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January 13, 2009, Volume 55, No. 17

To the University Community:

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) 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 are resolved. At the same time, we are mindful of our obligation under the Charter of the Student Disciplinary System to protect the confidentiality of individual students. 

You will note a general decrease in the number of mediated cases. We find that even in situations where mediation would be appropriate and use of this alternative is encouraged, most students are unwilling to participate in it and prefer that a situation be handled through the more formal disciplinary process. When students have been willing to mediate, rather than it being conducted face-to-face, students prefer “shuttle mediation” where the mediator takes the comments of one to the other. Anecdotally, other schools are experiencing the same disinterest in mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution.

A word about sanctions: there is no standard result for a particular type of case.  OSC takes into account how a case compares to precedent, the year of the student, the egregious and/or repeated nature of the conduct, the level of honesty and responsibility taken by the student, and other factors as appropriate. The categories are broad; circumstances vary; and every student is treated as an individual.

We are discussing different ways of reporting information about the cases we handle and their resulting resolutions to give a more complete picture of what the Office of Student Conduct does. In this regard, I welcome any suggestions for future reports as well as any comments or questions about this report or on any other aspect of the University’s disciplinary process. I can be reached at (215) 898-5651 or by e-mail at herrons@pobox.upenn.edu.

—Susan W. Herron, Director, Office of Student Conduct

 

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

Respondents (Academic Integrity)

40

69

60

165*

63

      Undergraduate

36

57

51

131

51

      Graduate

4

12

9

34

12

Respondents (Conduct)

155

179

125

232

253

      Undergraduate

150

171

118

221

243

      Graduate

5

8

7

11

10

Respondents (Both Academic integrity & Conduct)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

2

      Undergraduate

0

0

0

0

0

      Graduate

0

0

0

0

2

Total Respondents**

195

248

185

397

318

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Integrity Charges**

 

 

 

 

 

      Alter Exam/Paper for Regrade

1

6

6

2

3

      Cheating

5

12

7

17

12

      Fabrication

2

0

0

1

1

      Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

10

2

6

17

1

      Falsification of Grades or Transcript

0

2

0

0

0

      Misconduct During Exam

0

0

2

1

9

      Misrepresentation of Academic records

2

3

7

2

0

      Plagiarism

17

30

31

33

25

      Provided Information to Another Student

0

2

0

0

0

      Submission of False Data

2

0

0

0

1

      Submission of Work Used Previously

0

0

0

1

0

      Unauthorized Collaboration or Other Use of   
      Another Person’s Work

2

15

3

91

19

      Unfair Advantage over Fellow Students

2

1

1

1

1

      Other Academic Violation

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conduct Charges**

 

 

 

 

 

      Alcohol Violation (1st Offense)***

66

47

45

20

76

      Alcohol Violation (2nd or Subsequent
      Offense)

7

3

0

1

1

      Assault

10

16

6

7

19

      Attempted Theft

0

6

0

0

2

      Burglary

0

0

0

0

3

      Carrying Weapons in an Educational
      Institution

1

0

0

0

0

      Computer Violation/Violation of Ethical
      Behavior with Respect to the Electronic                              
      Information Environment Policy****

 

4

 

10

 

25

 

153

 

85

      Criminal Mischief

0

3

3

0

0

      Disorderly Conduct

31

56

22

18

69

      Disturbance/Investigation of Person

0

0

0

0

1

      Drug Violation

11

15

7

8

12

      E-Mail Violation

5

1

1

0

0

      Failure to Pay Rent

0

2

0

0

0

      False Identity

1

2

5

0

3

      Fire Code Violation

3

12

1

1

0

      Forgery

2

1

1

1

1

      Fraud

0

2

1

0

12

      Harassment

10

6

5

6

3

      Hazing

0

3

7

5

2

      Indecent /Sexual Assault

3

2

2

0

2

      Indecent Exposure

0

0

0

0

1

      Malicious Mischief

0

0

0

0

2

      Misappropriation of Funds

0

2

1

0

0

      Miscellaneous Security Violations

1

2

0

1

3

      Misrepresentation of Status to the University

3

0

0

0

0

      Noise Violation

14

4

2

6

15

      Possession of Stolen Property

0

0

0

0

1

      Propulsion of Object

2

9

12

1

5

      Receiving Stolen Property

0

0

0

0

1

      Reckless Driving

0

0

0

0

1

      Retail Theft/Shoplifting

15

23

5

3

4

      Sexual Harassment

1

1

4

0

2

      Terroristic Threats

0

0

0

0

1

      Theft

1

12

8

11

6

      Threats

5

8

1

1

0

      Trespassing

0

9

4

2

8

      Use or Possession of Air      
      Guns/Firearms/Dangerous Articles

6

5

0

0

0

      Use or Possession of Fake ID Card

1

2

1

1

0

      Vandalism

20

42

25

18

8

      Other Conduct Violation – Failure to
      Cooperate, HIPPA Violation

2

3

3

6

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution of Academic Integrity Cases

 

 

 

 

 

      Signed Agreement

35

52

46

111

46

      Hearing, Case Founded

2

1

1

1

0

      Dismissed After Hearing

0

1

2

1

0

      No Formal Disciplinary Action (Unfounded
      Complaint or Informal Resolution)

 

1

 

11

 

9

 

41

 

10

      Unresolved*****

2

4

2

10

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution of Conduct Cases

 

 

 

 

 

      Signed Agreement

100

109

79

183

177

      Hearing, Case Founded

0

1

2

0

1

      Dismissed After Hearing

0

0

0

0

0

      No Formal Disciplinary Action (Unfounded
      Complaint or Informal Resolution)

34

39

25

19

26

      Mediation

40

3

2

1

8

      Unresolved*****

21

30

19

30

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution of Cases Involving Both Academic Integrity & Conduct Incidents

 

 

 

 

 

      Signed Agreement

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Integrity Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

Formal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

      Warning

3

0

1

1

1

      Reprimand

3

6

3

7

4

      Probation

10

15

17

70

20

      Suspension (Not Imposed)

9

13

21

29

10

      Suspension (Imposed)

9

10

6

7

7

      Delayed Diploma

7

5

3

7

6

      Notation on Transcript

2

4

0

0

2

      Withdrawal

1

6

0

1

2

      Expulsion

0

0

0

0

1

Informal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

      Community Service

3

5

12

71

19

      Counseling

5

6

10

9

4

      Essay

5

7

9

58

20

      Letter of Apology

4

12

12

36

17

      Meet with Academic Support Professional

2

8

5

11

3

      Meet with Appropriate Person Relating to
      Charge

0

0

0

0

1

      Present Program Relating to Charge

7

5

5

0

0

      Read Material on Plagiarism

0

4

0

0

0

      Other

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conduct Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

Formal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

      Warning

57

11

17

7

24

      Reprimand

25

50

41

108

113

      Probation

11

33

21

23

32

      Suspension (Not Imposed)

1

3

0

1

7

      Suspension (Imposed)

2

0

5

5

4

      Delayed Diploma

1

1

0

0

3

      Notation on Transcript

0

0

0

0

0

      Withdrawal

0

1

0

0

0

      Expulsion

0

0

0

0

0

Informal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

      Avoid Complainant

7

6

3

0

3

      Barred from Living in University Residence System

0

0

0

0

1

      Community Service

14

70

44

23

69

      Counseling

6

13

13

7

22

      Drug and Alcohol Education

47

34

19

15

35

      Essay

13

25

8

4

21

      Fine

15

18

21

129

53

      Letter of Apology

9

25

16

10

19

      Meet with Appropriate Person Relating to Charge

0

0

0

0

5

      PPD First Offender Program

0

0

0

4

0

      Restitution

6

16

10

11

9

      Substance Abuse Evaluation

8

10

8

0

10

      Other

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctions for Cases Involving Both Academic Integrity and Conduct Incidents

0

0

0

0

0

Formal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

      Suspension (Not Imposed)

0

0

0

0

1

      Suspension (Imposed)

0

0

0

0

1

      Delayed Diploma

0

0

0

0

2

Informal Sanctions

 

 

 

 

 

      Counseling

0

0

0

0

1

      Letter of Apology

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

 

 

 

      Fraternity and Sorority Cases

1

6

6

6

4

      PennCard Misuse

2

1

0

25

0

*The increase in Academic Integrity cases in 06-07 reflects an incident in a single class involving a significant number of students.

**The total number of respondents does not equal the total number of charges as some respondents are charged with more than one type of misconduct. 

***The number of alcohol cases vary from year to year depending on how many and the type of Spring Fling incidents referred to the OSC.

****The majority of computer violations involve illegal downloading of copyrighted material.

*****Cases remain unresolved at the end of the academic year for a variety of reasons:  some students withdraw from the University without resolving their disciplinary cases; the investigation in some cases is complex and may go into the following year; students may ask for a delay in their disciplinary case because of a pending court case; etc

 

 

 

Almanac - January 13, 2009, Volume 55, No. 17