Am I Going to Ruin a Student's Life by Reporting Academic Misconduct?

The Simple Answer Is No

After you have filed an incident report, a disiplinary hearing may be scheduled. The university sees this as an opportunity to hear from the student and evaluate all the evidence.

The resulting conversation often helps us understand if there are any underlying pressures motivating the student's behavior. Thus informed, we are in a better position to connect him or her—sometimes via a sanction—with the most appropriate campus resource(s).

When sanctions are assigned, many of them are educational in nature. They include reflective written assignments, a variety or tutorials, workshops hosted by TILT, and panels conducted by Conflict Resolution staff that are designed to help students understand the impact of their actions.

While more punitive sanctions are sometimes appropriate, our goal is to help the student learn from the experience and become a successful, ethical member of the CSU community.

Potential Sanctions Include:

  • Grading Penalty
  • Written Sanction/Reflective Essay
  • Academic Integrity Tutorials
  • TILT Workshops
  • Academic Integrity Impact Panel
  • Loss of good standing
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Suspension
  • Notation on transcript


Reporting an academic misconduct incident, even if in a File-Only situation, ensures that an accurate record be kept. This is important if—for no other reason—repeated incidents occur and need to be more effectively addressd.

In Addition

Reporting also affords and ensures each student the important right to due process.

Contact Info

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Dr. Joseph Brown
Director: Academic Integrity

Rm 147
Email Phone: 970.491.2898