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Student Conduct and Academic Integrity


Honor Code Sanctions

We use sanctions to hold our students accountable to the standards of behavior set by our honor code. The severity of the sanctions will align with community standards and increase with subsequent violations.

The sanctions administered by our office may be in addition to a grade penalty. The faculty member or instructor who reported you can choose to issue a grade penalty.

Educational Sanctions

Academic Integrity Workshop

This is a multi-week workshop designed to help you understand the university's honor code policies, develop better decision-making skills and evaluate the effects of your behavior.

Incident Narrative Pre-Work Assignment

Instructions for submitting your pre-work assignment will be sent to your university email the Monday prior to your workshop. The purpose of the assignment is to help you reflect on the chain of events that led to your incident, while everything is fresh in your head.

Length: Two pages
Due: 3 p.m. the day of your workshop

Response Questions/Prompts:

  1. Who are you? Where are you from? What are you studying at USC? Why did you choose to come to USC?
  2. What happened that led to you being reported to the Office of Academic Integrity? Start from the beginning and be as detailed as possible.
  3. What was the timeline of the events that occurred? How did you end up in this situation?
  4. What decisions did you make throughout the process? Why did you make those decisions? What made your decisions good or bad?
  5. Without placing blame or judgment on any person, including you, what key problems perpetrated this incident?
  6. What type of academic assignment was involved? What was the purpose of that assignment?
  7. How did the professor respond to the incident?
  8. How did you respond to the incident?
  9. Who else was impacted by the incident? How did they respond?

Failing to Complete Pre-Work
If you fail to complete and submit your pre-work prior to your workshop you will be removed from the workshop and will be required to complete the Online Academic Integrity Seminar in place of the USC Office of Academic Integrity Workshop.

Student Success Center Consultation

You will attend a success consultation at the Student Success Center to enhance your academic skills. You will schedule your appointment online, complete this consultation, and submit verification to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. 

Research Project

Your project will be related to academic integrity, ethics or honorable behavior in the discipline where the offense occurred. You will discuss the parameters of the project with a staff member, and your project will be evaluated by someone from our office.

Probation

You'll be under a period of review and observation. You will also be given official notice that another Honor Code violation will likely result in a more severe outcome. You could possibly be suspended or expelled from the university. 

Transcript Notation

The statement "Violation of USC Honor Code" will appear below the grade on your transcript. The grade shall be treated in the same way as any grade would be for the purposes of Grade Point Average and determination of academic standing.

Petition to Remove Transcription Notation Process

You may petition to remove a transcript notation at least one calendar year after the resolution of the academic integrity case. Students filing a petition to remove a transcript notation will need to provide the following:

  •  A personal statement (500 words) outlining how you have learned from the violation and why the notation should be removed. Your personal statement must present evidence of your growth, including positive examples of how your experience with the academic integrity process affected your future.

  • Three letters of recommendation should also be included. One letter of recommendation must come from any faculty or staff member affiliated with the university. Letters from relatives will not be accepted.

  • The personal statement and letters of recommendation must be submitted using the Transcript Notation Petition Form.

A three-person panel will determine if the request for removal has been met by the student. The panel shall consist of two college liaisons with one representing the class in which the violation occurred, and one Office of Academic Integrity staff member who was not the original hearing authority for the case.

This process should be utilized only for cases heard at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. For cases heard prior to the fall 2017 semester, please contact our office to determine how to petition to remove the transcript notation. 

Suspension

If you are suspended from the university, you will be denied enrollment and attendance at USC, and prohibited from accessing any part of campus or the university's properties. You may be allowed to apply for readmission after your suspension period with or without restrictions, and you may have to complete a probation period upon your return to campus.

Delayed Suspension
You will be allowed to continue your coursework, but you will be under restrictions from student conduct and academic integrity. If you fail to follow all requirements of your restrictions, you will be suspended immediately.

Expulsion

Expulsion results in permanent dismissal from the university.

 

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity