Many cases of alleged academic dishonesty on the part of students result from misunderstanding or carelessness. A case of this kind can be addressed through an informal meeting with the student involved. Generally, an explanation and a warning is all that is required. Where, however, the event is such that it should be addressed through a more formal approach, University Council has established a set of rules governing appropriate procedures. These rules cover the investigation of formal allegations of academic dishonesty, determination of consequences, and appeal procedures; they also provide a useful and comprehensive definition of academic dishonesty. The regulations can be found on the Student Academic Honesty website.
Instructors should mention the regulations on and consequences of academic dishonesty in their class outlines.
The pursuit in the scholarly activities of teaching, discovering, preserving and applying knowledge requires an adherence to high standards of honesty, integrity, diversity, equity, fairness, respect for human dignity, freedom of expression, opinion and belief, and the independence to engage in the open pursuit of knowledge.
It is acknowledged that while similar expectations govern all members of the University community, including faculty and staff, these expectations and their associated procedures are dealt with under various of the University’s other formal policies (such as Council’s Guidelines for Academic Conduct) as well as by provincial labour legislation, employment contracts, and collective agreements.
These Regulations on Student Conduct in Non-Academic Matters outline the general expectations, policies and procedures for student behaviour in non-academic matters. It also provides examples of behaviour that may lead to disciplinary action by the University, set out the procedures the University will follow when the Standard has been violated, articulate the rights and responsibilities of students who become subject to these procedures, and provide examples of consequences that may result when this Standard of behaviour is violated.
The policy on Student Conduct in Non-Academic Matters cover the following topics:
- I Purpose
- II Scope
- III Expectations for Student Conduct
- IV Procedures for Resolution of Complaints
Please refer to the University Secretary’s website for further information about this policy and related procedures.