Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Consequences of Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty can have some severe penalties and repercussions. Instructors may recommend:

  • Redoing the assignment
  • Failing the assignment
  • Receiving a reduced grade in the course
  • Failing the course with a grade of XF (indicates that course was failed due to academic dishonesty and student cannot graduate until they have it removed by going through remediation)
  • Counseling or recommending remediation for the student
  • Dismissing the student from the University
  • Having a record that indicates you committed an act of academic dishonesty

Student Rule 20.2: Procedures in Scholastic Dishonesty Cases

20.2.1 . . . The instructor shall inform the student of the alleged scholastic dishonesty, what sanction(s) he/she can recommend . . . and the procedures the department head will follow . . .. If, after hearing the student's version of the events, the instructor judges the student to be guilty of scholastic dishonesty, he/she will make a written report to the head of the department offering the course, with a copy to the student, giving the outline of the incident and including a recommendation of sanction(s) to be imposed. The instructor also must inform the student of his/her right to appeal to the head of the department offering the course regarding either the question of guilt or the sanction(s).

20.2.2 The instructor's recommendation may be dismissed, reduced, upheld or increased by the department head.

See the Aggie Honor System website ( for more information about student resources.


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