The Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Idaho State University's policies on cheating, plagarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, in addition to their consequences are stated in the ISU Student Conduct Code:

a. Any penalty imposed for academic dishonesty shall be in proportion to the severity of the offence.
b. Penalties that may be imposed by the instructor are:

  1. Warning: The instructor indicates to the student that further academic dishonesty will result in other sanctions being imposed.
  2. Resubmission of work: The instructor may require that the work in question be redone to conform to proper academic standards or may require that a new project be submitted. The instructor may specify additional requirements.
  3. Grade Reduction: The instructor may lower a student's grade or assign 'F' for a test, project, or other academic work.
  4. Failing: The instructor my assign 'F' for the course.
  5. Failing with notation: The instructor may assign 'F' for the course and instruct the Registrar to place notation indicating academic dishonesty on the student's permanent transcript.

c. Penalties that may be imposed at the University level are:

  1. Suspension from the University: This is the administrative withdrawal of the offending student by the University. The student is suspended for a length of time, determined by the University, which may depend upon the circumstances that led to the sanction.
  2. Expulsion from the University: This is the most severe penalty for academic dishonesty and may be imposed by the University for extreme or multiple acts of academic dishonesty. Once expelled, the student is not eligible for readmission to the University.

d. Combinations of penalties may be imposed.

e. Withdrawal from a course does not exempt a student from penalties for academic dishonesty.1

Often academic dishonesty is unintentional but the consequences are still the same. Be aware of what is written and used in research material and give proper credit for all sources.

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