Academic Integrity Sanctions Matrix

All faculty are required to report any suspected Academic Integrity (AI) violation independent of actions taken at their course level (review the recommended actions for cases of academic integrity violations) to both their department chairs and the Academic Integrity Office (AIO) within ten business days when a suspected violation becomes evident unless there is a justifiable delay for taking action. Chairs of departments and reporting faculty will be informed of the outcome of the AI cases.

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.

At times, when deemed necessary, the Academic Integrity Committee may add academic integrity workshops and/or counseling/coaching sessions in addition to the sanctions below.

The following Academic Integrity Sanctions Matrix is a guideline for the Academic Integrity Committee.  

Level 1 Violations

 

Examples of violations include but are not limited to:

  • Improper citation or footnote of a limited section of an assignment

Possible sanctions:

  • The faculty may treat Level 1 violations resulting from inexperience as teaching opportunities. They may choose to report them to the Office of Academic Integrity to ensure that multiple level 1 violations do not go unreported for the same student. No case is filed.


Level 2 Violations

 

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
  • Unauthorized collaboration in an assignment/project
  • Gaining unauthorized access to another student’s records
  • Failing to attribute a major or main source in a paper in which other sources are appropriately documented
  • Changing some words but copying whole phrases, quoting less than all the words copied, paraphrasing without attribution, copying another writer’s organizational structure
  • Self-plagiarism (reusing part of one's own work more than one time without proper citation)
  • Having notes visible during an examination when prohibited
  • Knowingly aiding and abetting in any level 2 offense
  • Repeated level 1 violation

Possible Sanctions:

  • Written warning copying the dean

and 

  • Community service hours (15 hours) or academic integrity/ethics workshop and reflection paper


Level 3 Violations

 

Examples of violations include but are not limited to:

  • Falsifying or creating fake data for an academic assignment
  • Circulating/sharing other students’ academic records without consent
  • Failing to attribute sources in any written paper
  • Multiple submissions
  • Knowingly aiding and abetting in any level 3 offense
  • Repeated level 2 offense

Possible Sanctions:

  • Written warning copying the dean

and

  • No overload, no independent studies for one semester and the following winter/summer session

and

  • Community service hours (25 hours) or academic integrity/ethics workshop and reflection paper


Level 4 Violations

 

Examples of violations include but are not limited to:

  • Intentionally 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)
  • Submitting work that is almost entirely not one’s own work
  • Cheating involving a group of students
  • Knowingly aiding and abetting in any level 4 offense
  • Repeated level 3 offense

Possible sanctions:

  • Depending on the mitigating or aggravating factors, sanction could be A or B

Sanction A

  • One-course reduction without the option of an overload

and

  • Deferred sanction for one year (during that year, If any University policy is violated, code of student conduct, or code of academic ethics, the student will be automatically suspended by the following semester

Sanction B

  • Suspension for one semester


Level 5 Violations

 

Examples of violations include but are not limited to:

  • Offering bribes to any university employees to obtain a grade change or to gain an unfair advantage over others
  • Impersonating or allowing to be impersonated in a high-stakes activity like examination, declaring major, scholarship interview
  • Creating, altering, or corrupting any academic record or documents including unofficial transcripts
  • Falsifying or creating fake data for research
  • Engaging in financial or non-financial trading of or dealings related to exchanging, buying, or selling academic material, such as assignments, projects, and reports (contract cheating)
  • Knowingly aiding and abetting in any level 5 offense
  • Repeated level 4 offense

Possible sanctions:

  • Expulsion