OF RECORD

Report of the Office of Student Conduct

To the University Community

The Office of Student Conduct periodically prepares reports to inform the University Community about the character and extent of the work of the Disciplinary System, including the nature of violations of University rules and regulations and the sanctions imposed. These reports are made, in part, to provide an accurate and informative picture of the kinds of misconduct which are brought to the attention of our office and the variety of ways in which these matters get resolved. At the same time, we are mindful of our obligation under our Charter to protect the confidentiality of individual students.

With respect to the report itself, please note the following: we have separated "Type of Incidents" of misconduct into broad, generally understood categories. It is important to stress that the categories and accompanying numbers represent the kinds of complaints received, not disciplinary charges filed nor individuals ultimately found responsible for misconduct.

Further, please note that many incidents involve more than one student which is why the number of respondents so far exceeds the number of cases.

Finally, we have, pursuant to the mandate of our Charter, increasingly attempted to resolve disciplinary and other referrals through mediation or other informal, constructive means. Those of you familiar with our previous reports to the community will see a greater emphasis placed on these alternative means of solving some disputes, where appropriate.

There is no substitute for student and faculty input, consultation and participation in the disciplinary process. This report, while meant to be informative, ideally should serve only as a catalyst for candid discussion about conduct and academic integrity issues of concern to our community. In that spirit, I welcome any comments or questions regarding this report or any other aspect of our disciplinary process. I can be reached at 898-5651 or by e-mail at goldfarm@pobox.upenn.edu.

--Michele A. Goldfarb, Director, Office of Student Conduct

1997-1998 Statistical Case Report

I. Incidents Received September 1, 1997 to August 31, 1998

Academic Integrity

Conduct

Total

Disciplinary Cases (Incidents) 17 67 84
Total Respondents 21 131 152
Undergraduate 21 129 150
Graduate 0 2 2
Additional Disputes Referred to the University Mediation Program: 18

 II. Type of Incidents (Categories based on initial allegations only; does not necessarily reflect final charge. Also some respondents are charged with more than one category of behavior.)

Code of Academic Integrity Incidents

Category of Behavior/ Complaints Received

Alter Exam/Paper for Regrade 2
Cheating 4
Fabrication 1
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty 2
Plagiarism 12

Code of Conduct Incidents

Category of Behavior/ Complaints Received

Alcohol 34
Assault 19
Computer Misuse/Piracy 3
Disorderly Conduct 32
Drug 18
E-Mail Threats/Unethical Use 10
False Identity 2
Harassment 4
Hazing 1
Indecent Exposure 3
Noise 3
Propulsion of Object 17
Theft 3
Threats 1
Trespassing 1
Vandalism 13

Resolution of Case Per Individual Respondent

Academic Integrity

Conduct

Total

Signed Agreement 14 39 53
Hearing 2 1 3
No Formal Disciplinary Action (Informal Resolution with No Further Action Taken) 5 61 66
Investigation Completed by OSC; then Referred to Office of Fraternity &Sorority Affairs for Final Resolution/Sanctioning 0 12 12
Incidents Received from College Houses and Academic Services for Record Keeping Only. Sanctioned In-House 0 18 18
Open Cases 0 0 0

III. Sanction Information (Information provided for probation or more serious sanctions only.)

Sanction

Academic Integrity

Conduct

Total

Probation 7 18 25
(Range of Charges: Fabrication, Plagiarism, Alcohol, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, E-mail Threats/Unethical Use, Indecent Exposure, Propulsion of Object, Theft)
Suspension/Withdraw 8 4 12
(a few of these sanctions were imposed for matters which arose in previous years)
(Range of Charges: Cheating, Fabrication, Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials, Plagiarism, Assault, E-Mail Threats/Unethical Use, Misappropriation of Funds, Repeated Indecent Exposure)


Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 19, February 2, 1999

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