The academic and disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed on an individual who has engaged in academic dishonesty vary with the kind and extent of the dishonesty. In what follows, some possible sanctions are presented in specific instances. It should be noted that the Bylaws of the Department of Physics and Astronomy require a discussion and vote by the faculty of the Department if a student is to be expelled from the graduate program.

An individual who engages in academic dishonesty in a particular course will face penalties at the discretion of the faculty member teaching the course. These penalties may range from failing the assignment or examination to failing the course. Regardless of the degree of the penalties he/she has assessed, the faculty member will report the nature of the infraction to the Graduate Committee of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The Graduate Committee may, after investigation, impose further penalties or sanctions, up to and including expulsion from the graduate program (with faculty consent and approval).

An individual who engages in academic dishonesty during the Preliminary Exam will normally be expelled from the graduate program. The extent and degree of academic dishonesty will be investigated as fully as possible, and the Graduate Committee will recommend penalties to the faculty of the Department for their discussion and decision.

An individual who engages in academic dishonesty while carrying out the research for an M.S. thesis, or in presenting the results of such research, will normally be expelled from the graduate program. The student's advisor will report the nature of the academic dishonesty to the Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee will then investigate the extent and degree of academic dishonesty as fully as possible and make a recommendation regarding expulsion from the graduate program to the faculty of the Department.

An individual who engages in academic dishonesty while carrying out research for a Ph.D. dissertation, or in presenting the results of such research, or when taking the Comprehensive Examination, will normally be expelled from the graduate program. The student's Supervisory Committee will investigate, as fully as possible, the extent and degree of the academic dishonesty and report its findings to the Graduate Committee. After completing its own investigation and deliberations, the Graduate Committee will make a recommendation regarding expulsion from the graduate program to the faculty of the Department.