Types of Violations

All violations of the AUC Integrity Code threaten individual and institutional integrity. The University has identified three classes of violations together with their corresponding procedures and penalties: Class A, Class B and Class C violations.

Class A

These are the most severe violations, and are those that highly threaten individual welfare, careers, or institutional integrity, are regarded as Class A violations of the University’s Code of Academic Integrity. In its most severe form, Class A violations can result in permanent expulsion from the university, restitution of damages (to include legal fees) and possible criminal or civil prosecution. In its mildest form, a Class A violation can result in suspension of the student for not less than one year with loss of all privileges including campus and library visitation during the suspension; and readmittance with no scholarships and after completing a short workshop on academic integrity offered twice a year at the university. The workshop, which must be completed for a student is allowed to re-enroll, would be taken at the student’s expense. (click here for a range of specific examples of Class A violations and the possible penalties)

Class B

Though serious enough violations to warrant action by Academic Integrity Committee, first-time offenders face a range of sanctions from suspension from the university of up to one full academic year; some form of community service up to 120 hours; restitution, if required; reduction of allowable credit for specified semesters following the semester in which academic dishonesty occurred or was uncovered; and social probation. In all cases, if a student is found to have committed academic dishonesty he or she is no longer eligible for any tuition break or scholarship for the remainder of their undergraduate career at AUC, and continuation at the university is contingent on successfully passing a short workshop on academic integrity offered twice yearly. The workshop would be taken at the student’s expense. If a student commits two Class B violations while at AUC, the student shall be deemed to have committed a Class A violation. (click here for a range of specific examples of Class B violations and the possible penalties)

Class C

The University recognizes that the teaching faculty has the final say in grading policy and in judging what is proper student conduct in his or her class. The University also recognizes the important role the teaching faculty plays in encouraging and enforcing academic integrity. Class C violations are those of a minor nature that call for disciplinary actions by the faculty and/or department and may not involve Academic Integrity Committee. Penalties could be warning, reduction of grade, referral to chair; referral to writing center; removal from the major; disenrollment from class; and referral to Academic Integrity Committee for repeated offenses. (click here for a range of specific examples of Class C violations and the possible penalties)

All faculty are required to report all Class A and Class B violations to their department chairs and the Academic Integrity Committee at the earliest opportunity after the violation has been uncovered, preferably before the end of the semester.