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Expand Can the grade of an XF be removed from a student’s transcript?

Yes, the grade of an XF can be removed from a student’s transcript. The student must submit a written request to the Student Honor Code Office to have the XF removed and permanently replaced with an F. The decision to remove the X will be enacted by the Director of the Student Honor Code Office contingent on the student’s successful completion of the Academic Integrity Intervention Program.


Expand How do I complete the Academic Integrity Intervention Program?


Expand What are some suggested outcomes for Academic Misconduct?

  • XF Outcome.    The XF outcome is intended to identify a student that has failed to uphold the values of academic integrity at Mississippi State University. A student receiving an XF outcome will be administratively dropped from the course. The XF outcome shall be documented on the student’s transcript with the notation "failure due to academic dishonesty". The XF shall be treated as an F for the purposes of calculating Grade Point Average and determination of academic class standing.
  • Grade Outcome.    An appropriate grade penalty may be applied only if the decision is made that the student may remain in the course after being found responsible for academic misconduct. The lowered course grade may result from assigning a "0" on the assignment involved in the misconduct or by assigning a final course grade lower than the student earned.
  • Educational Outcome.    Any student found responsible for academic misconduct may be required to complete the Academic Integrity Intervention Program, in addition to any other outcome assigned. Failure to complete the program in the time frame assigned by the Student Honor Code Office will result in the student being placed on "hold" until the program is completed.

Expand Is the grade of an XF subject to an academic forgiveness policy?

The student may have the XF removed and permanently replaced with an F by completing the Academic Integrity Intervention Program. The resulting F will not be eligible for any "grade forgiveness policy" and cannot be replaced for the calculation of a student’s Grade Point Average.


Expand May a student who is accused of a Student Honor Code violation drop the course in which there is suspicion of misconduct?

Students who are accused of a Student Honor Code violation may not drop the course in which there is suspicion of academic misconduct. A class previously dropped may be reinstated in a student’s record if a violation is found to have occurred after the student successfully dropped the course.


Expand If an academic misconduct case is not resolved when final grades for the course must be submitted, what course grade should the student be assigned?

The student should be assigned the grade "GDP" until the case has been resolved.


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Phone: 662.325.9151
Fax: 662.325.3699

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Mississippi State University
608 Allen Hall
P.O. Box DS
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Mail Stop 9515

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