What do I do if I am suspected of having committed an academic offence?!
Do not delay! Seek advice - You are entitled to seek advice before a meeting with the Chair/Director and/or Deans Designates. An adviser in the Academic Advising and Career Centre can help you understand the process. If the offence is very serious, you may wish to consult a student lawyer in Downtown Legal Services.
What if it's my first offence?
- If the assignment is worth 10% or less, the appropriate penalty is zero for the piece of work. You will be invited to meet with the Chair of the Department, or Director of the Centre, in which the course is located.
What if it's not my first offence?
- If the assignment is worth more than 10%, and the Chair/Director believes the offence is serious, you will be asked to make an appointment to meet with a Dean's Designate.
What happens at the meeting?
- You will be asked whether you received a copy of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. Sections of the Code dealing with your rights, the range of sanctions available if you admit to an offence, and the offences as described in the Code, will be reviewed. Evidence will be presented, along with details supporting the allegation of an academic offence. You may be asked to identify your work. You will have the opportunity to offer an explanation. You may be asked questions for clarification. You may be accompanied by counsel.
What if i admit to the offence?
- You will be asked if you wish to make a statement in mitigation. This statement may refer to your personal situation, or anything which you wish to be taken into consideration when determining the sanction. You will not be told what the sanction is at the meeting. You will receive a letter after the meeting informing you of the sanction If the course is finished, your instructor will be requested, by copy of the letter, to submit the final grade in the course. If the course is still under way, you may not withdraw to avoid a sanction. You may wish to make an appointment with an academic adviser. The Dean's Designate does not have to impose a sanction, but may instead send the case to the Provost to ask that a charge be laid.
What if i do NOT admit to the offence?
- The Dean's Designate will send the case to the Provost to ask that a charge be laid. You will receive a letter from the Provost informing you that a charge has been laid and describing the next steps.
Is an allegation ever dismissed?
- If, after careful examination of the evidence, the Dean's Designate believes that an offence was not committed, then you will receive a letter informing you that the charge has been dismissed. You may be warned in the letter about behaviour which brought you under suspicion.