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Sanctioning Guidance

This page is intended to support faculty in navigating academic misconduct outcomes and to promote consistency across the institution. The student conduct process is intended to be educational and when possible it is productive for the alleged misconduct to be treated as a learning opportunity. The range of outcomes related to each type of violation are suggestions and must be weighed alongside the need for fairness, a consideration for what the student has learned throughout the process including his or her acceptance of responsibility for any intentional or unintentional policy violations as well as the importance of academic integrity to our courses and degrees.

Some categories of academic dishonesty may include behaviors that are unintentional and are a part of the natural progression of mastering content. For example, within both plagiarism and collaboration students may violate the Student Code of Conduct while engaging in a learning process, which may be a necessary step, as is the case for some instances of patchwriting (Howard 1995).

Boise State policy allows faculty the autonomy to determine the severity of the choices students have made within their courses. It is extremely important to document and enforce appropriate consequences to protect against repeated and/or widespread misconduct as well as to protect the value of our degrees.  Repeated violations result in an Academic Sanctioning Hearing, the outcomes of which may range from educational to suspension or expulsion.

Intentionality is sometimes hard to discern, however, in situations where the intention to commit an act of misconduct is clear, the recommended sanction is an “F” in the course. In situations where the intentional act is relatively minor or the student has unintentionally violated the code, the recommended sanctions include sanctions of a zero on the assignment with or without the opportunity to redo the assignment either for partial or full credit, along with an educational sanction to support student learning and reduce the possibility that the student will unintentionally violate the code in the future.  All outcomes must also be in accordance with any statements published in the course syllabus.

Keep in mind that there are two categories of academic misconduct, academic negligence is most appropriate when the act is both unintentional and minor.

Works Cited

Howard, Rebecca Moore. “Plagiarisms, Authorships, and the Academic Death Penalty.” College English 57.7 (November 1995): 708-36.