Sanctions and Violations

Sanction

Penalty for disobeying a law or rule

Violation

Act of doing something that is not allowed by a law or rule

Sanctions and Violations

Sanctions

SANCTIONS include:

  • Reduction or no credit given
  • A make-up assignment at a more difficult level
  • Required attendance in a non-credit workshop or seminar on ethics
  • Failing grade for the assignment
  • Failing grade for the course, which may be an F or FF on the internal transcript
  • Suspension from the university for one semester
  • Permanent academic dismissal from the University with the designation of “Dismissed for Academic Dishonesty” to be placed permanently on a student’s external transcript
  • More serious violations of academic integrity may be referred to the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities as a student conduct violation.
  • - USF REGULATION 3.027

Grade Assignment

What can happen if I am charged with academic dishonesty?:

Grade Assignment

  • An “FF” grade assigned to indicate academic dishonesty is reflected only on internal records and prevents the student from repeating the course using the Grade Forgiveness Policy. Students with any “FF” grade on record will not be eligible for honors at graduation.
  • If a student who has been accused of academic dishonesty drops the course, the student’s registration in the course will be reinstated until the issue is resolved.
  • Any assigned grade may be changed to an FF, F, or other grade depending on the instructor’s decision or the ultimate resolution of an academic grievance procedure. This includes any instance of academic dishonesty that is not detected by the instructor until after the student has dropped or completed the course.
  • Notification to the student of the F or FF grade for academic dishonesty and the option of appeal concerning the alleged academic dishonesty shall be the responsibility of the instructor and/or department chair. (See Student Academic Grievance Procedures.)
  • Notice that a student has been dismissed for reasons of academic dishonesty will be reflected on the student’s transcript with the formal notation: Dismissed for Academic Dishonesty.
  • More serious violations of academic integrity may be referred to the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities as a student conduct violation.

Academic Policies and Procedures
- USF Undergraduate Catalog

Multiple Violations

Multiple Violations:

  • For the first FF recorded in an undergraduate student’s USF academic record, the student will receive a letter from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies informing him or her of being placed on “Academic Dishonesty Warning” for the remainder of enrollment at USF and of appeal rights for the FF grade.
  • For the second FF recorded, the undergraduate student will be suspended for one full semester and readmitted only after writing a clear statement indicating remorse, understanding of the seriousness of the offense, and understanding of the importance of integrity in all areas, including academic work. A letter informing him or her of this action and appeal rights will be sent from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
  • For the third FF recorded, the undergraduate student will be permanently dismissed from the university for violations of academic integrity and with notice of that dismissal as a part of the formal record and transcript.
  • The maximum penalty for receipt of any FF grade may be permanent dismissal from the university for violations of academic integrity may be referred to the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities as a student conduct violation.

Academic Policies and Procedures
- USF Undergraduate Catalog

Level One Violations

NOTE: These policies apply to undergraduate students, even if taking graduate coursework.

Violations for undergraduate students at the University of South Florida are classified into four levels according to the nature of the infraction. For each level of violation a corresponding set of sanctions is recommended, however, specific academic programs may include additional and different sanctions. These sanctions are intended as general guidelines for the academic community with examples cited below for each level of violation. These examples are not to be considered all-inclusive.

It is recommended that the instructor forward a concise written statement describing the academic dishonesty of an incident with its particulars to the Undergraduate Dean’s Office for violations in Levels Two through Four. These records will be maintained until graduation or until they are of no further administrative value. This will enable better handling of multiple violations.

Level One Violations

Level One violations may occur because of inexperience or lack of knowledge of principles of academic integrity on the part of persons committing the violation. These violations address incidents when intent is questionable and are likely to involve a small fraction of the total course work, are not extensive, and/or occur on a minor assignment. The following are examples:

  1. Working with another student on a laboratory or other homework assignment when such work is prohibited.
  2. Failure to footnote or give proper acknowledgment in an extremely limited section of an assignment.

Recommended sanctions for Level One violations are listed below:

  • Reduction or no credit given for the original assignment.
  • An assigned paper or research project on a relevant topic.
  • A make-up assignment at a more difficult level than the original assignment.
  • Required attendance in a non-credit workshop or seminar on ethics or related subjects.

Academic Policies and Procedures
- USF Undergraduate Catalog

Level Two Violations

Level Two Violations

Level Two violations are characterized by dishonesty of a more serious character or that which affects a more significant aspect or portion of the course work. The following are examples:

  1. Quoting directly or paraphrasing, to a moderate extent, without acknowledging the source.
  2. Submitting the same work or major portions thereof to satisfy the requirements of more than one course without permission from the instructor.
  3. Using data or interpretative material for a laboratory report without acknowledging the sources or the collaborators. All contributors to preparation of data and/or to writing the report must be named.
  4. Receiving assistance from others, such as research, statistical, computer programming, or field data collection help that constitutes an essential element in the undertaking without acknowledging such assistance in a paper, examination or project.

Recommended sanctions for Level Two violations are listed below:

  • Failing grade for the assignment involved with the grade in the course determined in the normal manner.
  • Failing grade for the course, which may be an F or FF on the internal transcript.

Academic Policies and Procedures
- USF Undergraduate Catalog

Level Three Violations

Level Three Violations

Level Three violations are those that go beyond Level One or Two violations and that affect a major or essential portion of work done to meet course requirements, or involve premeditation, or are preceded by one or more violations at Levels One and/or Two. Examples include:

  1. Copying on examinations.
  2. Plagiarizing major portions of a written assignment.
  3. Acting to facilitate copying during an exam.
  4. Using prohibited materials, e.g., books, notes, or calculators during an examination.
  5. Collaborating before an exam to develop methods of exchanging information and implementation thereof.
  6. Altering examinations for the purposes of regrading.
  7. Acquiring or distributing an examination from unauthorized sources prior to the examination.
  8. Presenting the work of another as one’s own.
  9. Using purchased term paper or other materials.
  10. Removing posted or reserved material, or preventing other students from having access to it.
  11. Fabricating data by inventing or deliberately altering material (this includes citing “sources” that are not, in fact, sources.
  12. Using unethical or improper means of acquiring data.

Recommended sanctions for Level Three violations are listed below:

  • Failing grade for the course with a designation of FF on student’s internal transcript.
  • Possible suspension from the university for one semester.

Academic Policies and Procedures
- USF Undergraduate Catalog

Level Four Violations

Level Four Violations

Level Four violations represent the most serious breaches of intellectual honesty.

Examples of Level Four violations include:

  1. All academic infractions committed after return from suspension for a previous academic honesty violation.
  2. Infractions of academic honesty in ways similar to criminal activity (such as forging a grade form, stealing an examination from a professor or from a university office; buying an examination; or falsifying a transcript to secure entry into the University or change the record of work done at the University).
  3. Having a substitute take an examination or taking an examination for someone else.
  4. Fabrication of evidence, falsification of data, quoting directly or paraphrasing without acknowledging the source, and/or presenting the ideas of another as one’s own in a senior thesis, within a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, in scholarly articles submitted to refereed journals, or in other work represented as one’s own as a graduate student.
  5. Sabotaging another student’s work through actions designed to prevent the student from successfully completing an assignment.
  6. Willful violation of a canon of the ethical code of the profession for which a student is preparing, including violations of the professional/ethical standards in clinical or field-based programs.

Recommended sanctions for Level Four violations are listed below:

  • The typical sanction for all Level Four violations is permanent academic dismissal from the University with the designation of “Dismissed for Academic Dishonesty” to be placed permanently on a student’s external transcript.

Academic Policies and Procedures
- USF Undergraduate Catalog

Glossary

All-inclusive
involving all or everything.
Alleged
declared or considered as.
Altering
to make different or modify.
Breaches
infraction or violation of a law or rule.
Canon (of ethical code)
a rule or standard.
Deliberately
purposefully or with careful consideration.
Dissertation
an essay or thesis written by a doctoral candidate.
Fabrication
an invention or lie.
Falsification
to make false or incorrect.
Falsifying
to change or make false.
Formal notation
official note or mark.
Grievance
an official statement of complaint over something believed to be wrong.
Infraction
a violation of a law, agreement, or set of rules.
Premeditation
thinking beforehand about doing an act.
Principles
rules of conduct.
Prohibited
absolutely not allowed.
Readmitted
allowed to enter again.
Refereed journals
Journals reviewed by other scholars during drafts, prior to actual publication.
Reinstated
Put back as was.
Remorse
sorrow or guilt for an act.
Resolution
an answer or solution to something.
Sabotaging
to destroy or damage (something) on purpose.
Sanctions
punishments.
Scholarly articles
papers or articles written by well-known or reviewed researchers or professors.
Suspended
a student limited from participation in an institution
Suspension
to limit a student’s participation in an institution until such a time as determined.
Thesis
a lengthy paper or project on which one has done one’s own extensive research.
Transcript
an official report showing coursework and grades.
Unauthorized
not having permission.
Unethical
not in line with rules or right conduct.
Violations
going against a rule or promise.
Willful violation
knowingly going against a rule or promise.