Academic Integrity Matters

The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters protects academic integrity at the University.  Some examples of offences that are sanctioned under the Code include:

  • Plagiarism - Using the words or ideas of another person without citing the source
  • Unauthorized Aids – Using unauthorized aids, which could be considered cheating on tests and exams
  • Unauthorized Assistance - Having someone else do the work for you
  • Forgery or falsification - Making a false statement, presenting a false document or signing someone else’s name on a document required by the University.
  • Personation - Having someone else write an exam for you or writing an exam for someone else
  • Concocting - Using false data or providing false references
  • Self-Plagiarism - Submitting work for credit in a course when you have submitted it in another course

Instructor resources - UTSC Library Guides: Academic Integrity

Procedures provided under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters

*IMPORTANT: A student may not withdraw from a course to avoid a sanction for an academic offence. If you suspect that a student may have committed an academic offence, advise him/her to continue in the course. Never suggest dropping the course!


Faculty & Staff Academic Integrity FAQ

  1. Meet with the student and point out your concerns.
  2. Visit U of T Scarborough Office of Academic Integrity SharePoint
  3. Reports will no longer be accepted via email; please use the SharePoint site.

NB: If the student has not responded to your request for a meeting by the time grades in the course are due, don’t wait. State that you have not met with the student.

  • You may be more comfortable with a colleague present at your meeting with the student.
  • Nothing the student says to you may be used at a Tribunal hearing, but it can be helpful at the meeting with the Dean’s Designate.
  1. Send the exam anomaly report signed by the chief invigilator to the Office of Academic Integrity.
  2. Send documents (exams, Scantron forms, etc.) with the report.
  3. Let the student know that this will be reported to the Office of Academic Integrity.


  1. Confiscate paper cheat sheets.
  2. Make a note of what is written on body parts. If you have a cell phone with a camera, take a picture of the writing.
  3. Visit U of T Scarborough Office of Academic Integrity SharePoint


  1. Confiscate the device.
  2. Visit U of T Scarborough Office of Academic Integrity SharePoint
  3. If the student was not observed using the device, fill in the Possession of Unauthorized Electronic Device form.
  4. Return the device to the student at the end of the exam after getting the student to sign the Possession form.


  1. Offences in petitions or exam irregularities in deferred exams (Registrar’s office)
  2. Offences in exams supervised by AccessAbility Services.

When the case is resolved and a sanction is imposed you will receive a letter specifying the sanction along with an Amended Marks form. This form is the only means that you can use to report an amended grade for an academic offence. Fill out the form, have your Chair or Director sign it and send it as instructed on the form to the Registrar.

What are some things I can do to deter this behaviour in the future?

Students are responsible for the decisions they make. However, clarifying grey areas is always helpful for students. Clear, specific statements in syllabi, assignment and exam instructions, and class slides about what is and is not allowed in coursework are important. The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UTSC) have many supports available for instructors for such statements and other pedagogical practices that can deter future offences.