Student Processes

Reporting a Violation
All members of the AUC community are asked to use the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) online reporting form when submitting an academic integrity violation. The form, found here, will automatically notify the Office of Academic Integrity when a case has been submitted. You will be able to submit digital evidence through the online report form.
Faculty are asked to inform both the department chair and the student that a report is being filed as well as provide copies of the submitted evidence to the student.
Email if you have any reporting questions.

Disciplinary Procedures
Violations of the AUC Code of Academic Ethics will result in cases being filed with the AIC. The AIC meets regularly throughout the semester to hear reported violations. Students will be notified via email of the reported violation. At the discretion of the AIC, first violation cheating or plagiarism cases may be offered the opportunity to plead guilty. This option will only be offered to students who are accused of committing solitary violations. Students will be informed of this option either at the time of notification of a case or through a separate communication. If it is felt that a meeting with the student is necessary, or if a student is accused of a violation outside of the possible plea categories, they will be notified of their appointment time and place. Emails are sent to the email address on record. Students are responsible for keeping their records on Banner up to date. Students who fail to attend their scheduled appointment will have their cases decided in their absence based on the available information. The student will be informed via email once the AIC makes its decision. It is important to note that the decision will be shared with those of a need to know.

Possible Sanctions and Penalties
There is a wide range of sanctions for each class of violations from which the Academic Integrity Committee can choose on a case-by-case basis. The University has identified three classes of violations and the corresponding sanctions for each type. Possible sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • Permanent expulsion

  • Loss of scholarships, financial aid

  • Suspension of one to two years

  • Academic integrity class required

  • Referral to authorities outside AUC for prosecution

  • Restitution, including legal fees

  • Social probation

  • Reduction of credit hours allowed during next semester

  • Suspension up to one year

  • Service to AUC community up to 120 hours

  • And other possible sanctions or penalties


Once a case is decided, the decision is typically final. Appeals will only be considered in the face of new evidence. If a student is appealing on the grounds of new evidence, the student must submit a written petition that includes:

  1. A summary of the case

  2. The outcome

  3. The reason for the appeal

  4. The new evidence on which the appeal is based

  5. A brief discussion of what you hope the appeal will achieve

Petitions should be signed and dated and submitted in hard copy to the Academic Integrity Office. Students who plead guilty in lieu of a meeting are not eligible for appeal.

Important Note for Students: Should you ever be asked by employers or other institutions (for study abroad or graduate school applications) if you had disciplinary or academic violations, you are required to answer truthfully. Failure to do so is considered a fabrication of application and could result in dismissal if the truth is ever discovered.