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FAQs for Students

Where can students learn what to expect if they are accused of academic dishonesty, or if they are asked to serve as a witness in a case of suspected academic misconduct?

Resources for students, including information related to the resolution of academic misconduct, are available on the Office of Academic Integrity website.

Where can undergraduate students find information about procedures for probation, suspension, and dismissal based on GPA?

All information related to probation, suspension, and dismissal of undergraduate students based on GPA is available via the Undergraduate Catalog.

What should a student expect during a grade appeal?

Before appealing a final grade, students are encouraged (but not required) to contact the individual who reported the final grade to express their concerns and attempt to resolve the issue. However, if the student chooses not to do so or is not satisfied with the outcome, they may initiate a formal appeal.

Grade appeals occur at two levels, and must be submitted to the appropriate reviewer or reviewing body in writing. More information, including timelines, is available via the detailed appeal procedures page.

What should a student expect during an appeal of an academic penalty (other than a final grade, and not based on academic dishonesty)?

Before appealing an academic penalty, students are encouraged (but not required) to contact the individual or committee that imposed the penalty to express their concerns and attempt to resolve the issue. However, if the student chooses not to do so or is not satisfied with the outcome, they may initiate a formal appeal.

Appeals related to academic penalties occur at two levels, with a third level of appeal available for program dismissal. Appeals must be submitted to the appropriate reviewer or reviewing body in writing. More information, including timelines, is available via the detailed appeal procedures page

Can appeal reviewers modify sanctions or penalties imposed by an instructor or committee?

Yes. Appeal reviewers can decrease the severity of a sanction/penalty or dismiss it entirely. However, they cannot increase the severity of a sanction or penalty.