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Sanctions and Grading

If a student is found responsible for academic misconduct, there is a range of sanctions that may be imposed on the student as a result of the student conduct process. Under the Student Conduct Code, grades are not a sanction and grading is the purview of the instructor.


  • Disciplinary Reprimand: A student respondent may be issued a written disciplinary reprimand.
  • Restitution: A student respondent may be required to make restitution for damage or other loss of property and for injury to persons. The University may put a conduct hold in place if the respondent fails to pay or to make in writing University-approved arrangements to pay restitution.
  • Disciplinary Probation: A student respondent may be placed on disciplinary probation (meaning formal conditions are imposed on the respondent’s continued attendance). The time period for the disciplinary probation and any conditions shall be specified. Failure to fulfill the conditions of the disciplinary probation in a timely manner will extend the probationary period (and the conditions) and may result in additional disciplinary sanctions.
  • Suspension: A student respondent may be suspended (i.e., temporarily separated) from the University for a specified period of time. Conditions of suspension may be imposed and will be specified. Except as otherwise specified in the final order, all conditions must be fulfilled before the end of the suspension period. Failure to fulfill all conditions of suspension in a timely manner will extend the suspension period and any conditions, and may result in additional disciplinary sanctions. The University may put a conduct hold in place during the suspension period.
  • Dismissal: A student respondent may be dismissed (i.e., permanently separated) from the University.

For first-time violations, it is most common to receive a Disciplinary Reprimand or Disciplinary Probation. However, if the student has multiple violations, a more severe disciplinary action may be imposed. Students have a right to ask for an Administrative Review for all disciplinary actions.


It is common practice at the University of Washington to withhold a grade for any examination or assignment that is suspected of academic misconduct. The instructor should tell the student that the grade is being withheld as a result of suspected academic misconduct and that the case will be referred to the Dean’s representative for the College or School in which the student is enrolled.

If the case is not resolved by the end of the term, an “X” (leaving a grade unreported) should be turned in for the course until a decision is made.

If the student is found not responsible, the faculty member should reinstate the grade the student would have received if the misconduct charges were not submitted.