Found within York College's Academic Integrity statement is the consequences for dishonesty: Included below is the full statement with emphasis paid to the consequence statements.

York College’s mission statement stipulates that strict adherence to principles of academic honesty is expected of all students. Therefore, academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at York College. Academic dishonesty refers to actions such as, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabricating research, falsifying academic documents, etc., and includes all situations where students make use of the work of others and claim such work as their own.
When a faculty member believes a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member must inform the student in writing and then has ten business days from that written notification to the student to report the incident to the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Department Chair. Documentation related to instances of academic dishonesty will be kept on file in the student’s permanent record.
  • If the academic dishonesty is the student’s first offense, the faculty member will have the discretion to decide on a suitable sanction up to a grade of 0 for the course. Students are not permitted to withdraw from a course in which they have been accused of academic dishonesty.
Students who believe they have been unjustly charged or sanctioned (in cases involving a first offense) must discuss the situation with the faculty member and have 10 business days thereafter to submit an appeal to Student Welfare Committee through the Dean of Academic Affairs. If an appeal is filed, the Student Welfare Committee will then conduct a hearing to review the charge and/or sanction. In cases of a first offense, the faculty member may request that the Student Welfare Committee conduct a hearing and decide on the sanction, which can involve academic suspension or dismissal from the College, if the faculty member believes the offense to be of an extremely egregious nature.
If the Dean of Academic Affairs determines that the academic dishonesty is the student’s second offense, the Dean will provide written notification to the student, the faculty member, and the Department Chair. The Student Welfare Committee will automatically conduct a hearing to review the charge and decide on an appropriate sanction, which will involve academic suspension or dismissal from the College. Students who believe the Student Welfare Committee has unjustly sanctioned them may submit a written appeal to the Dean of Academic Affairs within 72 hours of receiving notification of the Student Welfare Co

Some common consequences of academic cheating are:

  • Grade-related penalties are routinely assessed ("F" in the course is not uncommon).
  • Students can also be suspended or even permanently expelled from the University for scholastic dishonesty.
  • The creation of a disciplinary record that may very well impact future opportunities.

In addition to tarnishing the students record academic dishonesty reflects poorly on the institutions.

Here is another example of a prominent institutions policies regarding dishonesty:

Procedures as stated in the Rutgers University Catalogue:
  • Your professor obtains the source and compares your paper to it.
  • Your professor highlights plagiarized sections of your paper.
  • Your professor sends your paper and source to the Dean's Office.
|| The Dean's Office determines the level of infraction and imposes sanctions:
Level One:
  • Infraction: Improper footnoting or unauthorized assistance.
  • Sanction: Makeup assignment.
Level Two:
  • Infraction: Quoting or paraphrasing without acknowledgement on a moderate portion of the assignment.
  • Sanction: Probation, a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course.
Level Three:
  • Infraction: Copying or giving assistance on a final exam, plagiarizing major portions of an assignment, using forbidden material during an exam, using a purchased term paper, or altering a graded examination.
  • Sanction: Suspension from the university for one or more terms, with a notation of "academic disciplinary suspension" placed on a student's transcript, and a failing grade in the course.
Level Four:
  • Infraction: Forgery of grade change forms, theft of examinations, dishonesty relating to a graduation thesis, sabotage, and the violation of an ethical code of a profession.
  • Sanction: Expulsion and a permanent transcript notation.