Warning vs. Filing Charges

There are some key differences to highlight between choosing a warning for a student's punishment versus filing formal changes. 

Warning Letter

Selecting that Student Rights & Responsibilities send a Warning Letter is exactly what you think it is. When we receive a report of academic dishonesty, for a first-time violation, in which the reporting faculty member wishes for us to send the student a warning letter, we will do just that. As you can see from viewing the Warning Letter above, it is a very formal letter that shows the student that the student will only receive one warning and that the student has a disciplinary record with the office thereafter. To note, only if the reporting faculty member submits a form with the requested action as "No Action" will the student not have a disciplinary file with Student Rights & Responsibilities. The purpose of the warning letter is to show the student that the student is on the office's radar, and further violations will result in progressive discipline. 

Filing Formal Charges

Filing formal charges can have a wide variety of results. A formal charge can result in anything from disciplinary probation (insert definition) to expulsion, depending on the nature of the incident as well as whether the student has multiple previous violations of the Standards for Student Conduct. If the reporting faculty member chooses to file formal charges, the accused student will receive a Charge Letter. The charges are generally that the student is accused of violating California Code of Regulations, Title V, Article 2, Section 41301(b)(1)(a) - cheating plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty that are intended to gain unfair academic advantage. Filing formal charges should not be taken lightly, but it is appropriate in many cases of academic dishonesty. Please contact us at 805-756-2794 if you have questions regarding whether to file formal charges. 

Our Discretion

In circumstances in which a student has been found responsible for violating the Standards for Student Conduct previously, resulting in an action of disciplinary probation especially, a second violation will result in filing formal charges regardless of whether a reporting faculty member selects "Warning Letter" or "File Formal Charges" due to the student's past behavior. We will notify the reporting faculty member if this is the case. 

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