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Academic Integrity Violation Rubric

When incidents are managed through the Academic Dishonesty Conduct Process, the following rubric will be utilized to determine appropriate University-level sanctions. A student may receive a maximum score of 100 in each section.

Instructors may also adapt this rubric to help determine appropriate sanctions at the course level.

Criteria #1

Incidents will be scored based on the nature of the alleged violation. In cases where multiple violations have occurred (e.g., a student plagiarizes on the essay portion of a take-home exam, but also works with friends to complete the assessment), the most serious violation will be scored.

Violation Points Assigned
Self-Plagiarism 30
Plagiarism (Similarity Percentage of ≤ 15%) 30
Plagiarism (Similarity Percentage of 16 - 75%) 60
Plagiarism (Similarity Percentage of ≥ 76%) 100
Contract Cheating 100
Unauthorized Collaboration 30
Depending on Aid 60
Giving or Receiving Aid 60
Acquisition of Resources 100
Fabrication & Falsification (General) 60
Fabrication & Falsification (Attendance) 60
Wrongful Fabrication/Alteration 100
Fraudulent Use of Documents 100
Furnishing False Statements 100
Compelling 100
Engaging in Prohibited Behavior Variable
Violating Other Standards Variable

Criteria #2

Incidents will be scored based on the weight of the assessment, relative to total course points.

Weight of Assessment Points Assigned
≤ 30% 30
31 - 70% 70
≥ 71% 100
Capstone/Clinical/Practical 100

Criteria #3

Incidents will be scored based on the accused student's violation history. On a student's first or second violation, when multiple compromised assignments are reported at one time, an additional 15 points will be added.

Violation History Points Assigned
1 st Violation 30
2 nd Violation 60
3 rd (+) Violation 100
More than 1 Violation Reported (for 1 st/2 nd Violation) 15

Criteria #4

Incidents will be scored based on the accused student's earned credit hours (for undergraduate) or level of degree program (for graduate).

Student Rank Points Assigned
Freshman (1 - 29 Earned Credit Hours) 0
Sophomomore (30 - 59 Earned Credit Hours) 15
Junior (60 - 89 Earned Credit Hours) 30
Senior (90 or More Earned Credit Hours) 45
Masters 60
Doctoral/Professional 100

Criteria #5

Incidents will be scored based on aggravating factors, examples of which are included below. While a given incident may have more than 2 aggravating factors, each incident may only accrue a maximum of 100 points in this category.

Aggravating Factors Points Assigned
Prior Significant Education 50
Collusion 50
Unacceptable Use of Technology 50
Concealment 50
Other 50

Recommended Sanction

Warning 0 - 120
Probation/Deferred Suspension 121 - 200
Suspension 201 - 350
Expulsion 351 - 500

Credit: These sanctioning guidelines are adapted from the University of California, San Diego.