Disciplinary Sanction Descriptions

The sanctioning system employed by the Dean of Students Office is based on a spectrum of possibilities, from a Warning through Expulsion from the University of Alaska system. The spectrum approach allows the flexibility to address cases based on specific circumstances, severity of the behavior, and repeated violations.

The sanctions are not mutually exclusive, and can be combined into a series of sanctions that might be more effective in modifying the student’s behavior in the future. For example, Discretionary Sanctions such as essays might be given as an educative complement to a punitive sanction of a Warning or Disciplinary Probation.

Disciplinary sanctions are only imposed once the Dean of Students Office has reached a conclusion of “Responsible.” Note that the assignment of grades in relation to any reported case is outside the purview of the Dean of Students Office, rests solely with the Instructor of Record, and does not depend on actions taken by the Dean of Students Office.

Warning – A written notice that a student has violated UAA’s Student Code of Conduct, which can be used as evidence of previous offenses in future cases. Warnings are typically limited to cases where academic misconduct appears to be unintentional or the severity of the offense is minor. If a student receives a warning, the Dean of Students Office does not disclose a disciplinary record about a student to a third party, e.g., a medical school, after receiving a proper release of information.

Academic Integrity Tutorial – The student would be required to take the Academic Integrity Tutorial and successfully pass the final quiz under the supervision of a designated representative of the Dean of Students Office.

Disciplinary Probation – A written warning that includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found responsible for violating UAA’s Student Code of Conduct for a specified probationary period. If a student is placed on disciplinary probation, the Dean of Students Office will disclose the disciplinary record of a student to a third party, i.e., a medical school, after receiving a proper release of information.

Discretionary Sanctions – Discretionary sanctions are designed primarily to educate the students as to the consequences and repercussions of the lack of academic integrity. The sanctions can include (but are not limited to) essays, written apologies, presentations, mentoring meetings, counseling, educational classes, community service work, or other uncompensated labor. They should be assigned only in conjunction with other sanctions.

Suspension – The separation of the student from the University of Alaska for a specified period of time. The student may not participate in University of Alaska events or be present on University of Alaska property for a specified period of time.

Expulsion – The permanent separation of a student from the University of Alaska indefinitely. The student may not participate in University of Alaska events or be present on University of Alaska property.