Frequently Asked Questions

Who can see that I have been accused of academic dishonesty?

No other instructors or students will be able to see that you have a report filed with the Office of Academic Integrity.

Will an academic integrity violation show on my transcript?

An academic integrity violation will not show on your transcript unless your instructor gives you an XF grade as a sanction. An XF is a course grade that means that you failed the course due to academic dishonesty.

What should I do if my teacher accuses me of cheating, and enforces a sanction (punishment), but doesn’t file a report, so I can’t appeal?

If a teacher enforces a sanction on the basis of academic integrity, they are required to file a report with the Office of Academic Integrity. This process will give you several chances to appeal the accusation. If your teacher has enforced a sanction but has not reported the violation, please contact our office at

What should I do if I believe I have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty?

You will have the opportunity to submit an appeal to the Department Head. For more information, see The Academic Integrity Process Flow Chart.

What if I think an instructor’s sanction is too harsh.

Faculty are in total control of the sanction and it cannot be appealed.  The act of academic dishonesty can be appealed - but not the sanction. Please feel free to make an appointment with the Office of Academic Integrity to discuss it.  

What should I do if I see someone cheating?

The best thing you can do is email us. It is important that cheating is reported and stopped to protect the people whose work may be stolen, to help students learn appropriate ethics, and to prevent it from happening again. The Office of Academic Integrity will protect your identity, help the student fix the issues which led them to cheat, and help them to get their degree honestly.