Past Violations

Avoiding Additional Violations

Under the academic honesty policy, sanctions for second and subsequent findings of violation are more severe. The third violation typically results in expulsion from the University. If you have a previous finding of academic honesty violation or misconduct, you should take careful steps to avoid additional violations.

Some proactive steps you can take to avoid another violation are:

  • Reading the academic honesty policy
  • Reading your course documents as soon as you get them so you have time to ask your instructors any questions you have about their rules
  • Reviewing the tips and pitfalls page to learn more about common missteps and how to avoid them
  • Testing your knowledge using quiz one and quiz two and quiz three
  • Completing your work in ways that are academically honest

You should also try and identify the academic, emotional, or other factors that contributed to your past violation so that you can take steps to address them. The academic honesty liaison can help you think through your previous violation and identify University resources that can help.


The Board on Academic Honesty maintains the only record of your case, with the exception of XE/XF, the transcript notations for suspension (during the period of suspension only) and expulsion. If you want to know who has access to your academic honesty record, you can read the policy section on confidentiality.


You may be asked about your academic honesty record on certain applications. Be sure to answer the questions honestly.

If you are applying to a professional program with a strong ethical and licensing component (such as law, medicine, and dentistry) and you encounter a question that appears to ask about academic misconduct but does not capture your violation, you can proactively contact the application source yourself or go through the academic honesty liaison to ask what the source would prefer in terms of disclosure.

If you aren’t sure if a question applies to you, you can either ask the application source directly or contact the liaison to ask on your behalf. The liaison can also provide feedback on your application statement characterizing the violation. 

If you have general questions about how an academic honesty violation will affect your graduate school, professional school, and job applications, contact the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections. The career center can also help you determine how best to disclose an academic honesty violation that occurs after you have submitted an application.