Understanding the Penalties

If you have been suspected of an academic misconduct, the department head or designate carries out the investigation and determines the penalty as outlined below. For further details, review the Student Academic Misconduct Policy (70).

Receiving notification

If you are suspected of an academic misconduct, you will receive notification verbally or in-writing from the department head or designate. 

After investigation, if the department head determines the complaint does not have merit, you will be notified in writing of the reason for dismissal.

Attending a resolution meeting

If the department head determines the complaint of misconduct has merit, you will be invited to attend a resolution meeting, where you have the opportunity to discuss the matter and agree or disagree to the penalty. This is documented on a Notice of Disciplinary Action form, filled out by the department head. If you do not attend the resolution meeting, the penalty is still applied.

Dealing with the penalties

The penalties for an academic misconduct are described in UFV's Academic Misconduct Policy (70) and range from moderate to severe:

  • Written reprimand
  • Required Academic Integrity Workshop
  • Score of zero on the assignment, exam, online posting, artwork, presentation, paper, project, or submission
  • Grade reduction or no credit for the course
  • Suspension from university
  • Revocation of an award
  • Revocation of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other academic credential
  • Denial of admission or readmission to the university, and forfeiture of university awards or financial assistance
  • Recommendation to the President to expel the student from the university

In determining the severity of the penalty for academic misconduct, the department head or designate takes into consideration any other instances of academic or non-academic misconducts. 

An academic misconduct also impacts the following areas:


No fees are refunded if you are required to withdraw or lose credit for any class taken, or if you are suspended or dismissed from any class or program as a result of a penalty for academic misconduct.

Course withdrawal

You are not permitted to withdraw from a course to avoid incurring the penalty for academic misconduct.

Transfer credit

If you are under suspension from the university you cannot receive transfer credit for courses taken in that time period at other institutions.

Recording your misconduct

The Notice of Disciplinary Action form, including your academic misconduct and penalty is filed and recorded with the Office of the Registrar. However, your academic misconduct is not recorded on your transcript and does not affect your academic standing.

Note: The names of academic misconduct registrants are only released to heads or instructors who are handling a case and checking to see if a previous entry exists for a student. Occasionally we are also asked by senior administration to check on student award recipients or speakers at convocation to ensure they are in good standing.


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