Academic Misconduct Sanctions

When a student is found responsible for academic misconduct the sanctions that can be applied are outlined in UWS 14 and divided into three groups. Group A and Group B sanctions are determined by the instructor. Group C is determined by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (OSCCS).



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

Sanctions in Group C require a higher level of proof than Group A and B. OSCCS must find the evidence of misconduct to be clear and convincing. Group C sanctions are considered for egregious acts of misconduct, second offenses for undergraduate students, and first offenses for graduate/professional school students.