Academic Integrity Policy
As a community of scholars, we uphold academic integrity and our Honor Statement as foundational to appropriate conduct within the university setting. The fundamental trust that work presented as one’s own truly represents one’s own intellect and effort underlies our mission as an educational, research and service institution; moreover, this trust is central to our peers’ recognition of the value of a University of Arkansas degree. Thus, this document represents a deeply-and commonly-held set of values. Because this trust is so essential to the enterprise of the University of Arkansas, this policy has been established to set forth the University’s commitment to academic integrity and to create procedures to address allegations of academic misconduct in a fair and unified manner. This policy includes, but is not limited to, any work occurring online or through any form of distance education for a course, degree or program.
Responsibility for understanding and adhering to the values of academic integrity, including being familiar with and complying with this policy, lies with individual students as members of the University community. The University shall assist students in meeting this responsibility through educational efforts such as training held during both undergraduate and graduate new student orientation, and on-line training modules, and may also include training during program-level orientation and in individual classrooms. The University shall also provide a statement on academic integrity that faculty will be encouraged to include in all course syllabi. Again, however, as developing scholars, students must take the initiative to familiarize themselves with and clarify expectations regarding academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty involves acts that may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational or research process at the University of Arkansas, when such acts have been performed by a UA student. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, any act by which a student gains or attempts to gain an academic advantage for him/herself or another by misrepresenting his/her or another’s work or by interfering with the independent completion, submission, or evaluation of academic work. The unauthorized use of technology to gain this academic advantage is itself an act of academic dishonesty, and each item in the Rubric should be considered to include any electronic means by which this behavior could be accomplished.
Academic dishonesty may include those acts defined as research or scholarly misconduct; such academic integrity issues are subject to review under this policy as well as under the University’s Research and Scholarly Misconduct Policy. Which policy applies to particular allegations is addressed in more detail below; if necessary, the Research Integrity Officer, in consultation with the student’s dean, shall determine which policy is most appropriate for a given case.
“As a core part of its mission, the University of Arkansas provides students with the opportunity to further their educational goals through programs of study and research in an environment that promotes freedom of inquiry and academic responsibility. Accomplishing this mission is only possible when intellectual honesty and individual integrity prevail.”
“Each University of Arkansas student is required to be familiar with and abide by the University’s ‘Academic Integrity Policy’ which may be found at http://provost.uark.edu/. Students with questions about how these policies apply to a particular course or assignment should immediately contact their instructor.”
Housed in the Office of the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, this is the University-level Office tasked with processing academic misconduct cases that are sent forward from the colleges. This Office is responsible for reporting back to the academic colleges, the Provost, and the Faculty Senate, consistent with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), an annual total of cases heard and their outcomes, as well as the general basis for the decisions made. This Office is the repository of all records pertaining to academic integrity cases across campus.
In each college/school, one or more Associate Deans will be designated by the Dean, subject to approval by the Provost, as the Academic Integrity Monitor(s). The Academic Integrity Monitor shall be responsible to conduct an initial review of allegations of academic dishonesty at the college/school level to determine whether there is sufficient evidence of a violation for the matter to be considered by the All-University Academic Integrity Board (Board or AUAIB), as defined below. The Academic Integrity Monitor is the person responsible for determining whether charges will be filed against a student; the Monitor may make such a determination even if the faculty member does not wish to pursue a case. The Academic Integrity Monitor also recommends a sanction to the Board, based on the Sanction Rubric. The Academic Integrity Monitor is the School or College’s liaison to the Board, and will have primary responsibility for presenting a case to the Board when necessary. If the Academic Integrity Monitor determines the evidence is not sufficient for consideration by the Board, the case will be dismissed unless the instructor (with the support of the Department Chair) appeals the Monitor’s determination to the Board.
The Board is responsible for reviewing contested allegations of academic dishonesty and contested sanctions referred by the Academic Integrity Monitor. The Board is responsible for making sure that any finding of responsibility for academic misconduct is supported by a preponderance of the evidence and for imposing sanctions consistent with the Sanction Rubric when a student is found responsible for a violation. The Board is responsible for ensuring that academic integrity sanctions are applied in a consistent manner. Ordinarily, in making its determinations, the Board will not take student intent into account, but instead will focus primarily on the actions of those involved. The Board reviews and makes a determination on all cases in which 1) students are contesting their responsibility (or instructors, with the support of the Department Chair, are contesting findings that students are not responsible) for alleged infractions or 2) students are contesting sanctions. In addition, in cases where the student accepts responsibility and does not contest sanctions, the Board reviews sanctions recommended by the Academic Integrity Monitor and imposes sanctions consistent with the Sanction Rubric. When reviewing cases, the Board may request further information and require participation in a hearing by the instructor and/or students (if deemed appropriate by the Board).
The Board is composed of seven faculty or instructional staff (one from each undergraduate academic college), one faculty representative of the library, one representative of the Graduate School, and two students (one graduate and one undergraduate). In order to facilitate timely review of cases, there will be two such committees constituted each year and each of these committees will meet one time per month during the major terms of each academic year. The committees will elect their own chair. The Director of AII will be an ex officio member of the AUAIB. (Note: The School of Law has its own academic integrity process.) There will also be a pool of trained alternates who can serve on the Board in the event that a member is unable to attend a hearing due to a schedule conflict, illness, conflict of interest, or the like. A third committee, which may be comprised of members of the other two committees, will meet during the summer as needed. Ordinarily, board hearings should consist of at least seven (7) faculty (at least one of which has graduate faculty status) and two (2) students. A quorum for the Board is defined as four (4) faculty representatives and one (1) student.
The complete written record for each case refers to all relevant content submitted by the student as well as a University representative as evidence related to the allegations of academic dishonesty. The complete written record is initially compiled by the Academic Integrity Monitor but subsequently is forwarded to and maintained by, and may be added to, by AI&I.
As the Academic Integrity Policy and Sanction Rubric are faculty-approved University policies, it is expected that all University faculty will comply. If faculty impose sanctions for academic dishonesty without following this policy, the student’s grade will be overturned upon appeal and returned to the grade the student would have received without the sanction.
The Academic Integrity Monitor is responsible for the initial review of all undergraduate cases involving work in courses taken in his/her college. The Academic Integrity Monitor is also responsible for initial review of all cases involving allegations of academic dishonesty in other academic work (with the exception of those cases reviewed under the Research Misconduct Policy), when the faculty member who has oversight responsibility for that student (e.g. major professor, faculty collaborator, honors advisor, advisor) resides within the college. When a student is majoring in a program outside the college in which an academic integrity matter arises, the Academic Integrity Monitor of the other college should be kept informed about the case and its resolution. The Academic Integrity Monitor in the Graduate School is responsible for all cases of alleged academic dishonesty involving graduate students (including, without limitation, all allegations relating to course work or work outside a class), with the exception of those cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the Research Misconduct Policy. For online courses provided through the Global Campus, the Academic Integrity Monitor shall generally be the AIM for the college or school offering the course.
The standard of proof in a case arising under the Academic Integrity Policy shall be the “preponderance of the evidence.” A “preponderance of the evidence” shall mean evidence which is of greater weight or more convincing than evidence to the contrary; evidence which shows that something more likely than not is true.
Following initial compilation by the Academic Integrity Monitor, all records will be kept in AII. A final report summary for each case will be forwarded to the college Academic Integrity Monitor, to the department chair/head, and to the instructor. Annual summary reports (with no details with respect to specific faculty or students) will be reported to the Colleges and to the Faculty Senate.
The Sanction Rubric sets forth the educational consequences associated with various levels of academic misconduct. The Sanction Rubric is approved by the Faculty Senate and applicable to all student academic work at the University of Arkansas. All sanctions will be imposed by the AUAIB.
An undergraduate student is one who is enrolled at the University of Arkansas during the semester of the alleged infraction in a baccalaureate degree program or in an undergraduate non-degree-seeking status. A graduate student is one who has been admitted to the Graduate School and need not be enrolled to be considered a student under this policy. “Student” includes both undergraduate and graduate students who withdraw or graduate after allegedly violating this policy or who are not enrolled for a particular term but have an apparent continuing relationship with the University at the time of the alleged infraction.
“Work for a course” consists of any work undertaken or submitted towards the fulfillment of the requirements of a course (whether graded or not), including, but not limited to, exams, quizzes, papers, essays, homework assignments, artwork, designs, programs, and other projects or assignments.
“Work outside a course” consists of student work, other than work for a course, undertaken or submitted towards the fulfillment of the requirements of a degree or program, including, but not limited to, candidacy or comprehensive exams, dissertations, honors theses, master’s theses, work done for funded research projects, reports submitted to a funding agency or material submitted for publication in a scholarly journal.
Working days shall refer to Monday through Friday, excluding official University holidays or days that the University is closed due to exigent circumstances such as weather. For periods of five days or less, University breaks shall also be excluded.
- Reports of Suspected Academic Dishonesty. When an instructor/department initially suspects that a student has violated the
Academic Integrity Policy, the instructor or another appropriate University official
may discuss the matter with the student and/or with the Academic Integrity Monitor
for the college or school. Should the instructor/department determine that the student
may be responsible for academic dishonesty, the instructor or another appropriate
University official will, within five working days after determining that there is
a potential violation of the Academic Integrity Policy (or as soon as practicable
thereafter), report the case to the Academic Integrity Monitor for the college. In
reporting the case, the instructor/official will submit a completed “Allegation Evidence
Form,” available on the AI&I website, to help ensure that all information necessary
to the consideration of the case is available for review. Dishonesty (or providing
false information) by the student at any point in the academic integrity process may
be considered an additional academic integrity violation and may result in additional
sanctions if the student is found responsible.
- The Academic Integrity Monitor. The Academic Integrity Monitor will review the case and meet with the instructor to gather any relevant information relating to any alleged violations of the Academic Integrity Policy. The Academic Integrity Monitor shall meet separately with the student to notify the student of the alleged violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, discuss the evidence on record, and gather information from the student about the matter. It is important to note students will not be provided with a copy of the complete written record in this meeting. Students must request this record in accordance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Request to Inspect Records’ section of this policy (III.F.). The Monitor will have access to any previous academic integrity-related records for the student from the AI&I and may review pertinent records or speak with other individuals with knowledge about the matter. Information compiled by the Academic Integrity Monitor may be added to the written record. After conducting this review, the Academic Integrity Monitor may proceed as follows:
a. The Academic Integrity Monitor may determine that the evidence of an alleged violation is insufficient to warrant forwarding the case to the Board. In this case, the Academic Integrity Monitor will notify the instructor/Department and student of their determination. The complete written record of the Academic Integrity Monitor’s determination will be forwarded to the AI&I, and a summary of the matter shall be provided to the AUAIB for its information.
i. If the Instructor, with the support of the Department/program chair/head/director, disagrees with the determination of the Academic Integrity Monitor, the instructor’s position shall be reported to the AUAIB for consideration by the Director of AI&I. The AUAIB will determine whether a full hearing is warranted given the information presented.
b. Alternatively, the Academic Integrity Monitor may determine there is sufficient evidence of a violation to forward the matter to the Board for its consideration, in which case the following may occur:
i. The student accepts responsibility for the infraction: In this case, the Academic Integrity Monitor shall inform the student of the potential consequences of the alleged violation(s). The Academic Integrity Monitor completes the file and recommends the appropriate sanction for consideration by the AUAIB consistent with the Sanction Rubric, makes a record of the case that is forwarded to the AI&I and AUAIB, and reports back to the Department/program and instructor.
ii. The student contests responsibility for the infraction: In this case, the Academic Integrity Monitor will forward the case together with the evidence to AI&I and AUAIB. Within five working days from receipt of the Allegation Evidence Form (or as soon thereafter as practicable), a representative from AI&I will contact the student and arrange a meeting during which the process and possible outcomes are explained to the student. As part of the complete written record, the student will be provided with an opportunity to submit a written statement responding to the allegations and explaining why they did not commit the alleged infraction. Ordinarily, the student will not provide a statement pertaining to intent, unless it materially affects the question of whether the student committed a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
iii. The student contests the sanctions: If the student 1) accepts responsibility but disagrees with the Academic Integrity Monitor’s sanction recommendation, or 2) contests responsibility and sanctions, the student will be provided an opportunity to submit a written statement explaining the student’s position on sanctions and proposing alternatives. If the proposed sanction is based on the sanction rubric, the statement must address how the rubric has been applied incorrectly in the student’s case.
3. Standard of Evidence. The standard used in reviewing whether a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred under this policy shall be the preponderance of the evidence.
4 Continued Participation. To the extent practical, during the consideration of a case, the student’s participation in the affected class should continue in order to minimize the impact on the student if they are determined to be not responsible for an alleged infraction. A student is allowed to drop the affected class only in the case of a Level 1 violation, the student does not have any previous academic integrity violations [and the drop occurs before the applicable class drop/withdrawal deadline for the semester].
Cases of alleged academic misconduct occurring outside a course, as defined previously, may be subject to review under this policy as well as under the University’s Research and Scholarly Misconduct Policy. Which policy applies to particular allegations is determined by the Research Integrity Officer and the student’s dean. Except when a matter is determined to be properly considered under the Research and Scholarly Misconduct Policy, rather than this policy, when a supervising faculty member or other appropriate University official determines that a student may be responsible for academic dishonesty in a situation involving work outside a course, the procedures outlined in this policy shall be followed.
- Based on the record filed, including the Allegation Evidence Form, the AUAIB shall
determine responsibility (if necessary) and impose the appropriate sanction. In addition,
with notice to the student, the Board may request additional evidence, require students,
the instructor, or other appropriate University officials to be present at a hearing
and/or refer the matter back to the Academic Integrity Monitor for further consideration.
Ordinarily, a student will meet with the Board only if the Board so requests it, having
already met with the Academic Integrity Monitor and provided their written statement
for the Board. However, if the student is facing a possible sanction of suspension
or expulsion, or loss of a scholarship because the conditions of the scholarship specify
certain ethical conduct, they shall be permitted to meet with the Board and present
witnesses and evidence, if the student desires. If a student is not facing possible
suspension, expulsion or loss of a scholarship, and the student requests a meeting,
the Board shall designate one of its members to meet with the student prior to the
Board’s consideration of the case. If a member meets with the student, the member
shall participate in the Board’s consideration of the alleged infractions. Similarly,
a faculty member who disagrees with the recommendation of the Academic Integrity Monitor
may request a meeting with a member of the board. Again, that Board member shall participate
in the Board’s consideration of the alleged infractions.
- In the case where a student and the instructor or other University official reporting
the alleged infraction are requested to appear at a Board hearing, each must have
at least ten working days’ notice of the hearing, unless both agree to waive this
requirement. If any material is added to the Complete Written Record, the student
shall have at least three business days prior to the Board hearing to review the information.
The student, the instructor or other appropriate University official, and the Academic
Integrity Monitor for the case, who will have primary responsibility to present the
infractions, will attend the Board meeting. Generally these individuals will be the
only persons in attendance, other than the Board and AI&I staff. The Board may question
any of these individuals. The instructor will not ordinarily be asked to make a statement,
but may be asked questions by the Board. The Board shall review the complete record
of the case to determine whether a preponderance of the evidence exists to find a
violation of the Academic Integrity Policy and if so, impose a sanction consistent
with the Rubric. Because the focus of the hearing is generally not on intent, other
witnesses will typically not be called unless the Board determines that the witnesses
can address whether the student committed the alleged infraction.
- When sanctions are imposed, the letter outlining the sanctions will be signed by the Chair on behalf of the Board and by the Director of AI&I and sent to the student and the instructor, with a copy to the Academic Integrity Monitor. The Board shall also require that the student undergo educational remediation.
Students (or the instructor, with the support of the Department Chair) may appeal a determination by the AUAIB to the Provost and Chancellor, but only when the appeals are based on the following grounds: (1) a procedural error occurred; (2) an objective assessment of the evidence under the preponderance of evidence standard does not support a finding of responsibility, (3) new and significant evidence has been identified after the Board hearing and the evidence was unavailable or could not have been obtained prior to the Board hearing; (4) the sanctions are inconsistent with the Sanction Rubric; or (5) that additional sanctions imposed are excessive. To effect an appeal, the student (or instructor/department), within five working days of transmittal of the decision of the AUAIB to the student (or instructor/department), shall request that the Provost and Chancellor review the case, using the “Appeal Form” found on the website of the AI&I. The transmittal of the decision by the AUAIB shall expressly state that the student (or instructor/department) shall have five days to appeal the decision. The Provost and Chancellor shall attempt to review and resolve all appeals within thirty days or as soon as possible thereafter after receiving the Appeal Form. If the Provost and Chancellor determine that a procedural error occurred, that an objective assessment of the evidence does not support a finding of responsibility, that new evidence warrants a rehearing, that an inconsistency in the application of a sanction has occurred, or that additional sanctions are excessive in nature, the Provost and Chancellor may decide the matter or may refer the case back to the same or to another AUAIB for further action. If a new hearing is held, the case may be appealed to the Provost and Chancellor using the procedure outlined above, in which case their determination on the matter shall be final.
The AI&I maintains all records related to allegations of academic misconduct in accordance with federal and state law, and University policy. AI&I academic dishonesty records are deleted seven years from the semester in which the final decision letter is rendered, but any records that involve the accrual of 1.0 or more total sanction points, suspension, or expulsion, are maintained indefinitely
- Students have the right to inspect and review their education records to the extent
those records include information directly related to them. To request review of their
records maintained by AI&I, students must submit a request to inspect their records
to the office in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. AI&I will respond to a request for access within a reasonable time. Arrangements
shall be made for the student to review their records. AI&I reserves the right to
refuse the education records from being removed from the office. AI&I does not allow
unauthorized individuals to inspect educational records, and the records may have
certain information redacted pursuant law.
- AUAIB hearings are audio recorded. Audio records of these hearings will be made available
to applicable students for review in an AI&I staff member’s office. Any audio recording
that is made by the University may be listened to by the responding student but not
Provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), govern access to a student’s records maintained by AI&I. The AI&I’s student information and records are available to University officials or offices within a “legitimate educational interest” under FERPA. In absence of health or safety emergency, disclosure of student information to third parties outside the University (including, but not limited to, inquiries from employers, government agencies, news media, family, friends, or police agencies), except University contracts with a legitimate educational interest, generally requires appropriate written permission from the student. A student can grant permission to any third party by completing the FERPA Release Form. This form may be obtained from AI&I. An exception to the foregoing is that which must be released pursuant to a lawfully issued subpoena or court order, and as otherwise required by law.
- A hold may be placed on a student’s account if a student fails to complete assigned
sanctions. This hold prohibits the student from registering for classes. The hold
will not be removed until all sanctions are successfully completed.
- A hold shall be placed on the student’s account if they are suspended as the outcome
of an academic dishonesty disciplinary proceeding. This hold prohibits the student
from registering for classes until the suspension period is over, all terms of the
suspension have been met, and the student has reapplied and has been readmitted.
- A hold shall be placed on the student’s account if the student is expelled, and this
hold prohibits the student from enrolling at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville,
Records of suspension and expulsion due to academic misconduct will be noted on the student’s transcript. Designations of “Suspension” are recorded on the transcript during the period of suspension. The academic misconduct “Suspension” will be removed only when a student has fulfilled the conditions of re-enrollment. If a student has been expelled, the ‘Expulsion’” designation remains on the transcript indefinitely.
Particular circumstances in an individual case may dictate variation from the procedures set out in this policy in order to ensure fair and efficient consideration of the matter. Any change in the procedures must ensure fair treatment of the student. Any major deviations from the procedures described in this policy shall be made only with the written approval of the Provost.
The following violation levels are assigned to specific types of violations of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy; if a violation of academic integrity principles occurs which is not specifically provided for below, then any sanctions will be based on the most similar type of violation that exists in the rubric. A violation will be considered as a single violation up until the point that a student receives notice of that violation; additional infractions occurring after that point will be considered separately for purposes of this rubric. If assignment of a sanction requires the Board to interpret the sanction rubric, the Board shall provide a rationale for its determination and application of the particular sanction(s). General guidance on substantial issues of interpretation of the sanction rubric shall be provided by the Provost/Vice Chancellor
A student receives the assigned number of sanction points for each violation for which they are found responsible. Sanction points are cumulative over the length of the student’s tenure at the University of Arkansas.
- For plagiarism/copying in work done for a course, if the plagiarized/copied material constitutes less than 10% of the assignment (first offense only).
- Collaboration on any assignment constituting less than 10% of the assignment when instructed to work independently (first offense only).
- Using or possessing any materials or resources that are not authorized by the instructor in completing any assignment having a value of less than 10% of the course grade (first offense only).
Note: The percentage of an assignment shall be based on the content in question’s overall impact on the grade, or the content in question compared to the overall content submitted. This determination will be made in consultation with the instructor for the course, with consideration as to what would be most appropriate under the circumstances.
Note: A level zero violation is not available for a quiz or exam.
- Copying from or viewing another student’s work during a quiz/examination.
- Using or possessing any materials or resources that are not authorized by the instructor for use during a quiz or examination, or in completing any assignment having a value equal to or greater than 10% of the course grade.
- Collaborating during a quiz or an examination with any other person by giving or receiving information without specific permission of the instructor.
- Attempting to, facilitating and/or aiding in any act of academic dishonesty.
- Submitting, without specific permission of the instructor, work that has been previously offered by the same student in another course or a previous offering of the same course.
- Falsification of attendance and/or participation for any academic activity. Examples include, but are not limited to, attending class, participating in a graded activity during class, or completing internship/clinical hours.
- Submitting as one’s own any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer program, speech, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other written or creative work or project of any nature prepared totally or in large measure by another person or entity/plagiarizing, in work completed for a class assignment, when that copying/plagiarizing constitutes less than 10% of the assignment and is a second offense, or when that copying/plagiarizing constitutes 10% or more of the assignment. Submitting as one’s own work or plagiarizing is the offering as one’s own work, the words, ideas, or arguments of another person or entity or using the work of another without appropriate attribution by quotation, reference, or footnote. This includes work generated by artificial intelligence. Plagiarism occurs both when the words of another person or entity (in print, electronic, or any other medium) are reproduced without acknowledgement and when the ideas or arguments of another person or entity are paraphrased in such a way as to lead the reader to believe that they originated with the writer. It is not sufficient to provide a citation if the words of another have been reproduced – this also requires quotation marks. It is the responsibility of all University students to understand the methods of proper attribution and to apply those principles in all materials submitted.
- Providing false information, or withholding pertinent or applicable information, which could result in gaining an academic advantage.
- Substituting for another person or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself for a graded activity (i.e., attendance, quiz, or assignment), having a value of 10% or less of the course grade.
- Collaboration on any assignment constituting more than 10% of the assignment when instructed to work independently.
- Obtaining or providing information about an examination not yet administered (or attempting to do as such).
- Substituting for another person or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself for a graded activity (i.e., examination or assignment) having a value of more than 10% of the course grade.
- Attempting to engage in any behavior associated with contract cheating (e.g. buying, selling, obtaining, or providing work submitted for academic credit)
- Submitting as one’s own any work prepared totally or in large measure by another OR plagiarizing, in work submitted for degree requirements other than course work (e.g. honors thesis, master’s thesis, master’s comprehensive exam, doctoral qualifying exam, doctoral candidacy exam, doctoral dissertation), that is, the offering as one’s own work, the words, ideas, or arguments of another person or entity (e.g. artificial intelligence), or using the work of another, without appropriate attribution by quotation, reference, or footnote. Plagiarism occurs both when the words of another (in print, electronic, or any other medium) are reproduced without acknowledgement and when the ideas or arguments of another are paraphrased in such a way as to lead the reader to believe that they originated with the writer. It is not sufficient to provide a citation if the words of another person or entity have been reproduced – this also requires quotation marks. It is the responsibility of all University students to understand the methods of proper attribution and to apply those principles in all materials submitted.
- Submitting altered or falsified data (in work completed for a class assignment).
1.5 sanction points for each violation
- Buying, selling, obtaining or providing academic work to be used for the purpose of contract cheating, or participating in such behavior.
- Falsifying, altering, or signing another person’s name on an academically-related University form or document in work for a course (e.g. form documenting completion of internship hours).
- Altering grades or official records.
- Falsifying, altering, or signing another person’s name on any academically-related University form or document for work outside of a course.
- Sabotaging another student’s work.
- Submitting altered or falsified data (for work submitted for requirements outside of the classroom (e.g. honor’s thesis; master’s thesis; doctoral dissertation; candidacy exam; qualifying exam; dissertation defense).
- Also applies to the third Level Two violation (would apply 3.0 sanction points instead of 2.0 sanction points).
Sanction points = 0.0: Student will be issued a letter of reprimand and will be required to complete an asynchronous online module on academic integrity to be administered by AI&I. This educational sanction must be completed within 30 days of the final decision letter being rendered. A student may only receive this sanction for a first offense.
Sanction points = 0.5: For work for a course, the instructor shall give the test or an assignment an immediate zero (0) which shall then be averaged into the course grade. If the violation occurred on work outside of a course, the faculty member will require that the work be redone. If that involves missing a stated deadline, the stated late penalty will apply.
Sanction points = 1.0: The student will receive a course grade of XF for work done for a course; for work outside a course, the student will receive a failure on the project (e.g., on the candidacy exam).
For infractions involving point levels of 1.5 and above, the course grade/project failure sanction (XF) will apply in addition to suspension or expulsion. In the event of a suspension, the student will be allowed to complete the current semester of enrollment.
Sanction points = 1.5: The student will be suspended from the university for one major semester (Spring or Fall) and all contiguous summer and intersessions from the close of the term which resulted in the suspension.
Sanction points = 2.0: The student will be suspended from the university for two major semesters and all contiguous summer and intersessions from the close of the term which resulted in the suspension.
Sanction points = 2.5: The student will be suspended from the university for three major semesters and all contiguous summer and intersessions from the close of the term which resulted in the suspension.
Sanction points = 3.0 or more: The student will be immediately and permanently expelled.
Note: For offenses not specifically mentioned in this rubric, faculty members may confer with the Academic Integrity Monitor and propose a description of the offense and the level of sanction to be included in the faculty member’s syllabus. The proposed description and sanctions will be forwarded to the Academic Integrity Monitor to review the proposed offense and sanction for consistency with existing offenses and sanctions. If a faculty member and Academic Integrity Monitor disagree over a particular offense or sanction, the matter may be discussed with the relevant dean and /or the AUAIB, but must be reported to the AUAIB. In the event of a conflict between a syllabus and the Academic Integrity Policy or this rubric, the policy and rubric shall take precedence.
Note: For Level One and Two violations the AUAIB shall impose additional educational sanctions appropriate to the infraction, including, but not limited to, requiring the student to complete additional learning activities regarding academic dishonesty, withdrawal of transcripts or publications, or taking other steps to remedy violations. On appeal, the Provost and Chancellor may also impose additional educational sanctions.
After one year of acceptable performance at the University following the imposition of penalty, with no student conduct or academic dishonesty infractions, the student may request that the X be removed from their transcript by submitting a written petition to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This written petition must provide evidence that the student now understands ethical standards (e.g. GPA following the infraction; lack of subsequent infractions [academic and conduct]; proactive activities that the student has engaged in to learn about appropriate techniques for citation, etc.), and it may not be considered earlier than a year after the date of the board hearing in which the XF penalty was imposed or earlier than a period of suspension, dependent on which has the longest duration. The option to remove an X from the transcript is not available to graduate students.
The University of Arkansas Undergraduate Grade Exclusion Policy cannot be applied to an XF grading penalty. However, if an undergraduate student’s petition to have the ‘X’ removed is approved by the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the process outlined above, grade exclusion may be applied to the remaining ‘F’ grade so long as it is in accordance with the rest of the Undergraduate Grade Exclusion Policy.
The University reserves the right to withhold or withdraw degrees, honors, or awards, due to violations of the Academic Integrity Policy.
Suspension involves withdrawal of enrollment privileges for a specified period of time and ordinarily carries with it conditions which must be met for re-enrollment. Suspended students are not permitted to live or board in University facilities or approved student organization housing (i.e., facilities owned by the University and leased to a student organization.) Re-enrollment after a suspension requires that the student apply to the Executive Director for Academic Initiatives and Integrity, or designee, at the close of the imposed period for a determination of whether they have met the conditions of their re-enrollment. Students suspended may not receive credit for University work completed by distance or in residence at another university without prior permission from the Provost or designee. Records of suspension are maintained indefinitely and noted on the student's transcript.
Expulsion is a permanent dismissal from the University. These records are maintained indefinitely and noted on the student's transcript.