Graduate Academic Integrity - Course Grades

6.0. XF Transcript Course Grade Notation for Violations of Academic Integrity.1

6.1. An instructor who determines that the appropriate sanction for a student who has violated academic integrity is a failing grade for the course may record a grade of "XF."

6.2. For purposes of grade point average calculation, an "XF" will be treated in the same way as an "F."

6.3. The XF grade shall be recorded on the student's transcript with the notation "Failure Due to Violation of the University's Academic Integrity Policy."

6.4. XF grades should only be used in only the most egregious cases.

6.5. The graduate student can appeal the instructor's decision to the program director, or if there is no program director, the graduate student can appeal the instructor's decision to the chair of the instructor's department by following the same procedures described in 5.1 above. If the program director does not accept the student's petition, the student has the right to appeal to the department chair. If the department chair does not accept the student's petition, the student has the right to appeal the chair's decision through the prescribed channels for graduate student appeal, beginning with the CGE level of review (See 7.0 below).

6.6. After an XF grade has appeared on the graduate student's transcript for two academic semesters, excluding summers, the student may request to have the XF notation removed.

6.6.1. The request to remove the XF grade is made by the graduate student to the department chair of the instructor who accused the student of breaching academic integrity.

6.6.2. If the course instructor who gave the XF grade was the department chair, the student's request to remove the XF notation is made to the chair's academic dean (GSPP or CLAST).

6.6.3. The request to remove the XF notation will only be considered by the department chair if:

6.6.3.1. The student has not been found responsible for any other action of academic dishonesty or similar disciplinary offense at Gallaudet University or any other institution.

6.6.3.2. The student provides evidence, after the infraction has occurred, of satisfactorily completing a course on academic integrity.

6.6.3.3. The student completes an essay that explains what the student has learned from the experience of violating the University's academic integrity policy.

6.6.4. The department is not obligated to approve the student's petition.

6.6.5. If the appeal to remove the XF grade is approved, the student's XF course grade converts to an "F" grade.

1 The "XF" Transcript Course Grade Notation for Violations of Academic Integrity" was adapted from a jointly published article,"Model Code of Academic Integrity" appearing in the summer 1997 issue of Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education (pp.640 - 641) and the Journal of College and University Law [as noted (p.637) in the Summer 1997 edition of Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education].