Active Sanctions – Educational


VAIL Tutorial

  • Description: Online interactive tutorial that teaches students about plagiarism and correct citation
  • Appropriate for: Incidents of plagiarism in which the student has demonstrated ignorance of plagiarism and citation
  • Not appropriate for: Incidents of plagiarism involving deliberate misconduct, rather than ignorance
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You must complete the VAIL online academic integrity tutorial offered by the University of Maryland.”

Online Academic Integrity Tutorial

  • Description: Online tutorial on academic integrity
  • Appropriate for: Incidents of academic dishonesty in which the student has demonstrated ignorance of the standards of academic integrity
  • Not appropriate for: Incidents of academic dishonesty involving deliberate misconduct, rather than ignorance
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You must complete an online tutorial on academic integrity offered by the Office of Student Conduct.”

Academic Integrity Review

  • Description: A one-on-one meeting with a Learning Center staff member to review academic integrity
  • Appropriate for: Incidents involving academic dishonesty
  • Not appropriate for: All other incidents
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and Learning Center staff
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You are required to meet with a staff member at one of the Rutgers Learning Centers (https://rlc.rutgers.edu/) to review academic integrity and appropriate citation procedures. Once completed, you must write an essay reflecting what you have learned from this experience. This essay must be no less than 250 words and should address the following questions:

A. What new information did you gather in completing this sanction?
B. How would this information have helped you in completing the assignment that led to this sanction?
C. Why does the University place a strong emphasis on academic integrity?
D. What potential consequences exist for students who plagiarize? What about professionals who do so?

Be advised that this essay may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others. You are expected to include appropriate citations and to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Educational Interview

  • Description: An interview with a member of the community on a topic related to the violation
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which a student would benefit from gathering more factual information on a topic and by interacting with others to gather the information
  • Not appropriate for: N/A
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and interview subject
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Indicate interview subject and topic
  • Instructions to student: You are required to interview [INTERVIEW SUBJECT] or their designee on the topic of [TOPIC]. Once your interview is completed, you must then write a reflective essay on the experience. This essay must be no less than 500 words (typed, double-spaced) and should address the following questions:

A. What did you discuss in the interview?
B. What information were you previously unaware of?
C. In what way did the information that you gathered relate to the incident in question?
D. Would this information have impacted your decisions?

Be advised that this essay may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others. You are expected to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Article Review

  • Description: A written review of academic articles on a topic related to the violation in question
  • Appropriate for: Any circumstances in which the student would benefit by reviewing journal articles and writing an analysis of those articles, using the opportunity to make an educational connection to the incident in question
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Indicate topic of articles and length of essay (in words)
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a review of three journal articles on the topic of [TOPIC]. Copies of or links to the articles must be submitted along with your essay. The review must be typed, double-spaced, and no less than [NUMBER] words in length. In the review, you should summarize the articles and explore how they relate to the violations in question. Be advised that this review may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others. You are expected to cite your sources using MLA style and to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your review is found to contain material that is not properly cited, the review will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Book Review

  • Description: A written review of a book on a topic related to the violation in question
  • Appropriate for: Any circumstances in which the student would benefit by reading a book and writing an analysis of that book, using the opportunity to make an educational connection to the incident in question
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Indicate topic of book and length of essay (in words)
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a review of one book on the topic of [TOPIC]. The review must be typed, double-spaced, and no less than [NUMBER] words in length. In the review, you should summarize the book and explore how it relates to the violations in question. Be advised that this review may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others. You are expected to cite your sources using MLA format and to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your review is found to contain material that is not appropriately cited, the review will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Research Paper

  • Description: A research paper on a topic related to the violation
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which a student has demonstrated a lack of knowledge in a given area (examples include multiculturalism, substance use, harassment, healthy relationships, etc.)
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Indicate topic of paper and length of paper (in words)
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a research paper on [TOPIC]. This paper must be no less than [NUMBER] words in length (typed, double-spaced). Be advised that you must cite no fewer than three published sources (Wikipedia is not acceptable as a source). If utilizing journal articles or information from the Internet, you must submit copies of or links to the articles with your paper. All sources must be appropriately cited using MLA format. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. This paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your paper is found to contain material that is not appropriately cited, the paper will be rejected and additional sanctions imposed.”

TED Talk Video

  • Description: The student is required to watch a TED Talk on a subject related to the violation and write a reflection paper
  • Appropriate for: Any circumstances in which the student would benefit from viewing a lecture and writing an analysis of that lecture, using the opportunity to make an educational connection to the incident in question
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Note: Indicate topic of TED Talk
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): List of TED Talk videos
  • Instructions to student: "Watch the assigned TED Talk ([TITLE]) and write an essay (at least 250 words, typed and double-spaced) on what you learned from the video. Write a response that demonstrates your level of understanding of what you learned from the video and also how you can apply concepts from the video to your life.

    Your response should answer the following questions:
    (1) What was the speaker's main message?
    (2) What part of the video resonated with you the most?
    (3) Are there any tools that could be implemented in your life?
    (4) What are they?
    (5) In what ways do you plan to incorporate the lessons shared by the speaker in your own life?
    (6) In what ways has this video changed your perspective or understanding of your experience?

    Your paper may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling."

  • Description: A research paper on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the consequences of online copyright violations
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which a student has inappropriately used or distributed copyrighted material
  • Not appropriate for: All other incidents
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a research paper on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the consequences of online copyright violations. This paper must be at least 500 words in length (typed, double-spaced). You must cite at least three sources (Wikipedia is not acceptable as a source). For music file sharing, we recommend www.riaa.com or www.musicunited.org. All sources must be appropriately cited using MLA format. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. This paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your paper is found to contain material that is not appropriately cited, the paper will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Video Review

  • Description: A written review of a video on a topic related to the violation in question
  • Appropriate for: Any circumstances in which the student would benefit by viewing a video and writing an analysis of that video, using the opportunity to make an educational connection to the incident in question
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Video suggestions; for example, Haze:The Movie (for hazing) or Shattered Glass (for academic dishonesty and/or providing false information)
  • Note: Indicate topic of video and length of review (in words)
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a review of a video on the topic of [TOPIC]. The review must be typed, double-spaced, and no less than [NUMBER] words in length. You must submit a link to the video with your review. In the review, you should summarize the video and explore how it relates to the violations in question. This review may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others. If you use outside sources, you must cite those sources using MLA format. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Laboratory: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. Your review should use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your review is found to contain material that is not appropriately cited, it will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Policy Review

  • Description: A written review of a University policy relevant to the violation
  • Appropriate for: Any case in which the student would benefit by reviewing a specific University policy for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the policy and the reason for its existence
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Indicate the University policy under review (for example, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy for Students, the Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources, etc.)
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a review of the [NAME OF POLICY] as outlined in the University Policy Library (http://policies.rutgers.edu/). The review must be typed, double-spaced, and no less than 500 words in length. In the review, you should summarize the policy and explore how it relates to the violations in question. State the rationale behind the policy, and elaborate on the consequences for the Rutgers community if the policy did not exist. This review may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others, nor may this paper promote a philosophy which is in direct conflict with the law or with University regulations. If you use outside sources, you must cite those sources using MLA format. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Laboratory: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. Your review must use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your review is found to contain material that is not appropriately cited, it will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Well-Being Article Essay

  • Description: The student is required to read an article on some aspect of well-being and write a reflection paper
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which the student's actions jeopardized their own well-being
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: "Find an article (Forbes, Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, etc.) on an aspect of well-being that is important or pertinent to you, or that you hope to improve upon. Explain what you learned from the article, how the information you learned will help you prioritize your well-being, and how you plan to implement what you have learned from the selected article. Include a link to the article.

    Your essay may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It should be at least 250 words (typed, double-spaced) and utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling."

Well-Being Self-Care Plan

  • Description: The student is required to develop a month-long self-care plan
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which the student's actions jeopardized their own well-being
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: "You will develop your own Well-Being Self-Care plan for the next month. Once the plan is approved by your Conduct Officer you will check in with your Conduct Officer in person twice a month to share your progress."

Future Employer/HR Interview

  • Description: An interview with a potential future employer or college admissions professional and a reflection paper
  • Appropriate for: Students whose actions have the potential to jeopardize their future career or education
  • Not appropriate for: All other incidents
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and interview subject
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: "Contact one employer or graduate school. This employer or graduate school should be a company or school that you would ideally like to work for or attend upon graduation from Rutgers. Interview someone in the Human Resources department or someone at the company/school who makes hiring/admissions decisions and ask them what types of experiences they look for on student resumes. Ask how conduct records of new college graduates are interpreted, and how multiple conduct violations or one serious conduct violation can impact an applicant. Please note, you do not need to share your personal conduct history with the individual you interview.

    After completing your interview, write a summary of your interaction (at least 250 words, typed and double-spaced). The summary should include the name of the person you spoke with. Then you should reflect on your conversations and discuss how your actions will impact your future at Rutgers. This summary may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling."

Resident Assistant Interview

  • Description: An interview with a Resident Assistant about their duties and responsibilities
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which a student demonstrates a disregard for residence hall staff acting in the performance of their duties
  • Not appropriate for: Non-residence hall cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between the student and Resident Assistant (in consultation with the appropriate Residence Life Coordinator)
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: Indicate the name and residence hall of the Residence Life Coordinator who will facilitate the interview
  • Instructions to student: You are required to conduct an interview with a Resident Assistant about their duties and responsibilities. You are required to contact [NAME], the Residence Life Coordinator in [RESIDENCE HALL] to arrange to complete this sanction. Once completed, you must then write a paper reflecting on your actions in this incident. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Summarize your interview with the Resident Assistant. What are their duties and responsibilities? How did your actions affect the Residence Life staff’s ability to perform their duties?
B. Reflect on the policies you were found in violation of: why do they exist? What purpose do they serve?
C. How was your behavior inconsistent with the University’s expectations?
D. If placed in the same situation again, how would your actions be similar or different?
E. Why would your actions be similar or different?
F. What is the most important thing you have learned from this experience?

This paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”