11.18.1. For a First Class I Charge Originating in the Context of a Particular Course

The judicial panel can impose any sanction it wishes (except expulsion), but the following sanctions are common: Grade reduction (including the assigning of a zero) on the relevant assignment. A zero on the assignment is the recommended sanction for relatively minor instances of unpremeditated cheating and for plagiarizing 20 percent or less of a paper. Grade reduction (including the assigning of an “F”) in the relevant course. An “F” in the course is the recommended sanction for cheating which required significant premeditation or which involved considerable collusion or which involved plagiarizing more than 20 percent of a paper. Requiring the liable party to satisfactorily complete the Academic and Intellectual Traditions class (see 11.22.) within a certain time period. Requiring the liable party to participate in time management counseling/instruction administered by the academic success center. Suspension for the next regular semester.

Most first Class I charges will result in the judicial panel imposing some version or combination of the sanctions described in Sec. through Sec. The judicial panel will be mindful of ensuring that penalties are assigned rationally and justly in the sense that the level of sanctioning should be approximately proportionate to the severity of the offense, accounting for the level of cheating involved as well as the degree of premeditation and the scope of complicity among and between various individuals. Suspension is not commonly employed for first Class I charges, but may be in the event that a first Class I charge is particularly egregious and/or the accused’s engagement with the honor code process is unacceptable.

If liable persons do not complete the Academic and Intellectual Traditions class within the required time period, or if their work and/or participation is unsatisfactory, then the original judicial panel will reconvene and assign additional and more severe sanctions.

When penalties involve modification of course and/or assignment grades, instructors are to implement the decision of the honor council within five academic business days of such notification.