Active Sanctions – Academic


Grade Reduction on Assignment

  • Description: Reduction in points or letter grade on an individual assignment
  • Appropriate for: Minor academic integrity violations
  • Not appropriate for: Major academic integrity violations; repeat violations
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “You will receive a grade reduction of [PERCENTAGE or NUMBER OF POINTS] on the assignment that led to this referral, [ASSIGNMENT NAME].”

Failing Grade on Assignment

  • Description: Zero grade on an individual assignment
  • Appropriate for: Academic integrity violations
  • Not appropriate for: N/A
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “You will receive a zero grade on the assignment that led to this referral, [ASSIGNMENT NAME].”

Resubmit Academic Assignment

  • Description: Student must re-submit assignment for no credit
  • Appropriate for: Academic integrity violations
  • Not appropriate for: N/A
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “You are required to redo the academic assignment that led to this disciplinary referral, [ASSIGNMENT], for no academic credit. This assignment must be submitted to [CONDUCT OFFICER] by no later than [DUE DATE]. Once received, it will be forwarded to [INSTRUCTOR] for review. If your work is found to be satisfactory, this sanction will be considered completed. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), the assignment will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Grade Reduction in Course

  • Description: Reduction in letter grade for course
  • Appropriate for: Academic integrity violations
  • Not appropriate for: Non-academic violations
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “You will receive a grade reduction of [LETTER GRADE] in the course [COURSE NAME] ([COURSE NUMBER]).”

Failing Grade in Course (F)

  • Description: F grade for course
  • Appropriate for: Major academic integrity violations
  • Not appropriate for: Minor academic integrity violations, non-academic violations
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “You will receive a failing grade in the course [COURSE NAME] ([COURSE NUMBER]).”

Disciplinary Failing Grade in Course (XF)

  • Description: XF grade for course
  • Appropriate for: Major academic integrity violations
  • Not appropriate for: Minor academic integrity violations, non-academic violations
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Unlike an F grade, an XF grade cannot be eliminated from the student’s GPA, even if the course is successfully re-taken, unless the student successfully petitions for removal of the X prefix (see below).
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “You will receive a failing grade for [COURSE NAME] ([COURSE NUMBER]). This failing grade will appear as an XF (disciplinary F) on your transcript. As per the Academic Integrity Policy, you may appeal to have the ‘X’ prefix removed from the grade: ‘Requests for removal of the X from an XF grade must be submitted in writing to the appropriate Campus Appeals Committee and will be considered by a panel of two student members and one faculty member of the Appeals Committee. Such requests will not be considered until at least 18 months from the time of the violation that resulted in the XF. In order for the request to be granted, the student, at a minimum, must have an exemplary record with respect to academic integrity since the original violation, must have completed a Rutgers academic integrity workshop or seminar, and must satisfactorily answer a required series of essay questions on why the X should be removed. The appeals panel shall make the final decision concerning the request. If the request is denied, the student must wait another year to submit another request.'”