Clear & Convincing Evidence = It is substantially more likely than not that the infraction occurred.
Sanctions assigned by the Honor System are intended to address specific violations. In some cases, however, the assignment of a sanction may result in the lowering of the accused’s cumulative grade point average, the accused’s loss of a graduate assistantship, or the accused’s dismissal from further enrollment in a program.
Although the Honor System can consider and assign other sanctions, the recommended sanction for a student’s first violation is an ‘F’ for an assigned course grade.
The recommended sanction for a subsequent determination of an honors violation is Suspension for at least three semesters.
Any student found guilty of an Honor System violation shall be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
Honor Probation is a written warning that indicates that a subsequent determination of an honors violation may result in a sanction of Suspension and/or Expulsion.
Other Relevant Sanction
The Honor Council may assign other relevant sanctions, including, but not limited to, restitution, community service, special projects, and special educational requirements. A student who fails to complete these sanctions, fails to provide documentation of completion of the sanctions, or who commits an honor violation while completing these sanctions, shall be required to appear before an Honor Council. At that time, the student shall be considered under the recommendation for a subsequent violation.
Assignment of Grade on a Test/Paper/Assignment
A grade of “0” can be assigned for a test/paper/assignment. The grade shall be factored into the course grade.
Assignment of Course Grade
A course grade of ‘F’ can be assigned for the course in which the accused committed the violation. Grades assigned by the Honor System may not be voided by withdrawal from a course, withdrawal from the University, by use of the Repeat Course Option, or through the Grade Appeal Procedure. A transcript notation shall be placed for this sanction. This sanction is a University disciplinary action that may be reported to external agencies upon request.
Suspension is a separation from the University for a specified period of time, not to exceed two years. After the suspension has been served, a student may be permitted to resume classes. A transcript notation shall be placed for this sanction. This sanction is a University disciplinary action that may be reported to external agencies upon request.
Expulsion is a separation from the University for an unspecified period of time. After five years, a student who has been expelled may petition the Honor Council for permission to make application for readmission to the University. An expelled student who is permitted to apply shall meet all other University admission requirements and will be judged competitively with other applicants. A transcript notation shall be placed for this sanction. This sanction is a University disciplinary action that may be reported to external agencies upon request.
When a violation invalidates a major piece of work required for a degree, then the sanction may include a recommendation to the University President for rejection of a thesis or dissertation or revocation of a degree
or certificate. A transcript notation shall be placed for this sanction. This sanction is a University disciplinary action that will be reported to external agencies upon request.