offense under these guidelines
    Possible Sanctions

    1. Written warning  copying the dean

    And

    2. AI/Ethics workshop and Reflection paper and Community Service Hours (15 hours)

  • Examples of violations include but are not limited to:
    • Gaining unauthorized access to another student’s assessments
    • Circulating/sharing other students’ academic assessments without consent
    • Citing many sources correctly but not citing other sources
    • Making up a citation to make your work sound more credible or saying things that the original source never said
    • Paraphrasing multiple sources and stitching them together without citation, making it sound entirely like your own
    • Reusing portions or sections of your own work and not citing your previous works (essentially claiming the reused portions as original)
    • Falsifying or creating fake data for assessments  
    • Unauthorized collaboration in an otherwise individual assignment/project
    • Aiding and abetting in any level 2 violation
    • Any prior academic integrity violation(s) (including lower-level violations) may result in a sanction or sanctions at a higher level than is recommended for the new offense under these guidelines
    Possible Sanctions

    1. Written warning copying the dean

    And 

    2. Community Service Hours (25 hours) AI/Ethics workshop and Reflection paper

    And

    3. No overload and no independent studies for one semester and the following winter/summer session or prohibited from taking courses in the following winter/summer session

  • Examples of violations include but are not limited to:
    • Falsifying or creating fake data for research
    • Using or attempting to use unauthorized material or devices on an examination
    • Gaining or providing unauthorized access to any University academic records belonging to self or others (including examination materials)
    • Re-using an entire work of your own for another purpose or publication and claiming it as original
    • Using someone else’s work, but changing words and phrases to make it sound different
    • Copying substantial portions of other people’s work and claiming them as their own work. Students may not have copied someone else’s entire work, but copied many sentences, paragraphs, and sections and claimed them as their own
    • Cheating or attempting to cheat whether individually or as part of a group of students
    • Arranging to have another person, complete one’s work such as papers, reports, projects, and so on and submit it as one’s own work.
    • Aiding and abetting in any level 3 violation
    • Any prior academic integrity violation(s) (including lower-level violations) may result in a sanction or sanctions at a higher level than is recommended for the new offense under these guidelines
    Possible Sanctions

    Sanction A

    1. One-course reduction without the option of an overload

    And

    2. Probation/deferred suspension for one year. During that year, if any section of the code of academic ethics or code of student conduct is violated the student will be automatically suspended the following semester

    Or

    Sanction B

    1. Suspension for one semester

  • Examples of violations include but are not limited to:
    • Creating, altering, or corrupting any academic record or documents including unofficial transcripts, certificates, accommodation letters, and so on
    • Impersonating or allowing oneself to be impersonated in a high-stakes activity like an examination, major declaration, or scholarship interview
    • Offering bribes to any university employees to obtain a grade change or to gain an unfair advantage over others
    • Copying, stealing or purchasing an entire document that someone else wrote and claiming it as your own
    • Engaging in financial trading or dealings related to exchanging, buying, or selling academic material, such as assignments, projects, and reports (contract cheating)
    • Aiding and abetting in any level 4 violation
    • Any prior academic integrity violation(s) (including lower-level violations) may result in a sanction or sanctions at a higher level than is recommended for the new offense under these guidelines
    Possible Sanctions

    1. Expulsion

Important Note: Graduating seniors may be delayed from graduating should a finding of policy violation be made at level 3 or 4. They may appeal to the provost for a final decision regarding such delay in graduation.