Academic Misconduct Sanctions

When a student is found responsible for academic misconduct, there are a wide variety of sanctions that can be applied. These sanctions are outlined by UWS Ch. 14, which are divided into three groups. Two of which include sanctions that are determined by the instructor and directly relate to the individual course. The third group is determined by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (OSCCS). This group of sanctions has a different set of standards and go beyond the scope of the individual class.


Sanctions in Group A and B have a level of proof of more likely than not. This means that the instructor believes that it is more likely than not that the misconduct occurred. Sanctions in these groups are up to the discretion of the instructor, but faculty should check with their department to see if there are departmental guidelines. OSCCS is also available to consult with about sanctions.

Sanctions in Group C require a higher level of proof than preponderance. OSCCS must find the evidence of misconduct to be clear and convincing. Probation is a maximum of two semesters. Suspension can be up to 2 years. Group C sanctions are considered for egregious acts of misconduct, second offenses for undergraduate students, and first offenses for graduate/professional school students.