Academic Misconduct

On January 1, 2017, new Student Academic Misconduct Regulations came into effect. 

Any instances of academic misconduct that occur after January 1 will be considered under the new regulations.

Form for Informal Resolution of Academic Misconduct

Flowchart of new process

Academic Integrity Handout

University Senate and Council policy on Student Discipline

The Regulations on Student Academic Misconduct June 2013 will apply to instances of academic misconduct that occurred prior to January 1, 2017.

When it is believed that a student has cheated, an instructor or invigilator should first follow the informal procedures and speak with the student to discuss the concern. Then if the instructor believes that the cheating is of a serious nature, or they are unable to arrive at a resolution, formal procedures are to be invoked.

"Informal Procedures" are followed when an instructor feels that a student has cheated inadvertently or without intending to do wrong. Many cases of alleged academic misconduct on the part of students result from misunderstanding or carelessness. When an infraction is suspected, the instructor or invigilator should, where possible, speak informally with the student(s) to discuss the matter and to consider an appropriate resolution, after first consulting with the academic administrator of the college or school responsible for instances of academic misconduct.  The informal resolution could be either a grade reduction in the assignment, a re-submission, or both.  When the student and the instructor agree to the informal resolution, both individuals sign the informal resolution of academic misconduct form. This form is kept by the student’s college or school for at least five years or until the student completes their degree. 

"Formal Allegations of Academic Misconduct" are the procedures followed when the allegation is serious enough to require a hearing, or for those situations in which the allegation has not been resolved at the informal level. The formal procedures can be initiated by an instructor, other faculty member, academic administrator, staff member, student, or individual outside the university who is affected by the alleged academic misconduct. The request for a hearing under the "Formal Allegations of Academic Misconduct" section of the Regulations is made to the academic administrator of the college or school that offers the course, and it is dealt with by a college hearing. Further appeal to a university appeal board is permitted only on limited grounds (lack of jurisdiction of the hearing board, bias, failure to follow procedures, and new evidence not available prior).

See the Regulations on Student Academic Misconduct for a complete description of these procedures. 

Students are expected to earn their degree fairly. Academic dishonesty can have serious repercussions for students. Findings of academic misconduct are reflected on student transcripts, often permanently, and will limit future career and educational opportunities. The university has various resources that can assist students with learning how to cite references correctly and to practice good time management skills to resist the urge to plagiarize under pressure. Students are encouraged to contact Student Learning Services and the University Library (citation guides) to access these resources.