If your instructor suspects you of academic misconduct, she or he will request to meet with you as the beginning of the investigation process.  During this meeting, your instructor will explain why she or he believes you may have committed academic misconduct and will share the evidence they have.  They will then give you time during the meeting to respond and provide your perspective on the matter.

If your instructor concludes that no misconduct occurred or that no penalty is warranted, this meeting will end the matter.  If after this investigatory meeting they conclude that you are responsible and that a penalty is warranted, she or he will provide you with a letter detailing your sanction.

Possible Sanctions

Sanctions are intended to address the inappropriate behavior in a constructive, developmental, and educational manner. Sanctions hold students accountable for behaviors which violate university policies. Criteria for assigning sanctions are determined by several factors: the severity of the misconduct, the nature of the incident, and the student's prior conduct record.

The following 10 sanctions are permitted under UWS Chapter 14: 

  • An oral reprimand;
  • A written reprimand presented only to the student;
  • An assignment to repeat the work, to be graded on its merits;
  • A lower or failing grade on the particular assignment or test;
  • A lower grade in the course;
  • A failing grade in the course;
  • Removal of the student from the course in progress;
  • A written reprimand to be included in the student’s disciplinary file;
  • Disciplinary probation; or
  • Suspension or expulsion from the university