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Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Dishonesty

What sanctions are available for instructors to assign?

At the course level, instructors can assign anything up to and including course failure, and may also recommend the Unforgivable F (UF) or course failure with exclusion from further participation.

Instructors who wish to consider other sanctions should discuss with the Office of Academic Integrity prior to completing the Academic Dishonesty Reporting Form.

Can an instructor consult with their chair prior to assigning a sanction in cases of academic dishonesty?

Yes, and such communication is encouraged to help begin normalizing how sanctions are assigned across the institution.

If an instructor notifies a student of being charged with academic dishonesty and the student requests a meeting, must the instructor grant the meeting?

Yes. Under the WVU Policy on Student Academic Integrity, instructors must provide the student with an opportunity to meet and discuss the allegation.

Can instructors request information about a student’s prior history of academic misconduct prior to assigning a sanction?

No. Instructors should make decisions about the sanction imposed based upon the evidence they have and the circumstances particular to the course in which it occurred. Even when the instructor knows that the student has a prior academic dishonesty violation, the course-level sanction assigned should be commensurate to the offense. Disciplinary sanctions to address repeated misconduct will be assigned by the Office of Academic Integrity.

Can Appeal Reviewers modify the instructor’s sanction?

Yes. Appeal Reviewers can decrease the severity of a sanction or dismiss a sanction entirely. However, they cannot increase the severity of a sanction.

Are programs or appeal reviewers informed when students are sanctioned for academic dishonesty (or when any appeals are dismissed)?

Yes. Individuals with a legitimate educational interest in such information - e.g., department chairs, appeal reviewers, and academic administrators within the student's major college - may be notified when a student is charged and sanctioned for academic misconduct. The timing of notification will vary based on the individual to be notified and the nature of the allegations.

Prior to filing an appeal of a course-related penalty in a course taught by a graduate teaching assistant, who should the student meet with to try to resolve the situation?

Students should check their syllabus or ask their instructor for guidance. In many cases, students should address their concerns with both their instructor and the course coordinator before deciding about filing a formal appeal.