Sanctions & Penalties

In the interest of consistency, sanctions and penalties must be imposed as follows:

First Violation

Circumstances and the severity of the violation will determine the sanction. Any or all of the following may be imposed for a first offense:

  1. A Letter of Warning – an official reprimand (discretionary use by the Honor Court for a first offense only). A letter of warning indicates that any additional violations may result in immediate suspension from the University.
  2. Failing grade on the assignment in question – the faculty member’s prerogative.
  3. Failing grade for the course – the faculty member’s prerogative.
  4. Withdrawal from the course with a failing grade – an extraordinary step and only by specific direction of the Honor Court.
  5. Probation. A period of review and observation during which a student is under an official warning that subsequent violations of the Honor Code are likely to result in a more severe sanction including suspension or expulsion from the University. Students on probation may be barred from participating in any or all extra- or co-curricular activities.
  6. “X” on the transcript before a grade denoting an Honor Code Violation.
  7. Research Project. This sanction can be assigned for the educational benefit of the student and should be related to academic integrity or ethics on the whole or in the discipline in which the offense occurred. The report is submitted to the Chair of the Honor Court.
  8. Suspension from the University for a period of no less than one semester.
  9. Expulsion from the University.
  10. A combination of the above sanctions.

Second Violation

Either of the following sanctions may be imposed, effective immediately:

  1. Suspension (for up to one academic year); or
  2. Permanent suspension.

In either case, the student will receive a failing grade in the course in which the violations occurred and a “W” or "WF" in all other courses. The suspension period will begin immediately following the conclusion of the case. Although a student will not be allowed to enroll in summer school during the suspension period, summer sessions will not count as suspension periods.

Third Violation

A third violation necessitates permanent suspension from USCB. All statements, information, or comments given during hearings will be held in strictest confidence by members of the USCB faculty, staff and witnesses before, during and after deliberation. Only duly authorized persons or faculty and staff with an educational need to know will be informed of the proceedings and outcome.

The chair of the Honor Court may make a tape recording of all judicial hearings. The charged party or parties and their advisor shall have the right, upon request, to listen to the recording in the presence of a staff member of the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The charged student may request a duplicate copy of the recording at his/her own expense within a period of six months from the date of the hearing.

After the hearing, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs shall be responsible for forwarding the written decision of the University Honor Court to the charged party or parties. The letter from the Honor Court shall consist of a statement of charges; findings of the hearing authority and the rationale for the findings; sanction(s) and the rationale for the sanction(s); and a statement regarding the right to appeal and the appeal procedures.

Students found responsible shall have five class days from the date the decision letter is sent to submit a written request for an appeal. If there is no appeal within this time limit, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs shall implement the decision.

The request for appeal shall be by memorandum addressed to the faculty chair of the Honor Court through the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The memo must state the reason(s) for believing the decision of the original hearing authority to be improper.